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CHICAGO STEEL  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
Chicago picked up a 2-1 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms in the first of their two road games on the weekend. Nicolas Werbik’s 10th of the year gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead midway through the opening frame, but Jake Jaremko evened the score with just over three minutes to play in the period to even the score at one heading into the middle 20 minutes. Tyler Gratton scored the game-winner just two minutes into the second period. It was the Penn State commit’s second goal of the season. The Steel were able to hang onto the lead for the remainder of the game to earn their 15th victory of the season. Reggie Lutz, Corson Green and Matt Kiersted all tallied an assist, and Ales Stezka stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced to move his record to 7-3-0-1 on the season.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at MADISON CAPITOLS 
The RoughRiders are winners of two straight thanks to a 4-1 win in Madison. After Noah Weber gave the Capitols a 1-0 lead in the first period, Bobby Hampton evened the score midway through the frame. He now has four points (3G, 1A) in seven games since coming over from Chicago. Austin Martinsen gave Cedar Rapids the lead with just 31 seconds left in the second period, and Liam Walsh and Justin Cole scored early in the third period to complete the scoring and secure the victory for the RoughRiders. Jake Johnson dished out a pair of assists, and Drew DeRidder earned his second straight victory between the pipes with a 22-save performance.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER 
Bloomington snapped Sioux City’s league-high 12-game winning streak with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. It was a back-and-forth, entertaining first period, but despite 25 combined shots between the two teams, they headed to the second in a scoreless tie. Both teams scored once in the middle frame. Marcel Godbout tallied his fourth of the year on the power play to give the Musketeers the lead before Cameron Burke tied the game with just over four minutes left in the period. The score remained even at one for the rest of the second period and most of the third until Vladislav Dzhioshvili fired a shot past Sioux City goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to give the Thunder the lead, which they would not relinquish. Gabriel Mollot-Hill made 28 saves in the win. The Thunder sit just two points back of the top-four in the Eastern Conference with 23 points (10-8-3-0).
OMAHA LANCERS  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  OT
Des Moines escaped with a 4-3 overtime win against the Omaha Lancers and remain alone in third place in the Western Conference. The Buccaneers held a 2-0 lead early in the second thanks to goals from Kobe Roth and Erik Holmstrom, but Filip Rydstrom got the Lancers on the board and cut the lead in half heading into the final frame. Pierce Crawford tied the game just 17 seconds into the period before Solag Bakich gave Des Moines the lead once more at 3-2. The lead didn’t last long, as Mitch Perrault’s fifth of the season just five minutes later evened the score at three, and the two teams headed to overtime. Collin Rutherford picked up the overtime winner with just under three minutes gone in the extra session. Nick MacNab picked up the win in goal, stopping 22 of the 25 shots he faced. MacNab is now 4-2-0-0 on the season.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at FARGO FORCE 
Fargo scored once in every period to knock off the Sioux Falls Stampede 3-1 at Scheels Arena. Hank Crone put the Force up 1-0 five minutes into the game, and Blake Lizotte doubled the lead early in the second period. Lizotte is now in the midst of a five-game point streak, with eight points (3G, 5A) in that span. Josh Passolt scored the Stampede’s only goal of the game in the second period off a beautiful assist from Max Johnson. The scored remained 2-1 until Martin Sundberg’s empty net goal with just four seconds remaining sealed the victory for Fargo. Ryan Bischel made 19 saves on 20 shots to even his record at 2-2-0-0.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Three first period goals by Dubuque set the tone as the Fighting Saints knocked off the Green Bay Gamblers 6-2 at Resch Center. Dallas Gerads picked up the first of his two goals on the evening on a deflection off Gamblers goaltender Maksim Zhukov to put the visitors up 1-0. After Jared Spooner tied the game on the power play, Jacob Hamacher and Zach Solow found the back of the net to give Dubuque a 3-1 lead. Solow’s goal was scored shorthanded, and the Northeastern commit stretched his point streak to 12 games with that goal and an assist. He has 17 points (4G, 13A) in those 12 contests. Makai Holdener picked up his first USHL goal in the victory, and Colin Theisen also tallied for the Fighting Saints. John Leonard scored the other goal of the game for the Gamblers. Theisen (1G, 1A), Solow (1G, 1A) and Gerads (2G, 1A) all registered multiple points, and Jaxon Castor made 32 saves to earn his sixth victory in his last seven starts. Dubuque is 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 games and alone in second place in the Eastern Conference.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at TRI-CITY STORM 
A trio of second period goals were the difference in the game as the Waterloo Black Hawks traveled to Kearney and knocked off the Tri-City Storm 4-1 at Viaero Center. After a scoreless opening period in which Waterloo outshot Tri-City 13-6, the Black Hawks scored three times in the second period courtesy of Ace Cowans, Nick Swaney and Emil Ohrvall. Swaney added his second of the game in the third period and is the first player on the team to reach double digits in goals this season and was the only player to put up a multi-point performance in the game (2G, 1A). Danny DiGrande was the lone goal scorer for the Storm. Robbie Beydoun stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced to move to 8-5-0-1 on the season. He currently sits with a 1.71 GAA and a .934 SV%.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at LINCOLN STARS 
Lincoln remains just three points out of the top-four in the Western Conference with a 2-1 home victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The two teams played a scoreless first period, and the second was destined for the same until Justin Kendall broke the tie to put the Stars up 1-0 with just over three minutes to play in the middle frame. Collin Adams scored his 15th of the season early in the third to tie the game. The North Dakota commit and New York Islanders prospect now leads the league with 27 points on the season (15G, 12A). Andrei Svechnikov added an assist on the goal to stretch his point streak to a league-high 13 games. In those games, the Russian forward has 23 points (10G, 13A). The game stayed tied until late in the frame, when Harvard commit Henry Bowlby scored his ninth of the season to give the Stars a lead which they would not relinquish. Cayden Primeau was named first star of the game after a 22-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.