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Saturday Recap

10/25/2016, 4:15pm CDT

Chicago Steel win again, Bloomington scores seven and Mittelstadt scores twice.


Dubuque Fighting Saints  [4] vs. Youngstown Phantoms [1]


The Fighting Saints completed the weekend sweep of the Phantoms with a 4-1 victory at Covelli Centre. Cole Guttman picked up his first of the season to open the scoring 5:35 into the game with assists from Regen Cavanagh and Patrick Kudla. Veli-Matti Tiuraniemi then doubled the Dubuque lead with four and a half minutes to play in the second period. Youngstown’s Curtis Hall cut the Fighting Saints lead to 2-1 before the end of the second period, his first career USHL goal. That’s as close as the Phantoms would get, however, as Austin Rueschhoff and Jacob Hamacher tallied goals in the final 20 minutes to earn the 4-1 win. Arizona State University commit Jaxon Castor registered his second victory on the weekend by making 22 saves. With the win, Dubuque now moves a game above .500 at 5-4-0-0, tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.





Cedar Rapids RoughRiders [0] vs. Bloomington Thunder [7]


Three players tallied multiple points for the Thunder in a 7-0 shutout of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Bloomington picked up three goals in the opening frame from Tarek Baker, Ethan Somoza and Daniel Willett. They then added three more in the second period courtesy of Sean Harrison and Vladislav Dzhioshvili, who scored twice in the frame. Somoza scored his second of the game in the third period. Dzhioshvili finished with four points (2G, 2A), Somoza tallied three points (2G, 1A) and Wyatt Kalynuk dished out a pair of assists in the win. Gabriel Mollot-Hill registered the first victory and shutout of his USHL career by stopping all 27 shots he faced.





Omaha Lancers [2] vs. Chicago Steel [4]


Chicago remained perfect with a 4-2 home victory over the Omaha Lancers, whose winning streak was snapped at five games with the loss. It was the Lancers who struck first, however, as goals from Jacob Paganelli and Brannon McManus gave Omaha a 2-0 lead after the first period. With the goal, McManus now sports a seven-game point streak. The Gopher commit has nine points (6G, 3A) in seven games. Chicago responded to take a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes thanks to tallies from Jack Badini, Johnny Walker and Mitch Lewandowski. With Walker’s goal, he now has both a six-game goal and point streak with eight points (6G, 2A) in that time. Walker Duehr added an empty net goal with seven seconds remaining to seal the win. Despite having his shutout streak snapped, Ales Stezka was outstanding between the pipes once again. The Chicago goaltender stopped 27 of 29 shots to keep his record unblemished at 4-0-0-0.  The Steel now sit at 9-0-0-0 on the season.





Lincoln Stars [6] vs. Madison Capitols [1]


The Stars scored twice in every period to earn a 6-1 victory on the road over the Madison Capitols. Dominick Mersch and Henry Bowlby found the back of the net in the opening period for Lincoln while Marshall Moise tallied for Madison, and the Stars took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. The Stars broke the game open in the middle frame thanks to goals from Bowlby and Justin Richards, and held a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Casey Dornbach and Gustaf Weslund added the first goals of their USHL careers in the third period. Both Brandon Schultz and Mike Gillespie registered two assists, while Ethan Frank dished out four helpers for Lincoln.





Green Bay Gamblers [4] vs. Sioux Falls Stampede [2]


Green Bay moved into a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference and salvaged a weekend split with a 4-2 road victory over Sioux Falls. Both teams picked up a goal in the opening period. Jason O’Neill scored for Sioux Falls while Casey Mittelstadt tallied for the Gamblers. Mittelstadt now holds the rookie scoring lead with 10 points (5G, 5A) in 10 games. Austin Albrecht assisted on O’Neill’s goal and now sports a four-game assist and point streak. The University of Massachusetts commit has eight points (2G, 6A) in those four games. Green Bay scored twice in the second period courtesy of Brody Stevens and Jared Spooner, and Matthew Quercia tallied for the Stampede to make it a 3-2 Green Bay lead after 40 minutes. Mittelstadt added an empty net goal, his second TALLY of the game, to seal the victory. Maksim Zhukov stopped 22 of 24 shots and now sits with a 4-2-0-0 record.





Muskegon Lumberjacks [4] vs. Waterloo Black Hawks [3] (SO)


The Lumberjacks picked up their second victory of the weekend with a 4-3 shootout win over the Waterloo Black Hawks at Young Arena. The Black Hawks held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes thanks to goals from Ethan Johnson and Bailey Conger. Keeghan Howdeshell scored in the opening period for Muskegon. Garrett VanWyhe and Collin Adams opened the scoring in the second period to give the Lumberjacks a 3-2 lead before Shane Bowers scored his fifth of the season to tie the game at three after two periods. Bowers is now on a four-game point streak with six points (4G, 2A) in those games. After a scoreless third period and overtime session, the two teams headed to a shootout, where Adams picked up the only goal of the shootout to give Muskegon the victory. Keith Petruzzelli earned his second straight victory by stopping 29 of 32 shots, including all three Waterloo 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.

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