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DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  vs. TEAM USA (U17) 
Goaltender Jan Ruzicka recorded his first career USHL shutout in a 3-0 Buccaneers win. The NHL Central Scouting listed netminder stopped all 28 shots he faced. Collin Rutherford was credited with the game-winning goal after opening the scoring nine minutes into the first. Michigan natives Cameron Orchard and David Keefer continued their tear in Plymouth, MI this weekend, each scoring in consecutive games. Keefer finished the weekend with three goals and two assists. The Michigan State University commit has seven points in his first five games this season.
MADISON CAPITOLS  vs. YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
Madison split the weekend road trip to Youngstown thanks to a late second period tally from veteran forward Eugene Fadyeyev. The goal was his first of the season, and fourth point in as many games. The uncommitted forward scored 10 points in 28 games last season. Kamil Sadlocha turned in a two-point night for Madison, including his first career USHL goal. The Ohio State University commit has four points in four games this season. Goaltender Dryden McKay earned the win in his Madison debut after stopping 29 of 31 shots.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  vs. CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
New York Islanders prospect Collin Adams scored two goals for the second consecutive night to help the Lumberjacks complete the road sweep. The University of North Dakota commit finished the weekend with four goals, one assist and a +6 rating. Rookie Andrei Svechnikov scored his first career USHL goal on a wraparound attempt, and added an assist on the night. The center has four points in five games this season. NHL Central Scouting listed goaltender Adam Brizgala earned his first career USHL win in net after stopping 22 of 23 shots. Defenseman Zach Berzolla extended his point streak to four games with an assist on the night.
BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  vs. CHICAGO STEEL 
Goaltender Tommy Nappier won his third consecutive start after stopping 32 of 33 shots. The Ohio State University commit is 3-0-0-0 with a 1.60 GAA and .943 SV% on the year. After going down 1-0 early, the Steel responded with back-to-back power play goals from Johnny Walker and Reggie Lutz. Both of the goals were the forwards’ second on the year.
FARGO FORCE  vs. DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
Veteran forward Hank Crone led the Force offense with three points and two goals. The Boston University commit opened the scoring for Fargo, and scored the eventual game-winning goal with less than six minutes remaining in the game. Crone has five points in as many games with Fargo this season. Michael Graham scored his third goal of the year, a one-timer that went over the glove of the netminder. Force goalie Matthew Murray improved to 3-2-0-0 on the season after stopping 30 of 32 shots in net.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  vs. SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  – SO
Sioux City won a thrilling back and forth game that would be decided in a shootout. Both goaltenders were superb in net, with Jeremy Swayman stopping 47 of 48 shots for Sioux Falls and Matiss Kivlenieks stopping 34 of 35 for Sioux City. Kivlenieks is now 3-1-0-0 with a 1.21 GAA and .951 SV% with the Musketeers this season after stopping all three Stampede shootout attempts. After taking 11 shots in the game, Sioux City forward Eeli Tolvanen ended the game in the shootout in dramatic fashion. Neither team had scored in the shootout and the Boston College commit displayed some fancy handwork before finishing top shelf. Phillip Knies and Boston Bruins prospect Jack Becker were the lone goal scorers in regulation.
LINCOLN STARS  vs. WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Goaltender Robbie Beydoun picked up his third consecutive win on the year after stopping all 21 shots he faced. The uncommitted goaltender has two shutouts in three games this year, and has a 0.67 GAA and .975 SV%. Uncommitted forward Kevin Charyszyn extend his goal-scoring streak to three games. The Jamison, PA native has five points in five games, including four goals. First year forward Ace Cowans scored his first career USHL goal late in the third period.
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.