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GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
The Gamblers earned a split of their weekend series with the Phantoms and remain just five points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Six minutes into the game, Green Bay's Rory Hermann scored his first goal of the year to put his team up 1-0. It remained a 1-0 game until late in the middle frame, when Youngstown's Marshall Moise found the back of the net for the fourth time this season to even the score through 40 minutes of play. The Gamblers netted the game winner six minutes into the final frame, when John Leonard picked up his 17th tally of the year, giving him four straight games with a goal and giving Green Bay the 2-1 victory. Matt Berkovitz dished out a pair of assists to get to 20 on the year, and Maksim Zhukov stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced for his second straight win between the pipes.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
With their 3-0 shutout over Muskegon, Chicago remains alone atop the Eastern Conference and just two points out of the top spot in the USHL standings. After a scoreless opening 20 minutes between the two teams, goals from Jake Jaremko and Brannon McManus just 2:50 apart gave the Steel a 2-0 lead. Jaremko added his second of the game and 14th of the season, an empty-net goal, to make it a 3-0 game and complete the scoring. Eduards Tralmaks, Reilly Walsh, Reggie Lutz and Tyler Gratton all dished out assists for Chicago, and Ales Stezka earned his fourth shutout of the season by stopping all 20 Lumberjacks shots he faced.
TEAM USA (U17)  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
Dubuque jumped out to a 2-0 lead through one period of play, courtesy of an Alex Stevens goal and a late tally from Cole Guttman. Team USA responded with Jonathan Gruden's fourth of the year just 10 seconds into the middle frame, but Austin Rueschhoff gave the Fighting Saints their second two-goal lead of the game four minutes later. Gruden then tallied his second of the game with just 1:06 remaining in the second, making it a 3-2 game heading into the final frame. Midway through the third period, Rueschhoff scored his second goal of the game to make it a 4-2 game and complete the scoring. Michael Boyle and Keenan Suthers each had a pair of assists, and Evan Fear stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced for his fourth win of the season.
TEAM USA (U18)  at LINCOLN STARS 
The Stars sit just four points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 7-3 victory over the U18s. After Justin Richards found the back of the net just 42 seconds into the game to give Lincoln a 1-0 lead, Team USA responded with goals from Evan Barratt, Jake Wise and Grant Mismash to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. The Stars then exploded for four goals in the middle frame, courtesy of Christian Evers, Casey Dornbach, Jake Nielsen and Gustaf Westlund, making it a 5-3 Stars advantage heading into the third period. Henry Bowlby, playing in his 100th career USHL game, added his 17th of the year midway through the final frame to extend the lead to 6-3, and Brandon Schultz added an empty-net goal late in the game to complete the scoring. Richards dished out three assists, Schultz, Luke Jaycox and Ethen Frank had two assists each, and Josef Korenar picked up the win in relief by stopping all 24 shots he faced in his 49 minutes of work.
TRI-CITY STORM  at MADISON CAPITOLS 
Late in the opening period, Vincent de Mey found the back of the net for the sixth time this season to open the scoring and give Madison a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Tri-City responded midway through the second, courtesy of Logan Drevitch's ninth goal of the year, to tie the game at one goal apiece. Following a scoreless third period, the two teams headed to overtime. Less than two minutes into the extra session, Billy Jerry picked up the overtime winner for the Capitols with his 10th goal and fourth game-winning tally of the year. Daniel Lebedeff was stellar between the pipes, stopping 30 of the 31 Storm shots he faced for his fourth victory of the season.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  at OMAHA LANCERS 
For the second time in as many weeks, Des Moines walked into Ralston Arena and picked up a 4-3 road victory in Omaha. Both teams scored twice in the opening period. Ben Lown and Cole Gallant tallied for the Lancers, while Scooter Brickey and Julian Napravnik found the back of the net for the Buccaneers, making it a 2-2 game through 20 minutes of play. Two and a half minutes into the middle frame, Mario Ferraro broke tie the tie with his eighth goal of the year, giving Des Moines a 3-2 lead. After Filip Suchy tied the game at three just six minutes later, Braden Costello scored his first career USHL goal to break the tie and, following a scoreless third period, give Des Moines the 4-3 victory. Matt Jones dished out two assists, and Jan Ruzicka made 29 saves on 32 Omaha shots for his seventh win in his last nine starts.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE 
Late in the opening period, Riese Zmolek scored his fourth goal of the season to open the scoring and give Cedar Rapids a 1-0 lead. The score remained the same until the RoughRiders doubled the lead almost seven minutes into the middle frame with Scott Perunovich's fifth of the year. Despite a late Stampede tally from former RoughRider AJ Villella, Cedar Rapids was able to hang on for a hard-fought 2-1 road victory. Trevor Zins, TJ Walsh, Justin Cole and Bence Stipsicz all dished out assists in the win, and Drew DeRidder stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced for his eighth victory of the season.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Waterloo snapped Sioux City's nine-game winning streak and pulled within three points of the Musketeers for the top spot in the USHL standings with a dominant 6-1 victory. Goals from Emil Ohrvall. Alex Limoges and Ethan Johnson gave the Black Hawks a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Yuki Miura extended the lead to 4-0 in the middle frame before JC MacLean got Sioux City on the board just 39 seconds later, making it a 4-1 game heading into the final 20 minutes. Waterloo picked up goals from Limoges, his second of the game, and Jake Ryczek in the third period to earn the 6-1 victory. Shane Bowers dished out a pair of assists to extend his point streak to five games, and Peter Thome stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced for his second straight win 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.