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WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at TEAM USA (U18) 
The teams traded goals twice in the opening period, with Sam Craggs and Bailey Conger scoring for Waterloo and Quinn Hughes and Michael Pastujov finding the back of the net for Team USA, making it a 2-2 game through 20 minutes of play. After Garrett Klee's shorthanded goal gave the Black Hawks a 3-2 lead early in the second, Team USA's Joel Farabee scored a natural hat trick in the span of 4:47, giving him 12 goals on the season and giving the U18s a 5-3 lead. Farabee also had two assists in the game. Sean Dhooghe extended the lead to three late in the middle frame, and both Max Gildon and Josh Norris tallied in the final 20 minutes to complete the scoring and give the U18s the weekend sweep of Waterloo. Farabee (2G, 3A), Norris (1G, 3A), Hughes (1G, 1A), Grant Mismash (0G, 3A) and Evan Barratt (0G, 2A) all tallied multiple points in the win, and Adam Scheel made 23 saves on 26 Black Hawks shots for his fourth victory of the season between the pipes.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
Muskegon has retaken the third spot in the Eastern Conference over Youngstown with a 5-1 victory and a split of their weekend set with the Phantoms. It was a fast and furious start for the Lumberjacks, who jumped out to a 4-0 lead through 20 minutes of play thanks to goals from former Phantoms defenseman Ty Farmer, Collin Adams, Mikael Hakkarainen and rookie scoring leader Andrei Svechnikov. Youngstown picked up the only goal of the middle frame, courtesy of Curtis Hall, to cut the lead to 4-1, but Svechnikov added his second of the game and 24th of the season midway through the third to seal the victory and complete the scoring. Austin Alger dished out two assists, giving him nine points (2G, 7A) in nine games since joining Muskegon, and top-ranked NHL Central Scouting North American goaltender Keith Petruzzelli stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced for his fourth win in his last five starts.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER 
Bloomington has now won back-to-back games thanks to a 4-1 win over Madison at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. The Thunder's Ethan Somoza and the Capitols' Konur Peterson scored exactly four minutes apart late in the first period, making it a 1-1 game through 20 minutes of play. Bloomington then tacked on a pair of goals late in the second, courtesy of Will Garin and Jake Durflinger, to give the Thunder a 3-1 advantage heading into the final frame. Sean Harrison's seventh goal of the season was the only tally of the third period, completing the scoring and giving Bloomington their second straight win. Logan Halladay made 17 saves to earn his 11th victory of the season.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
Sioux City remains alone atop the USHL standings with a come-from-behind 3-2 road victory in Cedar Rapids. Most of the opening period was scoreless until the RoughRiders' Justin Cole scored his sixth of the season with just 1:01 remaining in the frame, giving Cedar Rapids a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Midway through the second, Odeen Tufto responded for the Musketeers with his 10th of the season to tie the game. It remained a 1-1 tie until 45 seconds into the final frame, when Riese Zmolek gave the RoughRiders a 2-1 lead with his third goal of the year. Sioux City responded in a big way late in the game, with goals from Tufto and Phillip Knies just 25 seconds apart to come back and earn the 3-2 victory. Kristian Pospisil and Charlie Kelleher dished out two assists each, and Matiss Kivlenieks notched his league-leading 28th victory of the season with a 32-save performance.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
It was an impressive win for Sioux Falls, who knocked off the USHL's hottest team in Des Moines with an 8-2 victory at Buccaneer Arena. The Stampede jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period with goals from Kasper Kotkansalo, the first of his USHL career, Josh Passolt and David Brumm. 46 seconds after Brumm's tally, Isaac Johnson responded for Des Moines to make it a 3-1 game through 20 minutes of play. Passolt, AJ Villella and Colin Swoyer all found the back of the net in the middle frame for Sioux Falls, while Chase Ellingson scored for Des Moines, making it a 6-2 game heading into the third period. The Stampede completed the scoring with a pair of goals from Nathan Dingmann, the first two goals of the Plymouth, MN native's USHL career. Villella, Dingmann and Regen Cavanagh all dished out a pair of assists, Mitch Perrault dished out three helpers, and Winnipeg Jets prospect Mikhail Berdin stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced for his 11th victory of the season.
TEAM USA (U17)  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Green Bay is now just five points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 5-0 home shutout of the U17s. John Leonard's 14th goal of the season late in the opening period, giving him points in four of his last five games, gave the Gamblers a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. Chris Grando, Nolan Moyle and Easton Brodzinski all found the back of the net in the middle frame, extending the lead to 4-0 after two periods of play. For Brodzinski, his tally was his 20th of the season, and he now has eight points (6G, 2A) in nine games since joining Green Bay. Brock Caufield's fifth goal of the year late in the third completed the scoring, giving the Gamblers the 5-0 shutout win. Dante Palecco dished out a pair of assists, giving him four points (2G, 2A) on the weekend, and Maksim Zhukov stopped all 21 Team USA shots he faced for his 14th win and fourth shutout of the season.
CHICAGO STEEL  at LINCOLN STARS 
Chicago is once again alone atop the Eastern Conference standings thanks to a 3-0 road shutout of the Lincoln Stars. A shorthanded goal by Jack Badini, his team-leading 25th of the year, with just under six minutes to play in the first period opening the scoring and gave the Steel a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. The Harvard commit is now fourth among all USHL players with those 24 goals. Brannon McManus doubled the lead with a blast of a shot on the power play late in the second, and he added his second of the game and 13th of the season eight minutes into the third to complete the scoring and give Chicago the 3-0 win. Mitch Lewandowski and Eduards Tralmaks had two assists each, and Dayton Rasmussen stopped all 24 Stars shots he faced for his 14th victory and second shutout of the season.
FARGO FORCE  at TRI-CITY STORM  OT
The two teams traded goals in the opening period, with Shane McMahan scoring for Fargo and Wyatt Bongiovanni finding the back of the net for Tri-City just 2:06 apart to send the teams into the second period tied at one. The Storm scored twice in the second, courtesy of Garrett Hall and Adam Goodsir, giving them a 3-1 advantage after 40 minutes of play. The Force stormed back midway through the third, getting goals from Jack Adams, his league-leading 28th of the season, and Michael Graham just 43 seconds apart to tie the game at three and send the teams to overtime. With just 12 seconds remaining in the extra frame, Linus Weissbach, who already had two assists in the game, scored his 18th goal of the season to give Tri-City a 4-3 victory. Eric Dop stopped 36 of the 39 Fargo shots he faced for his fifth win of the year between the pipes.
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.