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Minnesota Blades – 3 vs. Team Illinois – 0
Benny Garrity stopped all 15 shots he faced as the Blades shutout Team Illinois on Friday morning. The Blades scored one goal in each of the three periods in the win. Green Bay Gamblers prospect and University of Notre Dame commit Jack Perbix opened the scoring with an unassisted power play goal with just under seven minutes remaining in the first period. Shane Griffin doubled the Blades lead to two with an assist from Spencer Schneider. Tyler Borsch capped off the scoring early in the third period with helpers from Bryce Brodzinski and Charlie Schoen. Cameron Rowe was solid in between the pipes for Team Illinois, stopping 25 of 28 shots. The Blades finished 1 for 7 on the power play in the game while holding Team Illinois scoreless on their four power play attempts.
Chicago Mission – 6 vs. Minnesota HP Blue – 0
In the second Illinois vs. Minnesota matchup of the day, it was the team from the Land of Lincoln who scored three goals in both the first and third periods to earn the shutout. The Mission opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game as Alex Turcotte found the back of the net courtesy of teammates Alex Vlasic and Brian Silver. Just over two minutes later, it was Owen Lindmark with an assist from Luke Toporowski that doubled the Mission lead. Sioux City prospect Mathieu De St. Phaile added the final Mission goal of the opening frame on the power play with helpers from Turcotte and Hunter Mueller. After a scoreless second period, the Mission exploded for three goals in the final 20 minutes, all in the span of 2:45. Tyler Carpenter scored a pair of goals in 1:05 and Owen Lindmark put the finishing touches on the shutout with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. Nicholas Grabko earned the shutout between the pipes by stopping all 21 HP Blue shots he faced.
Dallas Stars Elite – 7 vs. Minnesota HP Maroon – 1
Six second period tallies led the Dallas Stars Elite program to a 7-1 victory over Minnesota HP Maroon on Friday morning inside Ralston Arena. Chase Yoder scored four times in the contest, the first of which opened the scoring with just under five minutes left in the first period. He then added three more in the second period along with an assist, and the Stars also saw goals from Austin Lidster, Lincoln Hatten and Ryan Robinson. Lidster had four assists, Robinson picked up a pair of helpers, and the trio of Logan Martinson, Owen Farris and Tabor Heaslip all earned one assist each. Nate Bordson scored the only HP Maroon goal in the second period. Both teams were perfect on the penalty kill – the Stars finished 2/2 on the kill while Minnesota HP Maroon killed off its only penalty of the game. Josh Henson picked up the victory in goal for the Stars as he stopped 24 of the 25 Minnesota HP Maroon shots he faced.
Omaha AAA – 3 vs. Oakland Jr. Grizzlies – 1
Playing in their own backyard, Omaha AAA was spurred by a pair of power play goals to knock off the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies on Friday morning. It was a tight checking first period as the shots were only 5-4 in favor of Omaha AAA. The hometown team also scored the only goal of the opening twenty minutes as Sam Renlund found the back of the net just 1:15 into the game. Fargo Force prospect Coltan Wilkie and Jordan Randall picked up the helpers on the Renlund goal, and it was a one-goal game heading into the second period. Omaha AAA doubled their lead early in the second period with Ryan Lesko scoring on the power play with assists to Renlund and Nikolai Jenson. The Jr. Grizzlies cut the lead in half just over seven minutes later with a power play goal of their own courtesy of Matej Pekar with an assist from Adam Kolcon. Omaha also scored the final goal of the game on the power play as this time it was Dustin Sorenson lighting the lamp with an assist from Ryan Sorkin. Sioux City prospect Todd Scott stopped 10 shots in the win for Omaha. The Jr. Grizzlies finished 1/6 on the power play while Omaha AAA was 2/7 with the man advantage.
Compuware – 2 vs. Fox Motors – 0
In a Michigan vs. Michigan matchup, Compuware knocked off Fox Motors with a goal in both the second and third periods. In a very defensive first period that saw Compuware outshoot Fox Motors 4-2, Dubuque Fighting Saints prospect Jacob Semik picked up a power play goal about midway through the second period to give Compuware a 1-0 lead. The score would remain that way until Compuware added a shorthanded goal midway through the third to double the Compuware lead. They would hang on for the remainder of the game to earn the 2-0 win. Both teams were penalized 11 times in the game, but both penalty killing units were outstanding, killing off a combined 21 of 22 power plays in the contest. It was a very tight-checking game as well, as Fox Motors outshot Compuware 20-12 over the course of 60 minutes. Blake Pietila picked up the win in goal for Compuware, as he stopped all 12 Fox Motors shots he faced.
Anaheim Jr. Ducks – 3 vs. Team Wisconsin – 1
The Anaheim Jr. Ducks knocked off Team Wisconsin 3-1 on Friday afternoon inside Ralston Arena. Logan Harris broke a scoreless tie 6:44 into the opening frame, picking up assists from Connor Tabone and Andrew DeCarlo. The score stayed at 1-0 until Jacob Ilda doubled the Anaheim lead to 2-0 just over four minutes into the second period. Joseph Harguindeguy and Jackson Niedermayer tallied assists on the Ilda goal. Team Wisconsin cut the Anaheim lead in half with just over three minutes remaining in the second period thanks to a Jacob Berdal goal. Cole Caufield added an assist on the goal. The Jr. Ducks then iced the win on the man advantage in the third period when Nicholas Rashkovsky found the back of the net with helpers from Niedermayer and Henri Schreifels. Anaheim outshot Team Wisconsin 27-23 in the game. Anaheim finished 1/2 on the man advantage and killed off all five Team Wisconsin power plays.
Colorado Thunderbirds – 4 vs. Belle Tire – 1
The Colorado Thunderbirds defeated Belle Tire 4-1 on Friday thanks to a pair of goals in both the second and third periods. Belle Tire opened the scoring in the second period with a goal from Dalton Duhart and an assist from Dylan Wendt. The Thunderbirds responded about four minutes later as Timothy DeBord found the back of the net with 9:49 remaining in the frame. 51 seconds later, an Alexander Hodges tally gave Colorado a 2-1 lead. Two goals in the third period, including one from Sioux City prospects Jackson Wozniak, sealed the victory for the Thunderbirds. Braden Berlin, Ty Smilanic and John Driscoll also added assists for Colorado in the win. Isaiah Saville was the winning goaltender for the Thunderbirds, stopping 16 of 17 Belle Tire shots to earn the victory.
Honeybaked – 2 vs. LA Jr. Kings – 0
Two second period goals by Fargo Force prospect Ryan Savage gave Honeybaked a 2-0 victory over the LA Jr. Kings. The first twenty minutes were back and forth, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. Savage scored the first goal of the game in the second period with an assist from Joshua Nodler. Honeybaked then doubled their lead to 2-0 thanks to Savage’s second tally of the game with two and a half minutes remaining in the middle twenty minutes. Honeybaked would go on to keep the lead and record the shutout victory. Both penalty kill units were perfect in the game, as the Jr. Kings killed off all four of their penalties, while Honeybaked held L.A. scoreless on their six chances with the man advantage. Mack Guzda stopped all eight shots he faced in the victory.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.