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GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
Youngstown extended their lead to seven points over Green Bay for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 home victory over the Gamblers. John Leonard opened the scoring 65 seconds into the game to give Green Bay a 1-0 lead, but Pierce Crawford tied the game five minutes later with his 15th goal of the year. Midway through the second period, Evan Wisocky gave the Phantoms a 2-1 lead, and Nicolas Werbik completed the scoring with a power play tally late in the third period. Ivan Kulbakov stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced for his fourth victory in his last six starts.
BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  SO
Muskegon is now just one point out of second place in the Eastern Conference standings thanks to a 3-2 victory in a shootout over Bloomington. After a scoreless opening period, Jake Durflinger and Austin Alger found the back of the net for their respective teams in the middle frame, making it a 1-1 game heading into the final 20 minutes of play. Alger also added an assist in the win, giving him 10 points (3G, 7A) in the 11 games he's played with the Lumberjacks. The Thunder's Alec Mehr gave his team a 2-1 advantage three and a half minutes into the third period, but Keeghan Howdeshell evened the score at two goals apiece eight minutes later, sending the sides to overtime. Following a scoreless extra session, Andrei Svechnikov scored the only goal of the shootout, giving Muskegon their third straight victory. It was an impressive performance between the pipes by Adam Brizgala, who stopped 42 of the 44 Bloomington shots he faced for his 13th victory of the season.
TEAM USA (U17)  at CHICAGO STEEL 
Chicago is once again alone atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 6-3 home victory over the U17s. The Steel jumped out to a 5-0 lead through 20 minutes of play thanks to goals from Jason O'Neill, Tyler Gratton, Jack Badini, Jake Jaremko and Johhny Walker. Badini's goal was his team-leading 26th of the season, fourth among all USHL players. Walker's goal came in his first game since Jan. 27, giving the Arizona State commit 16 tallies on the year. The U17s responded with two goals in the middle frame courtesy of Josh Maniscalco and Tyler Weiss, making it a 5-2 game heading into the third period. Jake Goldowski's fourth goal of the season cut the Chicago lead to 5-3, but Tyler Gratton responded two minutes later to make it a 6-3 game and complete the scoring. Ben Mirageas dished out two assists, his first two points as a member of the Steel, Austin Long tallied three helpers, and Dayton Rasmussen won his third game with Chicago thanks to a 21-save night.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
Sioux City won their ninth straight game and remain four points clear of second place in the USHL standings courtesy of a 4-2 road victory in Des Moines. The Musketeers jumped out to a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes thanks to goals from Kristian Pospisil and JC MacLean. Collin Rutherford found the back of the net for the Buccaneers in the opening frame. Charlie Kelleher's 14th goal of the year two minutes into the second period extended the Sioux City lead to 3-1 before Eric Otto cut the lead to 3-2 with his sixth tally of the season. Five minutes after Otto made it a one-goal game, Eeli Tolvanen made it 4-2 with his eighth goal in his last six games. The Boston College commit is fifth among all USHL players with 25 goals. A scoreless third period gave the Musketeers the 4-2 victory and extended their winning streak. Seven different Sioux City players had an assist in the game, and Matiss Kivlenieks won his 10th straight appearance between the pipes thanks to 25 saves on 27 Des Moines shots.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at FARGO FORCE 
Fargo extended their lead for the fourth playoff spot in the Western Conference to six points over the Lincoln Stars with a 5-1 home victory over Cedar Rapids. Two tallies from Blake Lizotte and Jack Adams' league-leading 29th goal of the year put the Force up 3-0 through 20 minutes of play. Paul Washe added his 13th goal of the year in the middle frame to extend Fargo's advantage to 4-0 before Justin Cole got the RoughRiders on the board in the final 20 minutes. Hank Crone added his 19th goal of the season less than two minutes after Cole's goal to give Fargo a 5-1 lead and complete the scoring. Clayton Phillips dished out a pair of assists, and Matthew Murray stopped 13 of the 14 Cedar Rapids shots he faced for his fourth victory in his last five starts.
TRI-CITY STORM  at MADISON CAPITOLS  SO
It was a tight, exciting battle between the two teams, with only one goal scored in each of the first two periods. Cole Hults found the back of the net for the sixth time this year midway through the opening frame to put the Capitols up 1-0. It remained a 1-0 game until very late in the second period, when Linus Weissbach's 19th of the year evened the score at one goal apiece. The Wisconsin commit now has five points (2G, 3A) in his last three games. Following a scoreless third period and subsequent overtime session, the teams went to a shootout. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first eight rounds of the shootout, but Nicholas Nardella scored for the Storm in the ninth round to give his team the victory. Eric Dop stopped 26 of 27 shots through 67 minutes of play, in addition to all nine Madison attempts in the shootout for his sixth victory of the season and second straight win between the pipes.
OMAHA LANCERS  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  SO
Omaha earned their second straight victory with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Sioux Falls Stampede. Former Lancer Mitch Perrault opened the scoring against his former team with his eighth goal of the year late in the opening frame. The Stampede doubled their lead six minutes into the second period thanks to Lean Bergmann before Noah LaLonde got Omaha on the board two and a half minutes later. It remained a 2-1 Sioux Falls advantage until late in the final frame, when Ben Lown tied the game with his eighth goal of the season. The teams played a scoreless overtime period before Noah Cates scored the only goal of the five-round shootout to give Omaha the 3-2 victory. Tommy Nappier stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced and all five Stampede shootout attempts for his fourth victory in his last six starts.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
Bailey Conger got Waterloo out to a fast start, scoring his 13th goal of the season 22 seconds into the game giving the Black Hawks a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Both teams then scored three times each in the middle frame making it a 4-3 Waterloo lead after two periods. Scott Corbett, Austin Rueschhoff and Jacob Hamacher tallied for the Fighting Saints, while Shane Bowers, Garrett Wait and Ethan Spaxman found the back of the net for the Black Hawks. Kevin Charyszyn extended the lead to 5-3 early in the final frame to complete the scoring and help give Waterloo the victory. Conger and Alex Limoges dished out two helpers each, and Peter Thome made 24 saves on 27 shots to move to 6-2-0-0 as a member of the Black Hawks.
TEAM USA (U18)  at LINCOLN STARS 
After a scoreless opening period between the two teams, Ethen Frank gave Lincoln a 1-0 lead 33 seconds into the middle frame. It remained a 1-0 game until midway through the period, when Graham Slaggert's fourth goal of the season tied the game at one. Team USA then exploded for the first three goals of the final 20 minutes, courtesy of Brady Tkachuk, Quinn Hughes and Josh Norris to take a 4-1 lead midway through the third period. Despite a late goal from Sam Sternschein, his 20th of the year, to make it 4-2, Team USA hung on for the victory. Dylan St. Cyr stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced to move to 11-3-0-1 on 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.