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Youngstown Phantoms – 7 vs. Team USA (U17) – 1
For the second time in as many nights, the Phantoms knocked off Team USA at USA Hockey Arena. Alex Esposito and Nicolas Werbik each scored their respective first goals of the season to give Youngstown a 2-0 lead after the first period. Werbik also tallied a pair of assists. The Phantoms then added five goals in the middle frame including career firsts from Buffalo Sabres prospect Brett Murray and rookie Max Ellis. The Phantoms finished 2-4 on the power play in the game while killing off all four Team USA chances on the man advantage. Darion Hanson picked up his second victory of the season by stopping 24 Team USA shots.
Muskegon Lumberjacks – 2 vs. Team USA (U18) – 1 (OT)
The Lumberjacks picked up their second victory of the season thanks to an overtime goal by Scooter Brickey to vault Muskegon to a 2-1 victory over Team USA. The first period came and went without any goals, a period in which Muskegon outshot Team USA 9-5. The second period was also a scoreless frame with Muskegon holding the edge in shots 13-5. Both teams scored once in the third period: Keeghan Howdeshell gave the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead four and a half minutes into the third before Jacob Tortora evened the score with just under four minutes to play in regulation to send the teams to overtime. Muskegon started the extra session on the power play where Brickey scored his second goal of the season to give his team the victory. Keith Petruzzelli stopped 20 of 21 shots to get his second victory of the season.
Fargo Force – 2 vs. Sioux City Musketeers – 5
The Musketeers tallied two goals in both the second and third periods to notch a 5-2 victory over the Fargo Force at the Tyson Events Center. Eeli Tolvanen, a Boston College commit, opened the scoring with just under five minutes remaining in the first period to give Sioux City a 1-0 lead before Fargo’s Martin Sundberg tied the game with just 43 seconds remaining in the frame. Tolvanen scored his second goal of the game and Phillip Knies added his first of the year to give the Musketeers a 3-1 lead before Jack Adams scored his third of the season to make it a 3-2 game at the end of 40 minutes. Sioux City added a pair of empty net goals. Matiss Kivlenieks earned his second victory of the season with 23 saves on 25 Force shots.
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders – 1 vs. Bloomington Thunder – 4
All five goals in the game came in the second period as the Thunder knocked off the RoughRiders 4-1 in a rematch of last season’s Clark Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinal series. After a scoreless opening period that saw the Thunder double up the Riders in shots 12-6, Mitchell Chaffee opened the scoring 13 seconds into the second period to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. Wyatt Kalynuk doubled the Thunder lead just 1:22 later shorthanded before Zac Robbins made it a 2-1 game halfway through the second. Bloomington added two more goals from Alec Mehr and Cameron Burke for the 4-1 win. Merrimack commit Logan Halladay earned the win by stopping 34 of 35 shots.
Omaha Lancers – 3 vs. Des Moines Buccaneers – 8
Three second period goals and four third period tallies gave the Des Moines Buccaneers a 8-3 victory over the Omaha Lancers. Julian Napravnik had a hat trick for the Buccaneers in the win. After Omaha’s Brannon McManus gave Omaha a 1-0 lead, Colin Ugbekile tied the game at one after the first period. Kobe Roth, Eric Otto and Napravnik made it a 4-1 game, but McManus scored his second of the game to make it a 4-2 through 40 minutes. Napravnik scored twice in the third period, and Des Moines also got goals in the frame from Collin Rutherford and Tommy Parrottino. Bowling Green commit Trevor St. Jean scored in the final frame for the Lancers. Both teams scored twice on the power play and Jan Ruzicka turned 18 of 21 shots aside for his second victory of the season.
Dubuque Fighting Saints – 3 vs. Chicago Steel – 6
Chicago kept their perfect record in tact by doubling up Eastern Conference rival Dubuque 6-3 at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Dubuque jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Regen Cavanagh and Jacob Semik before Reggie Lutz and Mitch Lewandowski scored for the Steel to make it a 2-2 game after 20 minutes. In the second period, Chicago got goals from Baker Shore and Adam Karashik while Patrick Kudla found the back of the net for Dubuque. Walker Duehr and Greg Printz scored in the final frame for the Steel. Printz has four goals on the season and has scored in every game so far this season. Defenseman Matt Kiersted added a pair of helpers and Tommy Nappier picked up his second straight win with 25 saves on 28 Dubuque attempts.
Lincoln Stars – 3 vs. Tri-City Storm – 2
The Stars exacted revenge for their opening night loss over the Storm with a 3-2 victory over Tri-City. The defending Clark Cup champions had a 1-0 lead after the first period thanks to a goal from Charlie Kelleher, his first career USHL tally. The Stars responded with a pair of goals in the second period from Christian Evers and Mike Gillespie to hold a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes. Carson Vance tied the game at two 7:51 into the third, but Dominick Mersch scored the game-winning goal less than three minutes later to give Lincoln their second straight victory. Northeastern commit Cayden Primeau was the winner in net for the Stars by stopping 34 of 36 shots.
Waterloo Black Hawks – 5 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede – 2
Waterloo picked up their second straight victory with a 5-2 road victory over the Sioux Falls Stampede. Both teams scored once in the opening period – Max Johnson for Sioux Falls and Emil Ohrvall for the Black Hawks. Kevin Charyszyn and Nick Swaney added tallies in the middle frame to give Waterloo a 3-1 lead. Ohrvall scored his second goal of the game in the third period and Shane Bowers also scored in the third for the Black Hawks. Robbie Beydoun earned his second victory of the season after earning a shutout against the Fargo Force last night. The uncommitted netminder picked up the win by stopping 31 shots.
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.