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MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  OT
In front of a sold-out crowd at Covelli Centre, the Muskegon Lumberjacks knocked off the Youngstown Phantoms 4-3 in overtime. Mikael Hakkarainen scored his first goal as a member of the Lumberjacks to open the scoring 7:28 into the first period. Dalton Hunter responded with the first goal of his USHL career just two minutes later to tie the game at one heading into the middle frame. The score remained even for most of the second period until Koby Bender gave Muskegon the lead with just over two minutes remaining in the second. The Phantoms responded early in the third period with Brett Murray finding the back of the net early in the final 20 minutes to make it a 2-2 game. Will Smith gave the Lumberjacks the lead once more with his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Bender, with just over three minutes remaining in the game. That appeared to be the game-winner, but Alec Mahalak found the back of the net with just one second remaining in regulation to send the two teams to overtime. In the extra session, Garett Van Wyhe scored his third goal of the season to give Muskegon the victory. Keith Petruzzelli made 26 saves to move to 7-5-0-0 on the season. With the win, the Lumberjacks moved into sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference standings with 26 points (13-10-0-0).
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at TEAM USA (U18) 
Team USA snapped Cedar Rapids’ three-game winning streak with a 1-0 win over the RoughRiders at USA Hockey Arena. After a scoreless opening period that saw Team USA outshoot Cedar Rapids 14-2, Logan Cockerill got Team USA on the board 10:45 into the second period. Scott Reedy picked up the lone assist on the Cockerill goal, which ended up as the game-winner. Despite the loss, RoughRiders goaltender Drew DeRidder was outstanding between the pipes, stopping 37 of the 38 shots he faced. On the other side, University of Michigan commit Dylan St. Cyr was also stellar, stopping all 15 shots he faced for his sixth victory of the season. The shutout was the first of his USHL career.
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.