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Youngstown Phantoms – 6 vs. Team USA – 1
The Phantoms exacted revenge for last weekend’s loss as they knocked off Team USA 6-1 in Plymouth. Youngstown scored three times in the first period as Marcus Joseph, Austin Pooley and Evan Wisocky found the back of the net in the opening frame. Chase Gresock tallied his second of the year in the middle period and Pooley added his second of the game to give the Phantoms a 5-1 lead after two periods. Ivan Kulbakov picked up his first career win during his USHL debut by stopping 16 of 17 Team USA shots.
Sioux City Musketeers – 2 vs. Tri-City Storm – 4
On the night where they raised their 2016 Clark Cup Champions banner to the rafters at the Viaero Center, the Storm scored two goals in the third period to defeat the Musketeers. The Storm have picked up five of the possible six points in their first three games. Top 2017 NHL Draft prospect Eeli Tolvanen opened the scoring to give Sioux City a 1-0 lead before Paul Washe scored his second of the year to even the score heading into the first intermission. The Musketeers took the lead once more in the middle frame with a Jamie Armstrong tally, but Wyatt Bongiovanni made it a 2-2 game with just six seconds remaining in the period. Washe added his second goal of the game just 1:37 into the final frame to give the Storm a 3-2 lead before adding an empty netter with 44 seconds to play to seal the win for Tri-City. Veteran forward Alex Limoges finished with a pair of assists on the night. Dayton Rasmussen stopped 16 of 18 shots to earn his second win of the year.
Bloomington Thunder – 1 vs. Chicago Steel – 2 (OT)
In what is becoming one of the best rivalries in the USHL, the Chicago Steel picked up an overtime goal to pick up a 2-1 victory over the Bloomington Thunder and move their record to 2-0-0. The Thunder opened the scoring in the first period as Sean Harrison found the back of the net 4:30 into the frame to give Bloomington a 1-0 lead. The score would stay that way until late in the second frame. Greg Printz, who had two goals in a 4-0 win over Green Bay last week, tallied his third goal of the year to even the score with just under six minutes to play in the period. After a scoreless third period, Walker Duehr scored his first goal of the season, the overtime game-winner, to give his team the win. Ohio State commit Tommy Nappier made 25 saves to give Chicago the victory.
Sioux Falls Stampede – 8 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders – 3
Three goals in both the first and third periods powered the Stampede to a 8-3 road victory over Cedar Rapids, despite the RoughRiders finishing with a 37-32 edge in shots. Jack Doremus, Josh Passolt and Jason O’Neill scored the first period goals for the Stampede. Sioux Falls also picked up goals from Austin Martinsen, Jaxon Nelson, Austin Albrecht and two from Eric MacAdams, who scored a goal and added the shootout winner in a victory last week over the Tri-City Storm. Nick Bowman, TJ Walsh and Zac Robbins tallied for Cedar Rapids. Albrechth added three helpers and Jeremy Swayman stopped 34 of 37 shots in the win. Swayman has made 82 saves in his first two appearances.
Waterloo Black Hawks – 2 vs. Fargo Force – 0
One goal each in both the second and third periods propelled Waterloo to a 2-0 shutout over Fargo at Scheels Arena. Goaltender Robbie Beydoun, a former Fargo netminder, earned the shutout against his former team by stopping all 27 shots he faced. It was the third shutout of Beydoun’s USHL career. After a scoreless first period in which Fargo outshot the Black Hawks 12-11, Nick Swaney picked up his first goal of the season with assists to Shane Bowers and Beydoun to give Waterloo a 1-0 lead 3:23 into the second. It was a hard-fought game the rest of the way, the only other goal being an empty netter by Providence College commit and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Jake Ryczek with just 16 seconds left in the game.
Madison Capitols – 4 vs. Omaha Lancers – 0
After losing a pair of close games last week, the Madison Capitols rebounded with a 4-0 shutout of the Omaha Lancers at Ralston Arena. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first period, but Billy Jerry and Nicholas Austin scored in the second to give the Capitols a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. Philip Nyberg and Eetu Selanne scored in the third period to give Madison the 4-0 win. Wisconsin commit Mick Messner and Ohio State commit Kamil Sadlocha tallied a pair of assists each, and Daniel Lebedeff turned aside all 32 Omaha shots that came his way.
Green Bay Gamblers – 1 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints – 2
In an Eastern Conference playoff rematch from last season, a late third period goal gave the Saints a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Green Bay Gamblers. It was a late first period goal by Zach Solow with just 22 seconds left in the frame that gave Dubuque a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Green Bay then responded with the only goal of the second period as Connor Mackey tallied his first of the year, an unassisted power play marker, to even the score heading into the final 20 minutes. The game stayed tied for the majority of the period until defenseman Michael Boyle scored the game-winning goal with just 44 seconds left in the game. Jaxon Castor made 19 saves to move his team’s record to 2-0-0. It was the second 2-1 win in as many games for the Fighting Saints.
Des Moines Buccaneers – 3 vs. Lincoln Stars – 4 (SO)
In arguably the most exciting game of the night, the Lincoln Stars knocked off the Des Moines Buccaneers 4-3 in a shootout to even their record to 1-1-0. The Buccaneers have picked up at least a point in each of their first two games. Both teams scored once in the first period and twice in the middle frame. Ethen Frank and Isaac Johnson scored for their respective teams for a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes. Lincoln then took a 3-1 lead thanks to tallies from Henry Bowlby and Justin Richards, but the Buccaneers scored twice in eight seconds with goals from Solag Bakich and Christopher Berger to make it a 3-3 game. After a scoreless overtime period, the teams headed to a shootout, where Frank scored the only goal to give Lincoln their first victory over the season. Josef Korenar earned the first victory of his USHL career by stopping 26 shots in the 67 minutes between regulation and overtime, as well as all three Des Moines attempts in the shootout.
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.