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Saturday Recap

03/19/2017, 11:00am CDT

Sioux City is first team to clinch playoff spot, Muskegon moves into second place in the East, Waterloo wins fourth straight.




The U18s earned an impressive weekend sweep of Dubuque with a 3-1 win at USA Hockey Arena. After a scoreless opening period, Colin Theisen scored his 29th goal of the season to put the Fighting Saints up 1-0 six minutes into the second. The Notre Dame commit's 29 goals are second among all USHL players and his 51 points are tied for fourth in the league. Dubuque took that 1-0 advantage into the third period, but Team USA exploded for three goals in the final frame, courtesy of Josh NorrisOliver Wahlstrom and Brady Tkachuk, to pull away with the 3-1 victory and weekend sweep. Adam Scheel was impressive between the pipes as he stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced for his fifth victory of the season.







With their 2-0 shutout over Des Moines, Fargo earned the split of the weekend series between the two teams and now sits just a single point behind the Buccaneers for third place in the Western Conference. The Force also hold a game-in-hand. Following a scoreless first 20 minutes between Fargo and Des Moines, the Force's Kevin O'Neil picked up his 10th goal of the season just 1:45 into the second period. It remained a 1-0 Fargo lead until very late in the game, when Blake Lizotte's 14th of the year into an empty net doubled the Force lead and completed the scoring. Matthew Murray stopped all 28 Des Moines shots he faced for his 26th victory and USHL-leading fifth shutout of the season.







Green Bay has won three straight games and now sits just three points behind Youngstown for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 4-2 victory and weekend sweep over Cedar Rapids. For the second night in a row, the RoughRiders got on the board first, this time courtesy of Bobby Hampton, to take a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the game. Six minutes later, Tony Stillwell's first goal of the season made it a 1-1 game, and that was the scoring heading into the second period. Three goals by the Gamblers in the middle frame, thanks to Josh KosackEaston Brodzinski and Dante Palecco, gave Green Bay a 4-1 lead heading into the final frame. Despite a late goal from Cedar Rapids' Zac Robbins, the Gamblers hung on for the victory. Casey Mittelstadt dished out two assists, giving him five points (2G, 3A) in his first two games back with Green Bay, Connor Mackey had two helpers to give him 40 on the season, and Maksim Zhukov made 30 saves on 32 RoughRiders shots for his fourth straight victory between the pipes.







For the second straight night, Bloomington and Lincoln played the opening 20 minutes without a goal. It remained a scoreless game until midway through the second, when Collin Peters and Brandon Schultz scored 1:58 apart to put the Stars up 2-0. Four minutes later, the Thunder's Nick Leivermann scored the first goal of his USHL career to cut the lead in half and make it a 2-1 game heading into the third period. Lincoln picked up goals from Ethen Frank and Dominick Mersch in the final frame to walk away with the 4-1 victory. Josef Korenar made 27 saves on 28 Bloomington shots for his 10th win of the year.







After Kamil Sadlocha's seventh goal of the season put Madison up 1-0 five and a half minutes into the game, Sioux Falls responded with tallies from Mitch Perrault and Marcus Russell, the first goal of his USHL career, to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. 20 seconds into the middle frame, Mick Messner tied the game with his 12th goal of the season. It would remain a 2-2 game until late in the second, when Boston Bruins prospect Jack Becker gave the Stampede a 3-2 lead with just under four minutes to play in the period. It was a 3-2 game until midway through the third, when Messner's second goal of the game and 13th of the season tied the game and three and sent the teams to overtime. Following a scoreless extra frame, the teams were scoreless through five rounds of a shootout, but Robby Fosdick scored for the Capitols in the sixth round to give Madison a 4-3 win. Billy Jerry dished out two assists to stretch his point streak to four games, and Dryden McKay made 31 of 34 saves through 67 minutes in addition to all six Stampede shootout attempts for his 18th win of the year.







Omaha picked up the split of the weekend series between the two teams with a 5-2 victory at Ralston Arena. The Phantoms held a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes thanks to tallies from Michael Karow and Alec Mahalak, but the Lancers scored five unanswered goals in the last 40 minutes of play, including four in the second period. Filip SuchyCole Gallant, Trevor St. Jean and Ben Lown all scored in the middle frame for Omaha, and Gallant found the back of the net for the second time in the game with just one second to play in the game to make it a 5-2 game and complete the scoring. Jack Randl and Emilio Pettersen each dished out a pair of assists, and Ryan Keane picked up his first career USHL win between the pipes with a 30-save performance.







Sioux City is the first team to officially clinch a spot in the 2017 Clark Cup Playoffs thanks to a 8-1 win and weekend sweep of the U17s. A goal from Charlie Kelleher and two tallies from Eeli Tolvanen had the Musketeers up 3-0 through 20 minutes of play. After Patrick Giles cut the lead to 3-1 just 56 seconds into the middle frame, tallies from Sioux City's Odeen TuftoBrian Rigali and Carson Vance stretched the lead to 6-1 heading into the third period. Kelleher and Tufto found the back of the net in the final 20 minutes to make it an 8-1 game and complete the scoring. Tolvanen, Vance and Connor Mayer all had two assists each, and Todd Scott made 14 saves on 15 shots for his second victory of the season.







With their 2-0 shutout and weekend sweep of Tri-City, Muskegon has moved into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference standings. Following a scoreless first period, Andrei Svechnikov opened the scoring and put the Lumberjacks up 1-0 with his 26th goal of the season. He also added an assist in the win, giving him five points (2G, 3A) on the weekend. It remained a 1-0 game until late in the third period, when Austin Albrecht, who had a hat trick on Friday, scored his fourth goal of the weekend to double the Muskegon lead and complete the scoring. Adam Brizgala stopped all 17 Storm shots he faced for his 14th win and second shutout of the season.







Waterloo has now won four straight games thanks to a 4-3 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Steel. Kevin Charyszyn's 28th goal of the year had the Black Hawks up 1-0 through 20 minutes of play. Chicago's Reggie Lutz and Waterloo's Yuki Miura traded goals just 48 seconds apart in the middle frame to make it a 2-1 Black Hawks lead heading into the third period. Both teams scored twice in the final frame, with Jackson Cates and Garrett Wait tallying for Waterloo, and Jack Badini and Eduards Tralmaks finding the back of the net for the Steel, giving the Black Hawks the 4-3 win. Ethan Spaxman and Bailey Conger dished out two assists each, and former Steel netminder Peter Thome made 22 saves on 25 Chicago shots for his 19th victory of 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.

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