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DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
Muskegon has now won two straight games with a 5-3 home victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers. After Casey Gilling gave the Lumberjacks a 1-0 six minutes into the game, goals from Cameron Orchard and Christopher Berger just 10 seconds apart gave Des Moines a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes. Muskegon then scored twice in the middle frame, courtesy of Gilling, his second goal of the game, and Collin Adams, to take a 3-2 advantage into the third period. Mikael Hakkarainen extended the lead to 4-2 midway through the final frame before Reed Lebster cut the lead to 4-3 just four minutes later. The Lumberjacks completed the scoring and picked up a 5-3 victory with Andrei Svechnikov's 20th goal of the season, the most among USHL rookies. Austin Alger dished out a pair of assists in his Muskegon debut, Marc De Gaizo and Keeghan Howdeshell also added two helpers each, and Adam Brizgala stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced to moved to 12-5-0-1 on the season.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER 
The Phantoms picked up their fourth straight victory with a 5-1 win and a series sweep of the Bloomington Thunder. Youngstown scored twice in both the first and second periods to lead 4-0. Max Ellis and Brandon Estes found the back of the net in the opening 20 minutes, and Evan Wisocky tallied twice in the middle frame. Nicolas Werbik scored for the Phantoms in the third, and has three goals in his last two games, while Jake Durflinger picked up the only Bloomington tally in the third period. Werbik added three assists, Alec Mahalak and Coale Norris registered two helpers each, and Ivan Kulbakov picked up his sixth win in his last seven starts with a 36-save performance. Youngstown is now just one point out of the top spot in the USHL standings.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at FARGO FORCE 
The first two periods between Green Bay and Fargo were scoreless, with the Gamblers outshooting the Force 24-18 through 40 minutes. Most of the third period was scoreless as well until Green Bay's Nolan Moyle picked up his first goal of the season and the only goal of the game to give the Gamblers a 1-0 shutout victory. Dante Palecco and Chris Grando added assists on Moyle's game-winning tally, and David Hrenak stopped all 25 shots he faced for his ninth win and third shutout of the season.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at MADISON CAPITOLS  OT
Late in the first period, Dalton Messina gave Cedar Rapids a 1-0 lead with his ninth goal of the season. The RoughRiders held that lead until about six minutes into the middle frame, when Billy Jerry's fifth tally of the year tied the game for the Capitols. After a scoreless final 20 minutes, the teams headed to overtime still tied at one. With just under two minutes remaining in the extra session, Madison native and University of Wisconsin commit Mick Messner's eighth goal of the year won the game for the Capitols in overtime. Dryden McKay continued his solid play in goal, stopping 20 of the 21 Cedar Rapids shots he faced for his 14th win of the season.
CHICAGO STEEL  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
The Steel are once again tied atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 2-1 road victory over the then Western Conference-leading Sioux City Musketeers. Chicago scored the only goal of the first period, thanks to Eduards Tralmaks' fifth tally of the season. Brannon McManus doubled the lead to 2-0 late in the middle frame, and despite a third period goal from Sioux City's Kristian Pospisil, his fifth goal in his last four games, the Steel were able to hang on for the 2-1 victory. Wyatt Aamodt dished out two assists, and Ales Stezka made 23 saves on 24 Musketeers shots for his 15th victory of the season.
OMAHA LANCERS  at TRI-CITY STORM  OT
For the fourth time in the last 21 days, the Lancers and Storm faced off, with Omaha picking up a 3-2 overtime victory over Tri-City on Friday. After a scoreless opening period, Linus Weissbach and Montgomery Graham scored 24 seconds apart just three minutes into the second to give the Storm a 2-0 lead. Five minutes later, Pierce Crawford's team-leading 14th goal of the season cut the Tri-City advantage to 2-1 heading into the third period. Late in the final frame, Emilio Pettersen tied the game at two to send the teams to overtime. Just 40 seconds into the extra frame, Michael Joyaux's fourth goal of the season gave Omaha the 3-2 overtime victory. Tommy Nappier's stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced for his 16th win of the year.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at LINCOLN STARS 
Waterloo earned their sixth straight victory and remain tied atop the Western Conference standings with a 5-3 road victory over the Lincoln Stars. Jackson Cates and Bailey Conger both scored early in the first period to put the Black Hawks up 2-0 before Lincoln's Mike Gillespie made it a 2-1 game heading into the second. Grant Gabriele and Kevin Charyszyn extended the lead to 4-1 in the middle frame, but Ethen Frank's 15th of the year cut the advantage to 4-2 through 40 minutes. Christian Evers made it a 4-3 game midway through the third, but Shane Bowers' 16th goal of the season, an empty-net tally, secured the victory for Waterloo. Alex Limoges added an assist in his first game in a Black Hawks uniform, and Robbie Beydoun made 23 saves on 26 shots for his 21st win 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.