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GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER 
The Gamblers remain alone in second place in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 4-1 road victory over Bloomington. Green Bay jumped out to a 2-0 lead through one period of play thanks to goals from Nolan Moyle and Jackson Charlesworth. John Leonard made it a 3-0 game in the second before Alec Mehr got Bloomington on the board to cut the lead to 3-1 heading into the final frame. Josh Dunne scored the only goal of the third period to seal the victory for Green Bay. Chris Grando dished out three assists, and David Hrenak made 36 saves on 37 shots for his fifth victory of the season.
LINCOLN STARS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
In a back-and-forth, high scoring affair, the Chicago Steel knocked off the visiting Lincoln Stars 5-4 at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Both teams picked up one goal in the first period. Walker Duehr’s 10th of the season gave Chicago a 1-0 lead 23 seconds into the game before Sam Sternschein scored his second in as many games to tie the game. Christian Evers put the Stars up 2-1 early in the second period, but the Steel responded with goals from Austen Long and Reggie Lutz 1:06 apart to take a 3-2 lead. Lincoln tied the game once again with a Henry Bowlby goal with just 49 seconds remaining in the second, and the two teams headed to the third period tied at three. Chicago captain Marc Johnstone gave his team a 4-3 lead early in the third before Casey Dornbach netted his third of the season to make it a 4-4 game. Lutz scored his second of the game and eighth of the year four minutes later to give Chicago the lead, which they would hold on to for the remainder of the game to secure the win. Lutz (2G, 1A), Duehr (1G, 1A) and Graham Lillibridge (0G. 2A) all tallied multiple points, and Ales Stezka made 30 saves to move to 6-2-0-1 on the season.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at MADISON CAPITOLS 
Youngstown knocked off Madison 3-1 and has picked up at least one point in their last four games. The Capitols took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Branden Suter’s first goal of his USHL career, but the Phantoms scored the next three goals of the game. Sam Craggs and Nicolas Werbik found the back of the net in the second period, and Coale Norris tallied an unassisted marker early in the final frame. Craggs’ goal also was the first of his USHL career, and Werbik also added an assist. Ivan Kulbakov made 30 saves on 31 shots and has now won his last three starts. Youngstown remains just two points out of the top four in the Eastern Conference.
TRI-CITY STORM  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  OT
The Stampede knocked off the Storm 4-3 in overtime at the PREMIER Center. The Storm jumped out to a 2-0 lead late in the first period courtesy of Joseph Campolieto and Paul Washe, but Nolan Walker’s first of his USHL career cut that lead in half heading into the intermission. The score remained 2-1 for most of the second until Eric MacAdams evened the score with just 1:30 left in the frame. Both teams found the back of the net in the final frame – Danny DiGrande scored for Tri-City while Jaxon Nelson tallied for Sioux Falls – and the two teams headed to overtime tied at three. MacAdams scored his second of the game and eighth of the season with just 37 seconds gone in extra time to give Sioux Falls the win. Alex Stevens registered a pair of assists, and Mikhail Berdin made 22 saves to earn his fourth victory of the season.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
Dubuque scored twice in every period to earn a 6-4 victory over Des Moines and move into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference. Jacob Hamacher and Austin Rueschhoff gave the Fighting Saints a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play, but Des Moines stormed back early in the second period to take a 3-2 lead nine minutes into the frame, courtesy of goals from Christopher Berger, Chase Ellingson and Julian Napravnik. Dubuque responded with late goals from Alex Steeves and Dallas Gerads to take a 4-3 lead into the third period, and Zach Solow doubled the lead to 5-3 seven minutes into the final frame. Solow also added an assist in the win extended his assist streak to seven games and his point streak to 10 games, with 14 points (3G, 11A) in those contests. Napravnik’s second of the game cut the lead to 5-4, but Hamacher’s second of the game and fourth point of the night, an empty net goal, sealed the victory for Dubuque. Hamacher (2G, 2A), Steeves (1G, 1A), Rueschhoff (1G, 1A), Solow (1G, 1A) and Quinn Preston (0G, 2A) all picked up multiple points, and Evan Fear picked up his first USHL win in his first career appearance with a 19-save performance.
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.