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LINCOLN STARS  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  SO
Muskegon remains in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference after a 4-3 shootout victory over the Lincoln Stars. After a scoreless first period, the Lumberjacks scored three times in the middle frame. Collin Adams, Scooter Brickey and Andrei Svechnikov all found the back of the net in the period. Adams registered a goal and assist and now has 26 points on the season (14G, 12A), tied for the league lead. Svechnikov extended his goal streak to seven games and his point streak to 12 games thanks to a goal and assist. Lincoln responded with three goals of their own in the final 20 minutes, courtesy of Gustaf Westlund and two from Brandon Schultz to send the game into overtime. After a scoreless extra session, the two teams headed to a shootout, where Svechnikov scored the only goal to give his team the victory. Adam Brizgala made 36 saves for his sixth victory of the season.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER 
The Thunder split the weekend set with Green Bay thanks to a 2-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. The teams played a scoreless first period, with the Gamblers outshooting the Thunder 8-5. Bloomington took a 2-0 lead in the second period thanks to goals from Mitchell Chaffee and Tarek Baker and were able to hold off Green Bay for the remainder of the game. Vladislav Dzhioshvili picked up the only assist of the game, and Gabriel Mollot-Hill stopped all 32 shots he faced for his third win and second shutout of the season.
Waterloo Black Hawks  at Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 
Cedar Rapids shut out in-state rival Waterloo 3-0 at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. The RoughRiders outshot the Black Hawks 9-8 in the first period, but the two teams headed to the second period in a scoreless tie. Justin Cole scored his first of the season to give the RoughRiders a 1-0 lead heading into the third period. Dalton Messina and Jason Polin found the back of the net in the final frame to complete the scoring and give Cedar Rapids the shutout victory. Robert Arrak, Aleksi Halme, Riese Zmolek and Liam Walsh dished out one assist each, and Drew DeRidder stopped all 23 shots he faced for the first shutout of his USHL career.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
Dubuque picked up a 3-1 win and gave Chicago their first home regulation loss in a game that only saw 42 total shots between the two teams. Jacob Hamacher and Dallas Gerads put the Fighting Saints up 2-0 11:23 into the game before Walker Duehr’s 11th goal of the season made it a 2-1 game heading into the middle frame. Cole Guttman found the back of the net for the third time this season to give Dubuque a 3-1 advantage, a lead they would hold onto for the rest of the game. Alex Steeves, Patrick Kudla, Austin Rueschhoff and Colin Theisen all picked up an assist, and Jaxon Castor stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced for his sixth victory in his last eight starts. With the win, Dubuque remains tied for second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
TRI-CITY STORM  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
Three goals in the second period helped Des Moines defeat Tri-City 5-2 at Buccaneer Arena and move back into third place in the Western Conference. The Buccaneers held a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes thanks to a Mario Ferraro tally. They would extend their lead to 4-1 in the second period courtesy of David Keefer and two from Tommy Parrottino. Keefer added an empty net goal to complete the scoring for Des Moines. Alex Limoges and Joseph Cipollone were the goal scorers for Tri-City. Jan Ruzicka turned 25 of the 27 shots he faced aside to move to 8-4-0-1 on the season.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at FARGO FORCE 
Sioux City now sports a USHL season-high 12 game winning streak courtesy of a 5-2 road victory over the Fargo Force. Shane McMahan and Jack Adams gave the Force a 2-0 lead before Connor Ford and CJ Dodero scored late in the first to tie the game at two after 20 minutes of play. With the goal, Adams continues to lead the league in both goals (16) and points (26). Blake Lizotte tallied an assist on Adams’ goal for his league-leading 20th helper of the season. Aapeli Rasanen and Eeli Tolvanen found the back of the net in the middle frame to give the Musketeers a 4-2 lead after two periods, and Phillip Knies added a shorthanded goal in the third period to complete the scoring. Rasanen, Tolvanen and Knies all picked up a goal and assist each, and Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced for his league-leading 13th victory of the season. Sioux City extended their cushion atop the Western Conference to six points with the victory.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at MADISON CAPITOLS  SO
Youngstown remains just a single point out of the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Madison Capitols. Eric Esposito scored in both the first and second periods to give the Phantoms a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Noah Weber cut the lead in half in the second period, and Billy Jerry found the back of the net early in the third to tie the game and send it into overtime. After a scoreless extra frame, the teams headed to a shootout, where Nicolas Werbik and Coale Norris tallied to give the Phantoms the 3-2 win. Britt League, playing in his first USHL game between the pipes, stopped 32 of 34 shots in addition to both Madison attempts in the shootout.
TEAM USA (U17)  at OMAHA LANCERS 
A trio of third-period goals gave Omaha a 6-3 victory over Team USA’s U17 squad at Ralston Arena. The two teams were even at two goals apiece after one period, with Filip Suchy and Jack Randl scoring for Omaha, while Tyler Weiss and Oliver Wahlstrom found the back of the net for Team USA. Trevor Janicke and Pierce Crawford scored for their respective teams in the middle 20 minutes, and the two clubs started the third period deadlocked in a 3-3 tie. The Lancers took control in the third period, getting a goal from Emilio Pettersen and two from Austin Alger to secure the 6-3 victory. Crawford and Ben Lown added a pair of assists, Filip Rydstrom dished out three helpers, and Peter Thome stopped 11 shots to move to 7-3-1-0 on the season.
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.