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Bloomington Thunder - 4 vs. Madison Capitols - 1
Three third period goals vaulted the Bloomington Thunder to a 4-1 victory over the Madison Capitols. Wyatt Kalynuk got the Thunder on the board late in the first period with a power play goal. Marshall Moise then found the back of the net after a nice pass by Eugene Fadyeyev to tie the game after two periods. Bloomington then exploded for three third period tallies – a power play goal from Alec Mehr, an even strength goal from Griffin Lunn and an empty net tally from Sean Harrison. Gabriel Mollot-Hill picked up the win in goal by stopping 30 of 31 shots.
Chicago Steel - 3 vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks - 1
The Steel scored once in every period to earn a 3-1 win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Thursday afternoon. Anthony Del Gaizo opened the scoring 2:01 into the game. Two minutes later, Bobby Hampton tied the game with a power play goal. Jack Badini gave the Steel the lead in the second period and Chicago sealed the win with an empty net goal. Greg Printz added two assists and Tommy Nappier was outstanding in goal for Chicago. The Ohio State commit turned away 16 of 17 Lumberjacks shots.
Team USA - 8 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints - 2
Team USA had seven different goal scorers in an 8-2 victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Six different players tallied multiple points in the win – Brady Tkachuk (2 A), Scott Reedy (1 G, 2 A), Josh Norris (1 G, 1 A), Grant Mismash (1 G, 1 A), Evan Barratt (2 G, 1 A) and Randy Hernandez (1 G, 1 A). Team USA also finished 2/4 on the power play. Goaltender Dylan St. Cyr stopped 25 of 27 shots to earn the win between the pipes.
Green Bay Gamblers - 4 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders - 1
Three second period goals gave the Gamblers a 4-1 win over the defending Anderson Cup champions. Nathan Moyle and Brody Stevens scored 15 seconds apart to give the Gamblers a 2-0 lead. Green Bay added on quickly as Alexis Binner’s point shot found the back of the net almost three minutes later for a 3-0 lead. Johnny DeRoche scored a 4-on-4 goal to cut the lead to 3-1, but Cedar Rapids was unable to solve David Hrenak, who shared time with Maxim Zhukov. The two goaltenders stopped 33 of 34 shots combined to win their second straight game at the Fall Classic.
Red Bull Salzburg - 3 vs. Youngstown Phantoms - 2
Red Bull Salzburg earned a hard fought 3-2 victory over the hometown Youngstown Phantoms. Red Bull scored the first goal of the game as Marek Valach opened the scoring midway through the first period. Griffin Loughran responded with a shorthanded marker eight minutes later to tie the game at once goal apiece. The Phantoms then took a lead with a Michael Karow power play goal early in the second period. Nicholas Guay then tallied an unassisted goal with just over five minutes remaining in the second. Maximillan Egger scored the eventual game-winning goal at 7:33 of the final frame to even their Fall Classic East record at 1-1-0. Former Green Bay Gamblers goaltender Kevin Reich was the winning goaltender for Red Bull, as he stopped 21 of 23 shots to earn the victory between the pipes.
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.