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GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
Most of the first period between the two teams was scoreless until Josh Kosack opened the scoring with just 37 seconds remaining in the frame to put Green Bay up 1-0. The Gamblers then doubled their lead just 27 seconds later thanks to a Dante Palecco tally. The lead ballooned to 5-0 through 40 minutes thanks to second period goals from Matt Berkovitz, Josh Dunne and Brody Stevens. The RoughRiders got on the board early in the final frame courtesy of Zac Robbins, and Matt Jennings closed out the scoring for Green Bay. Jared Spooner, Chris Grando, and Connor Mackey all dished out two assists in the win, and Maksim Zhukov stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced for his ninth victory of the season. The Gamblers remain one point out of the top-four in the Eastern Conference.
BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  at CHICAGO STEEL 
Two late third period goals led the Bloomington Thunder to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Chicago Steel at Fox Valley Ice Arena. The game remained scoreless until late in the first period, when Alec Mehr found the back of the net with just under two minutes remaining in the frame to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. After a scoreless second period, Bloomington went into the final frame still holding that 1-0 advantage. Johnny Walker tied the game with his 12th goal of the season two minutes into the third, and Austen Long scored shorthanded to give Chicago the lead about eight minutes later. With just over five minutes to play in the game, Mehr's second tally of the night tied the game on a penalty shot, and Mitchell Chaffee scored the game-winner just 1:33 later. It was Mehr's fourth career multi-point game. Gabriel Mollot-Hill made 24 saves and is now 3-1-0-0 in his last four decisions. He has a 1.83 GAA and .935 SV% this season. With the victory, Bloomington is back over .500 at 11-10-3-0.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
A three-goal opening period kickstarted Youngstown to a 4-1 road win at Buccaneer Arena. Coale Norris and Brett Murray scored 18 seconds apart midway through the first, and Austin Pooley made it a 3-0 game with just 59 seconds remaining in the period. David Keefer scored midway through the second period to cut the lead to 3-1, but Curtis Hall added an empty net goal to seal the victory for the Phantoms. Hall also registered an assist and now has back-to-back multi-point games. He ranks second in 16-year-old rookie scoring. Ivan Kulbakov earned the win with a 29-save performance. Youngstown is now alone in third place in the Eastern Conference standings, just one point back of second.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at FARGO FORCE 
Fargo is now 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games thanks to a 4-1 home win over the Waterloo Black Hawks. The Force held a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes courtesy of Jacob Paganelli, Grant Meyer and Jack Adams. Adams' goal was his 17th of the season. He also added two assists and now leads the USHL with those 17 goals as well as his 29 points. Waterloo native Hunter Lellig scored the first goal of his USHL career late in the second period, but Paganelli added his second of the game on an empty-netter with just 15 seconds remaining in the frame to give Fargo the three-goal victory. Matthew Murray stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced for his 12th victory of the season, third among all USHL goaltenders. Fargo is now just a single point behind the Black Hawks and Lincoln Stars for the second spot in the Western Conference.
TEAM USA (U18)  at MADISON CAPITOLS 
Three third-period goals were the difference as Team USA knocked off Madison 5-2. Team USA has now gotten a point in each of their last four contests. Evan Barratt gave Team USA a 1-0 lead 1:38 into the game, but Kevin O'Neil responded less than four minutes later to tie the game. Josh Maniscalco tallied his fourth goal of the season midway through the period, and Team USA held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. Noah Weber scored early in the middle frame for the only goal of the second period, and it was a 2-2 game heading into the third. Jacob Tortora and Josh Norris made it 4-2 eight minutes into the period, and Scott Reedy added an empty-net goal to secure the Team USA win. Brady Tkachuk added a pair of assists, and Adam Scheel made 22 saves for his first victory of the season.-
SIOUX CITY MUSKTEERS  at OMAHA LANCERS 
The Musketeers stretched their advantage atop the Western Conference to seven points with a 4-1 victory over the Omaha Lancers at Ralston Arena. After a scoreless opening frame, Jacob Wilson fired a slap shot past Omaha goaltender Tommy Nappier to give the Musketeers a 1-0 lead. It remained a 1-0 game until midway through the third, where Brenden MacLaren scored on a beautiful backhand shot for the first goal of his USHL career. Michael Joyaux cut the lead in half with just over three minutes remaining, but JC MacLean and CJ Dodero picked up empty-net tallies to give the Musketeers the victory. Matiss Kivlenieks made 26 saves to move his record to 15-3-2-0 on the season.
LINCOLN STARS  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  OT
Henry Bowlby picked up the game-winner in overtime to give Lincoln a 3-2 victory over Sioux Falls and move the Stars into a tie for second place in the Western Conference standings. Lincoln's Justin Kendall scored the only goal of the first period, while Jason O'Neill of the Stampede did the same in the middle 20 minutes, and it was a 1-1 game heading into the third period. Eric MacAdams gave Sioux Falls a 2-1 lead just 1:05 into the frame, but Brandon Schultz made it 2-2 just six minutes later. The rest of the period was scoreless, and the two teams headed to overtime. 1:59 into the extra session, Bowlby, the Harvard commit, scored his 11th goal of the year to give the Stars the 3-2 road victory. Goaltender Derek Schaedig is now off to a 3-0-0-0 start to his USHL career thanks to a 31-save outing. In those three starts, he sports a 1.98 GAA and .935 SV%.
TRI-CITY STORM  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
In the first game between the two teams since Game 3 of the 2016 Clark Cup Final, the Tri-City Storm traveled to Dubuque and earned a 5-1 victory over the Fighting Saints at Mystique Ice Center. Joseph Campolieto's power play goal was the only tally of the first period, and Storm went into the second up 1-0. Adam Goodsir and Linus Weissbach found the back of the net in the middle frame to extend the lead to 3-0 going into the final 20 minutes. Wyatt Bongiovanni and Joey Matthews scored for the Storm in the third, while Cole Guttman scored the lone Dubuque goal. Bryan Yoon dished out two assists, and Bowling Green commit Eric Dop made 20 saves for his second victory of 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.