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MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
Muskegon is now in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 3-1 road victory over the Chicago Steel in the back half of a home-and-home series between the two teams. Chicago picked up the only goal of the opening period, courtesy of Jack Badini's team-leading 21st goal of the season. The Harvard commit is now tied for fourth among all USHL players in goals. The Lumberjacks responded with two goals in the middle frame to take a 2-1 lead. Keeghan Howdeshell tied the game four minutes into the second, and Garrett Van Wyhe, who now has goals in back-to-back games, gave his team the lead 57 seconds later. Andrei Svechnikov extended the lead to 3-1 just 15 seconds into the third period to complete the scoring. The Russian forward now sports a three-game point streak and, with a goal and an assist in the win, has three multi-point performances in his last 5 contests. Austin Alger dished out two assists for Muskegon and has five points (1G, 4A) in five games since joining the Lumberjacks, while Keith Petruzzelli stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced for his 15th win of the season and fourth victory in his last five appearances.
LINCOLN STARS  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Kevin Charyszyn opened the scoring with two goals in about five minutes to give Waterloo a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. The Clarkson commit has been on a tear as of late, as he has registered 18 points (13G, 5A) in his last 12 contests dating back to January 20. The Black Hawks stretched their advantage to 5-0 in the middle frame thanks to a tally from Ben Copeland and a pair from Nick Swaney. Swaney has also been on fire for over a month, as the Minnesota Duluth commit has 16 points (6G, 10A) in his last 13 games dating back to January 15. Alex Limoges completed the scoring with a goal early in the third period. Limoges also dished out three assists in the win and now has eight points (2G, 6A) in five games in joining the Black Hawks, including a pair of multi-point efforts. Grant Gabriele also had three helpers, and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Peter Thome stopped all 22 shots he faced for his 13th victory of the season and first shutout of his USHL career. Waterloo remains just a single point out of the top spot in the USHL standings.
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.