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WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at TRI-CITY STORM 
Tri-City salvaged a weekend split with Waterloo thanks to a 5-2 victory. Nick Swaney’s team-leading 11th goal of the year put the Black Hawks up 1-0 in the first period, but tallies from Linus Weissbach and Danny DiGrande gave the Storm a 2-1 lead heading into the second period. Garrett Wait tied the game midway through the frame, but Logan Drevitch scored just 42 seconds later to put the Storm back ahead at 3-2. The goal was Drevitch’s fifth of the season and first as a member of the Storm since being acquired from Muskegon. Ronnie Atard and Charlie Kelleher completed the scoring in the third period. Bryan Yoon tallied a pair of assists, and Eric Dop made 29 saves for his first career USHL victory.
CHICAGO STEEL  at Team USA (U18) 
Chicago knocked off Team USA 4-1 in Plymouth to complete their weekend sweep away from Fox Valley Ice Arena. After a scoreless opening frame, Adam Karashik and Tyler Inamoto scored for their respective teams in the middle frame to send the two teams into the final 20 minutes tied at one. The Steel then broke out for three goals in the third period in the span of 1:39. Jack Badini gave Chicago the lead at 5:43, Derek Daschke doubled the lead just 35 seconds later, and Tyler Gratton completed the scoring just 1:04 after Daschke’s tally. Daschke’s goal marked his first point in a Steel uniform since being acquired from Muskegon. Ales Stezka turned in a 30-save performance to move to 8-3-0-1 on the season.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER 
After having their league-high 12-game winning streak snapped on Friday, Sioux City responded with a 4-2 victory over Bloomington to earn the weekend split on the road. Alec Mehr gave the Thunder a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game before Jacob Wilson responded midway through the first to tie the game at one heading into the second period. Bloomington took the lead again in the middle frame with an Ethan Somoza tally, but Jackson Keane evened the score once more, and the two teams headed into the final frame tied at two. Eeli Tolvanen’s 14th goal of the season gave the Musketeers the lead eight minutes into the third, and Matt Hellickson added an empty-net goal to seal the victory. Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced to move his league-high win total to 14. That win total leagues all USHL goaltenders, as does his GAA (1.69) and SV% (.936).
LINCOLN STARS  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  OT
The Stars jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period. Brandon Schultz and Ethen Frank put Lincoln up 2-0 through 20 minutes, and recent Minnesota-Duluth commit Justin Richards added to the lead just two minutes into the middle frame. Des Moines stormed back later in the period, as Reed Lebster and Isaac Johnson cut the lead to 3-2 heading into the third period. The score stayed the same until Kobe Roth tied it with just 3:10 remaining in regulation to send the teams to overtime. Frank scored his second goal of the game midway through the extra session to give the Stars the win and put them just one point out of the top half of the Western Conference. Alex Green dished out a pair of helpers, and Cayden Primeau made 24 saves to improve to 6-5-1-1 on the year.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Dubuque completed the weekend home-and-home sweep of the Gamblers with a 4-1 victory at the Mystique Ice Center. Cole Guttman and Matt Berkovitz scored for their respective teams in the opening frame to make it a 1-1 game heading into the second period. Guttman added his second of the game to put the Fighting Saints up 2-1 heading into the final 20 minutes, where Colin Theisen and Makai Holdener completed the scoring. Zach Solow added an assist on Guttman’s second tally to move his point streak to 13 games, tied for the longest such streak in the league this season. In those 13 games, he has tallied 18 points (4G, 14A). Jaxon Castor made 17 saves for his 12th victory of the season. With the win, Dubuque is now 8-0-1 in their last nine games and just four points out of the top spot in the USHL standings.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at MADISON CAPITOLS 
With the 2-1 victory, Cedar Rapids completed the weekend sweep at Madison and are now winners of three straight games dating back to last Saturday. Zac Robbins put the RoughRiders up 1-0 five minutes into the game, but Easton Brodzinski’s team leading 11th goal of the season to tie the game heading into the middle frame. In the second period, Robert Arrak scored the first goal of his USHL career to break the tie and eventually give the RoughRiders the victory, despite being outshot 34-22 in the game. Recent Air Force Academy commit Zack LaRocque was outstanding between the pipes, making 33 saves on 34 Capitols shots to earn his first victory of the season.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at OMAHA LANCERS 
Omaha has picked up at least one point in their last three games courtesy of a 4-1 home win over Muskegon. The Lancers held a 3-0 lead in the second period thanks to a Brian Matthews opening frame tally and goals by Erlands Klavins and Mitch Perrault in the middle 20 minutes. Matt Steeves scored late in the second for Muskegon to cut the lead to 3-1, but Austin Alger added an empty-netter to secure the victory for the Lancers. A pair of newly acquired players helped lead the way, as Greg Printz picked up a pair of assists, and Tommy Nappier stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced for his first victory in an Omaha uniform.
FARGO FORCE  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE 
Sioux Falls head coach Scott Owens picked up his 300th career USHL victory behind the bench with his team’s 6-2 victory over the Fargo Force in the back end of a home-and-home series. A first period goal by Paul DeNaples and a tally by Lean Bergmann in the middle frame had the Stampede holding a 2-0 lead heading into the third, before recently acquired Jacob Paganelli scored twice in 3:16 to even the score. Sioux Falls then responded with four goals to close out the game. Two minutes after Fargo tied it up, Max Johnson broke the deadlock with a power play marker. Josh Passolt doubled the lead later in the frame, and both DeNaples and Alex Stevens added shorthanded empty-net tallies to seal Owens’ 300th win as a USHL head coach. Justin Wells picked up three assists, and Mikahil Berdin made 27 saves on the 29 Fargo shots he faced.
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.