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MADISON CAPITOLS  at TEAM USA (U18) 
The Capitols scored once in the second period and three times in the third period to knock off the Team USA U18 squad 4-2 in Plymouth. After a scoreless opening period, Easton Brodzinski’s third goal of the season put Madison up 1-0 heading into the third period. Cole Hults doubled the lead to 2-0 before Scott Reedy and Max Gildon scored two minutes apart to even the game at two. Billy Jerry broke the tie just four minutes later, and Kevin O’Neil picked up his first of the year with just 23 seconds remaining in the game to seal the victory. Dryden McKay picked up his second straight win with a 30-save performance.
BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
Bloomington picked up one goal in each period to win their third straight game and get back to .500 on the season (6-6-2-0). Tarek Baker picked up a pair of tallies in the win, the first of which coming late in the first period to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. August Von Ungern-Sternberg added his second of the season late in the middle frame to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage heading into the third period. Brad Cocca cut the lead in half early in the final frame, but Baker’s second of the game and fifth of the season with 27 seconds remaining capped off the win for Bloomington. Both teams had just 20 shots in the game, and Logan Halladay earned the victory between the pipes for the Thunder, stopping 19 of the 20 Phantoms shots he faced.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 home victory over Cedar Rapids. The RoughRiders struck first with a Zac Robbins marker midway through the opening period to give the visitors a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Minnesota State University, Mankato commit Reggie Lutz tied the game five minutes into the second, but Jason Polin gave Cedar Rapids the lead right back just 37 seconds after the Steel had evened the score. Chicago then responded with a shorthanded goal from Marc Johnstone and Graham Lillibridge’s first goal of the season to regain the lead at 3-2 heading into the third period. Corson Green scored his second of the year to double the Steel lead, and Chicago would hang on to pick up the win. Tommy Nappier made 16 saves on 18 Cedar Rapids shots. The Steel remain atop the USHL standings with 24 points (11-1-1-1).
FARGO FORCE  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
Des Moines took a 3-0 lead early in the second period and was able to hang on for a 3-2 win at home over Fargo. Goals from Eric Otto and Christopher Berger gave the Buccaneers a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period. David Keefer made it 3-0 five minutes into the middle frame before Michael Graham got the Force on the board, and it was 3-1 heading into the third. Jack Adams picked up his league-leading 12th goal of the season to make it a 3-2 game, but the Buccaneers kept Fargo at bay the rest of the way. Adams now sports a five-game goal and point streak, with seven goals and eight points in that stretch dating back to October 28. Jan Ruzicka made 34 saves to move to 6-2-0-1 on the season.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at OMAHA LANCERS 
The Lancers earned a 4-3 home victory over the Stampede and are tied for the fourth spot in the Western Conference (7-7-1-0). The Lancers took a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Jack Randl and Ben Lown just 39 seconds apart. Randl added his second of the game in the middle frame. Max Johnson and Josh Passolt also scored in the second period, and Omaha took a 3-2 lead heading into the final 20 minutes. Jack Doremus tied the game with just 3:35 to play, but Emilio Pettersen scored with just 27 seconds remaining in the contest to give the Lancers a 4-3 victory. Peter Thome turned 13 of the 16 Stampede shots he faced aside to move to 6-1-1-0 on the season.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Despite being outshot 45-22, the Musketeers were able to hang on for a 2-1 road victory over the Black Hawks and pick up their sixth straight victory. Micah Miller opened the scoring just 3:47 into the game to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The scored stayed the same until midway through the second period, where Bailey Conger’s third of the season evened the game at one. The game remained tied until Connor Ford gave the Musketeers a 2-1 lead eight minutes into the third period, and Sioux City was able to hang on for the final 12 minutes of the game to pick up the win. With the goal, Ford is now in the middle of a three-game goal streak dating back to November 4. He has three goals in that span. Matiss Kivlenieks was outstanding in goal for Sioux City, stopping 44 of 45 shots to earn his ninth victory of the season. Sioux City is now tied with Waterloo atop the Western Conference standings.
TRI-CITY STORM  at LINCOLN STARS  OT
The two teams were scoreless through 20 minutes of play, but the Storm’s Brian Hawkinson broke the tie just 1:35 into the second period to give his team a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Chayse Primeau brought the Stars back even. Philip Alftberg’s fourth of the season gave Tri-City their second lead of the game, but once more Lincoln responded, this time with a Luka Maver tally, to make it a 2-2 game heading into the third period. After a scoreless final frame, the teams headed to overtime, where Maver’s second of the game and third of the season gave Lincoln a 3-2 victory over their in-state rivals. Alex Limoges picked up an assist in the loss to extend his point streak to nine games, the longest such streak in the USHL this season. Josef Korenar stopped 24 of the 26 Storm attempts he faced, and Lincoln remains just a single point out of a top-four spot in the Western Conference.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
Dubuque snapped Green Bay’s winning streak with a 3-2 home victory. Both teams scored once in the first period. Veli-Matti Tiuraniemi gave the Fighting Saints a 1-0 advantage before Chris Grando tallied his fifth of the season to even the score. Austin Rueschhoff scored the only goal of the middle frame, his third of the season, to give Dubuque a 2-1 lead heading into the third period. Jeff Baum’s first goal of his USHL career 29 seconds into the final 20 minutes ended up being the game winner, despite a late Gamblers tally from Brody Stevens. Dubuque’s Zach Solow picked up a pair of assists to extended his point and assist streaks to five games. The Northeastern commit has seven helpers in that span. Jaxon Castor made 16 saves to move his record back to .500 (6-6-0-1), and the Fighting Saints remain in a tie for the fourth position in the Eastern Conference.
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.