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GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at TEAM USA (U18) 
Team USA held a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play thanks to a beautiful goal from defenseman Quinn Hughes. The University of Michigan commit leads the team in points with 16 (2G, 14A). Both teams scored twice in the second period to put Team USA up 3-2 heading into the third period. Josh Kosack and John Leonard tallied for the Gamblers, while Sean Dhooghe and Josh Norris found the back of the net for Team USA. Jacob Tortora finished the scoring midway through the final frame to give Team USA the victory. Dylan St. Cyr stopped 32 of 34 shots in the win and has now won seven of his last eight starts.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  OT
Youngstown is now 7-2-1-0 in their last 10 games after an overtime win at home over the Western Conference-leading Musketeers. Marcel Godbout opened the scoring 11:29 into the first period, and Sioux City held that 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Tommy Apap then tied the game for the Phantoms early in the second, and it was a 1-1 tie heading into the final frame. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the third period, and the game headed to overtime. 2:22 into the extra session, Jake Gingell picked up his first goal of the season to give Youngstown the victory. Ivan Kulbakov stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced.
TRI-CITY STORM  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  OT
Bloomington has now won three in a row after a 3-2 overtime victory against the Tri-City Storm at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Mitchell Mattson and Adam Goodsir scored 51 seconds apart for their respective teams in the opening period, and it was a 1-1 game at the first intermission. After a scoreless middle 20 minutes, Alec Mehr broke the tie 17 seconds into the third to put the Thunder up 2-1. The score remained that way until Charlie Kelleher tallied on the power play at 15:28 to tie the game and send the teams to overtime. With just under three minutes gone in the overtime period, Mehr tallied his second of the game to give the Thunder the victory. Ethan Somoza dished out a pair of assists, and Gabriel Mollot-Hill turned 27 of the 29 shots he faced aside for his seventh victory of the season. It is the third Saturday in a row that Bloomington has won in overtime.
TEAM USA (U17)  at CHICAGO STEEL 
Goals from Mitch Lewandowski and Corson Green put Chicago up 2-0 after the first period. Tallies from Wyatt Aamodt, Derek Daschke, and Jack Badini stretched the lead to 5-0 midway through the second. Aamodt's goal was the first of his USHL career, while Badini leads the team with his 15 goals. Jake Pivonka found the back of the net for Team USA late in the second period to make it 5-1, and Joel Farabee's sixth of the season cut the lead to 5-2, but Aleksi Halme, playing in his first game in a Steel uniform, scored a magnificent goal to put Chicago up 6-2 and complete the scoring. Halme also earned two assists in his Chicago debut, and Xan Gurney also tallied his first USHL point, an assist, in his Steel debut. Jake Jaremko, Baker Shore and Johnny Walker dished out two helpers each as well, and Peter Thome made 20 saves in the victory.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
After a scoreless opening period, Max Johnson and Jack Becker gave Sioux Falls a 2-0 lead 6:23 into the second. Tommy Parrottino cut the lead in half 1:25 later, but Becker gave the Stampede a two-goal advantage again with his second power play goal of the game. Jason O'Neill added an assist on Becker's second tally and now sports a nine-game point streak, with 12 points (7G, 5A) in those contests.Paul DeNaples tallied an empty-net goal with just 58 seconds remaining in the game to seal the victory for the Stampede. Austin Albrecht dished out a pair of assists, and Winnipeg Jets prospect Mikhail Berdin stopped 38 of the 39 shots he faced to move to 9-6-0-2 on the season.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
Dubuque holds a four-point lead on second place in the Eastern Conference courtesy of a 6-1 victory over in-state rival Waterloo at the Mystique Ice Center. Kevin Charyszyn put the Black Hawks up 1-0 4:25 into the game before the Fighting Saints tallied six unanswered goals. Cole Guttman and Regen Cavanagh scored in the first to give Dubuque a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes. Guttman, who scored four goals on the weekend, now sports a nine-game point streak, with 14 points (9G, 5A) over those nine games. The lead stretched to 5-1 in the middle frame thanks to a goal from David Brumm and two from Dallas Gerads. Keenan Suthers completed the scoring in the third period. Zach Solow extended his point streak to 20 games with an assist and is one game away from tying a Tier 1 USHL record for the longest point streak in league history. Quinn Preston had two assists in the win to move his point streak to 10 games, with 15 points (5G, 10A) in that span. Jaxon Castor stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at LINCOLN STARS 
Lincoln is now 4-0-1-0 in their last five games and still in a tie for second place in the Western Conference with a 5-4 home victory over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Dalton Messina gave Cedar Rapids a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal five minutes into the game. Casey Dornbach tied the game two minutes later, and Henry Bowlby converted on a penalty shot for his 13th goal of the season to give the Stars a 2-1 advantage heading into the second. Jakub Sirota scored the only goal of the middle frame, and it was a 2-2 game at the start of the final frame. Messina's second goal of the game 39 seconds into the third gave the RoughRiders a 3-2 lead before Sam Sternschein extended his point streak to eight games with the game-tying goal just 28 seconds later. Ethen Frank added an assist on Sternschein's goal to move his point streak to eight games. Casey Dornbach put the Stars up 4-3 just 74 seconds later, but just 59 seconds after Dornbach's tally, Marc McLaughlin found the back of the net for the second time this season to make it a 4-4 game. It remained that way until Dominick Mersch scored his seventh goal of the season to give Lincoln a 5-4 lead, a lead they would hold onto for the remainder of the game to pick up the victory. Cayden Primeau stopped 24 of the 28 shots he faced for his third straight win between the pipes.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at MADISON CAPITOLS 
Muskegon remains in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 4-1 road victory over the Madison Capitols. After a scoreless first period, goals from Colby Bukes, Andrei Svechnikov and Anthony Del Gaizo had the Lumberjacks ahead 3-0 after 40 minutes of play. Keeghan Howdeshell's seventh of the season made it 4-0 before Noah Weber got the Capitols on the board with just 1:24 remaining in the game. Muskegon's Marc Del Gaizo dished out two assists, while Madison's Cole Hults is now sporting a six-game point streak thanks to a helper on Weber's goal. Adam Brizgala stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced to move to 8-5-0-0 on the season.
FARGO FORCE  at OMAHA LANCERS 
Fargo has now won their last three games and sits in a tie for second place in the Western Conference with a 4-2 victory over the Omaha Lancers. The game was scoreless through 20 minutes of play. Blake Lizotte opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal 2:31 into the second period. Goaltender Ryan Bischel picked up an assist on Lizotte's goal for his first point of the season. Greg Printz tied the game for the Lancers at the seven-minute mark of the frame, and it was 1-1 heading into the third. After Pierce Crawford's great shot found the back of the net 2:50 into the final frame, the Force responded with three unanswered goals to earn the victory. Grant Meyer scored a beautiful shorthanded goal, the second such tally for the Force in the game, to even the score at 2-2. Cody Haiskanen gave Fargo the lead with his second goal of the season, and Mark Senden scored the Force's third shorthanded tally of the contest to complete the scoring. Bischel made 30 of 32 saves in the win. Fargo is now 7-1-2-0 in their last 10 games.
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.