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DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  vs. TEAM USA (U17) 
The Buccaneers remain unbeaten in regulation after a dominate performance in Plymouth, MI. Michigan natives David Keefer, Cameron Orchard and Tommy Parrottino all scored for Des Moines, with Keefer finishing with four points (2G, 2A). NHL Central Scouting defenseman Mario Ferraro dished out two assists, and now has four points in four games. Veteran goaltender Nick MacNab won his first USHL start this season, stopping 23 of 26 shots in net. 2016 1st overall USHL Draft pick Gavin Hain (Sioux Falls Stampede) was called up to play with Team USA for the weekend, and scored his first career USHL goal.
MADISON CAPITOLS  vs. YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
The Phantoms won their home opener via the shutout. Ivan Kulbakov is now 2-0-0-0 on the season and has stopped 34 of 35 shots in his first two games. Youngstown’s offense was once again led by veteran forward Austin Pooley who scored his fifth goal to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games. Michigan State University commit Noah Lalonde scored his first goal of the season to seal the victory. Lalonde had 20 points in 45 games last season with Youngstown.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  vs. CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
The Lumberjacks responded to an early 1-0 deficit with four consecutive goals in the second period to improve to 3-1-0-0 on the season. New York Islanders prospect Collin Adams scored back-to-back goals to give Muskegon the lead. The University of North Dakota commit has six points in his first four games this season. Former RoughRiders defenseman Derek Deschke scored the game-winning goal in addition to adding an assist. The Western Michigan University commit has four points in four games with Muskegon this season. Defenseman Zach Berzolla added another goal to his season’s total, while forward Casey Gilling was credited with a goal and assist. Goaltender Keith Petruzzeli stopped 25 of 27 shots for his third consecutive win in net.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  vs. OMAHA LANCERS 
Omaha picked up their first win of the year thanks to an offensive explosion. The Lancers got goals from six different players, including one from veteran forward Brannon McManus. The University of Minnesota commit has three goals in his last two games with Omaha. As for the rest of the offense, five different players scored their first career USHL goals: Emilio Pettersen, Derek Hamelin, Marcus Bjork and Connor Marshall. Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Peter Thome stopped 23 of 26 shots for his first career USHL win. In total, 14 different players were credited with a point in Omaha’s win.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  vs. TRI-CITY STORM 
The Gamblers completed the sweep of Tri-City while on the road. Jared Spooner led the Green Bay offense with two goals, while Casey Mittelstadt and Connor Mackey each dished out a pair of assists. Brock Caufield scored his first career USHL goal on the night halfway through the third period. Brock is the third generation of his family to play in the USHL. Goaltender Maxim Zhukov picked up the win in net, improving his record to 2-1-0-0.
FARGO FORCE  vs. DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
The Force brought their number one ranked power play and penalty kill on the road in the USHL Game of the Week. Veteran forward Christiano Versich scored a goal and added two assists, while forward Jack Adams scored his fourth goal in as many games this season. The Force killed all five Dubuque power plays, and goaltender Matthew Murray picked up his second win of the year after stopping 19 of 21 shots.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  vs. LINCOLN STARS 
Dominick Mersch scored just three minutes into the first period for the game’s only goal. The game-winner is Mersch’s second of the season in four games. The Wisconsin commit scored 11 points in 58 games last season. Goaltender Josef Korennar was stellar in net, stopping all 27 shots he faced. The Czech goaltender is a perfect 2-0-0-0 on the season. Lincoln improved to 3-2-0-0 on the season and 2-2-0-0 at home.
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.