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Friday Recap

10/29/2016, 1:30pm CDT

Chicago Steel tie a USHL win record, Eeli Tolvanen dominates and Winnipeg Jets prospect Mikhail Berdin sets a team saves record.


Team USA U18 [2] vs. Youngstown Phantoms [3]


The Phantoms overcame deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to knock off Team USA 3-2 inside the Covelli Centre. Tyler Inamoto scored his first goal of the season two and a half minutes into the opening period to give Team USA a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. The other four goals of the game came in the middle frame. The Phantoms responded early in the second with an Alex Esposito tally to tie the game before Sean Dhooghe scored a beautiful power play goal to put Team USA back on top just two minutes later. Evan Wisocky then tied the game for Youngstown, and Nicolas Werbik tallied the game-winner about four minutes following Werbik’s tally. The Phantoms then held off Team USA for the final 20 minutes to pick up the victory. Ivan Kulbakov stopped 20 of 22 shots to earn his fifth victory in six starts. Youngstown now sits just two points out of second place in the Eastern Conference.





Sioux Falls Stampede [2] vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks [1]


The Stampede got back into the win column with a 2-1 road victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Sioux Falls picked up the only goal of the opening period. Will Garin, who played in his first game in a Stampede uniform after being acquired from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, opened the scoring six minutes into the first period to give his new team a 1-0 lead. After a scoreless second period, Logan Drevitch picked up his fourth of the season to tie the game just 2:25 into the third period. The teams remained deadlocked until Lean Bergmann scored his second goal of the year to give Sioux Falls a 2-1 advantage, a lead they would hang onto to secure the victory. Garin added an assist on the Bergmann goal, giving his two points in his Sioux Falls debut. Winnipeg Jets prospect Mikhail Berdin set a club record for most saves in a game with 59, and he secured the victory to move to 2-2-0-0 on the season.





Omaha Lancers [2] vs. Bloomington Thunder [3]


The Lancers and Thunder traded goals all night, but Bloomington ultimately prevailed with a 3-2 home victory over Omaha. Vladislav Dzhioshvili scored the only goal of the first period, and Bloomington held a 1-0 advantage heading into the second period. Mitch Perreault evened the score midway through the second, and the teams were deadlocked heading to the final period of play. August Von-Ungern Sternberg gave Bloomington a 2-1 lead before Brian Matthews evened the score once more at 13:27. Just under two minutes later, Marko Reifenberger’s first goal of the season proved to be the game-winner to give the Thunder the 3-2 victory. Gabriel Mollot-Hill made 33 saves en route to his second straight victory.





Cedar Rapids RoughRiders [0] vs. Chicago Steel [3]


Chicago has now tied the USHL Tier 1 record for the most consecutive wins to start a season, as they now sit at 10-0-0-0 on the year thanks to a 3-0 shutout of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at Fox Valley Ice Arena. The Steel scored once in each period. Walker Duehr, who had two points on the night, tallied in the first. Minnesota State commit Jake Jaremko doubled the Chicago lead in the middle frame, and Johnny Walker rounded out the scoring in the third period. Walker now has goals in seven consecutive games, the longest streak in the USHL this season. Tommy Nappier stopped all 24 shots he faced for the first shutout of his USHL career and the fourth shutout for the Steel on the season.





Tri-City Storm [5] vs. Fargo Force [3]


The Storm scored four first period goals en route to a 5-3 victory over the Fargo Force. Paul Washe scored twice in the first two and a half minutes of the game to put his team up 2-0. The lead was then doubled to four thanks to tallies from Wyatt Bongiovanni and Alex Limoges. Fargo eventually cut the lead to 4-3 after two periods thanks to a goal from Carson Musser and two from Jack Adams, but Philip Alftberg sealed the victory for the Storm with his third of the season late in the final period. Dayton Rasmussen stopped 32 Fargo shots to move his record to 5-2-0-1 on the season.





Lincoln Stars [1] vs. Green Bay Gamblers [4]


Green Bay scored twice in both the second and third period to earn a 4-1 home victory over the Lincoln Stars. After a scoreless opening frame, it was the visitors who jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second period thanks to Casey Dornbach, but two goals from Chris Grando gave the Gamblers a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Jared Spooner and Jason Dhooghe then scored in the third period to give the home team the 4-1 win. Josh Kosack dished out a pair of assists, and Maksim Zhukov stopped 28 of the 29 shots he saw for his fifth victory of the season. The Gamblers now sit alone in second place in the Eastern Conference.





Des Moines Buccaneers [3] vs. Sioux City Musketeers [4]


Eeli Tolvanen tallied a pair of goals to give the Sioux City Musketeers a 4-3 home victory over the Western Conference-leading Des Moines Buccaneers. Sioux City held a 2-0 lead after one period of play thanks to goals from Tolvanen and CJ Dodero. The Buccaneers responded with the only goal of the middle frame thanks to Collin Rutherford to make it a 2-1 game heading into the third period. Isaac Johnson then evened the score before Brian Rigali scored off a beautiful pass from Aapeli Rasanen to give the Musketeers the lead once more. Just 35 seconds later, Solag Bakich made it a 3-3 game. The game was looking destined for overtime before Tolvanen scored his second of the game and seventh of the season on a breakaway to give his team the 4-3 victory. Matiss Kivlenieks picked up his sixth victory over the season by stopping 30 of 33 shots.





Dubuque Fighting Saints [2] vs. Waterloo Black Hawks [3]


The in-state rivals played an entertaining, back and forth game, with the Black Hawks ultimately coming out on top with a 3-2 victory. Chicago Blackhawks prospect Jake Ryczek opened the scoring off a bounce in front of the net just 41 seconds into the game, but David Brumm responded for Dubuque just two minutes later to tie the game. The scored stayed that way for about 10 minutes until Garrett Klee’s third goal of the season gave Waterloo a 2-1 lead heading into the second period. After a scoreless second period, Bailey Conger’s shorthanded tally doubled the Black Hawks lead to 3-1. R.J. Murphy cut the lead in half just three minutes later, but that’s as close as the Fighting Saints would get, and the Black Hawks took the first game of the weekend home-and-home series. Severi Isokangas picked up the win after coming on in relief of starter Robbie Beydoun. The two goaltenders made 28 combined saves in the victory.





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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