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DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
Des Moines has taken sole possession of third place in the Western Conference with a 2-0 shutout and a split of their weekend series with the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The first 40 minutes between the two teams were scoreless, with Muskegon holding a 25-10 edge in shots on goal. Midway through the final frame, former Lumberjacks defenseman Scooter Brickey opened the scoring to give De Moines a 1-0 lead. It remained a 1-0 game until late in the third, when Buccaneers defenseman Mario Ferraro completed the scoring with an empty-net goal. Cameron Orchard dished out the lone assist in the game, and Jan Ruzicka stopped all 24 shots he faced for his second straight win and fourth shutout of the season.
LINCOLN STARS  at OMAHA LANCERS 
Both teams scored once in the first period, and it was a 1-1 game heading into the middle frame. Cole Krygier opened the scoring three and a half minutes into the game to put Lincoln up 1-0 before Ben Lown's fifth goal of the season evened the score through 20 minutes of play. After a scoreless second period, Mike Gillespie tallied the game winner just 73 seconds into the final frame to give the Stars the win and the split of their games on the weekend. Ethen Frank, Brandon Schultz and Dylan Woolf all dished out assists, and Cayden Primeau made 32 saves on 33 Lancers shots for his 11th victory of the season.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at FARGO FORCE  SO
The Gamblers held a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play thanks to Easton Brodzinski's 15th goal of the season, his first in a Green Bay uniform, late in the period to give his team a 1-0 lead. The Force then scored twice in the second period, courtesy of Lukas Kalble and Christiano Versich, to take a 2-1 advantage into the third period. Brody Stevens scored the only goal of the final frame to send the teams to overtime, and after a scoreless extra frame, Matt Jennings scored the only goal of the shootout to give Green Bay the win and move the Gamblers just five points out of the top-half of the Eastern Conference standings. David Hrenak stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced, in addition to all three Fargo attempts in the shootout, to get to double digits in wins on the season.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  at MADISON CAPITOLS  OT
For the second straight night, Mick Messner picked up the overtime winner for the Capitols, this time against the Fighting Saints on Saturday night. Messner and Austin Rueschhoff scored 18 seconds apart late in the first period to send the teams to the middle frame tied at one. Early in the second, Arizona State commit Patrick Kudla gave Dubuque a 2-1 lead, but Noah Weber found the back of the net on the power play late in the period to make it a 2-2 game heading into the third period. In the final frame, the Capitols tallied early, thanks to Verners Egle, but Colin Theisen netted his team-leading 24th goal of the season to send the teams to overtime tied at three. Zach Solow added his third assist of the game on Theisen's tally to stretch his league-leading total to 36. Messner added his second goal of the game and second overtime winner in as many nights with just over two minutes to play in the extra frame to give the Capitols the victory. Dryden McKay picked up his second straight win between the pipes with a 30-save performance.
TRI-CITY STORM  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
Sioux City remains tied atop the Western Conference standings with a 2-0 home shutout of the Tri-City Storm. After a scoreless first period, Connor Ford broke the scoreless tie less than two minutes into the middle frame. The Musketeers then doubled the lead less than three minutes into the third with Sampo Ranta's fourth goal of the season, and Sioux City was able to hang onto their 2-0 advantage for the remainder of the game. Matiss Kivlenieks was perfect between the pipes, stopping all 23 shots he faced for his 23rd victory and third shutout of the season.
CHICAGO STEEL  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  OT
The Steel and Stampede played to a scoreless tie through 40 minutes of play, with the Chicago holding a slim 19-17 advantage in shots on goal. With just under seven minutes to play in the third period, Lean Bergmann broke the scoreless tie with his fifth goal of the season to give Sioux Falls a 1-0 advantage. It remained a 1-0 game until late in regulation, when Reggie Lutz's 17th goal of the year with just 51 seconds remaining in the final frame tied the game at one and sent the two teams to overtime. Most of overtime was scoreless until Graham Lillibridge gave the Steel the overtime win the sweep of their weekend road trip on a goal with just 0.3 seconds remaining in the extra frame. Jake Jaremko and Brannon McManus dished out assists in the win, and Ales Stezka stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced for his 16th victory of the season.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Waterloo remains tied atop the Western Conference with Sioux City thanks to a 10-2 victory over Cedar Rapids and a sweep of their pair of games on the weekend. First period goals from Waterloo's Shane Bowers and Mason Palmer, and a tally from the RoughRiders' Scott Perunovich, had the Black Hawks leading 2-1 heading into the second period. After Emil Ohrvall and Steven Agriogianis traded goals for their respective teams to give Waterloo a 3-2 lead, the Black Hawks scored seven unanswered goals, including five in the second period. Alex Limoges, Garrett Wait, Mikey Anderson and Kevin Charyszyn tallied in the middle frame, and Ohrvall, Swaney and Ethan Johnson found the back of the net in the final 20 minutes. Limoges' goal was his first as a Black Hawk, and he also tallied two assists in the win. Hank Sorensen and Ethan Johnson also dished out multiple helpers, and Peter Thome, who also picked up an assist in the game, won his first start between the pipes for Waterloo, stopping 20 of the 22 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.