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BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  at TEAM USA (U17) 
Bloomington has now earned at least one point in seven of their last 10 games with a 3-1 road win at Team USA. The Thunder jumped out to a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play thanks to a beautiful goal from Ethan Somoza and Alec Mehr's 13th of the season. It remained a 2-0 game through a scoreless second period before Jake Durflinger extended the Thunder advantage to 3-0 with his 11th goal of the season. Four minutes later, Skylar Brind'Amour's first goal of his USHL career cut the lead to 3-1, but that's as close as the U17s would get. Walker Duehr dished out a pair of assists for Bloomington, and Gabriel Mollot-Hill stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced for his 10th victory of the season.
FARGO FORCE  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
With their 4-3 home victory over Fargo, Muskegon is now just one point out of first place in the Eastern Conference standings. Lumberjacks captain Bo Hanson finished off a beautiful passing play three minutes into the game to give his team a 1-0 lead. They extended the lead to 3-0 in the second period thanks to goals from Andrei Svechnikov and Anthony Del Gaizo. After Svechnikov's second of the game 2:22 into period three made it a 4-0 game, the Force stormed back with goals from Blake Lizotte, Jack Adams and Hank Crone in the span of 3:41 to cut the lead to 4-3, but Muskegon was able to hang on for the 4-3 victory, their third straight win. Collin Adams had two assists in the win, and Keith Petruzzelli made 42 saves on 45 shots for his fourth victory in his last five starts between the pipes.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
Youngstown remains in the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 3-0 road shutout of Cedar Rapids. After a scoreless first period that saw the Phantoms outshoot the RoughRiders 9-6, Coale Norris scored his 14th goal of the season to put his team up 1-0 62 seconds into the middle frame. The Ferris State commit now has points in his last three contests. Three minutes into the third, Michael Karow's third tally of the year doubled the Youngstown lead, and Pierce Crawford added an empty-net goal with 13 seconds left to complete the scoring. Ivan Kulbakov stopped all 26 shots he faced for his 27th win and fourth shutout of the season.
OMAHA LANCERS  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  SO
Green Bay remains just a single point out of playoff position in the Eastern Conference with their fifth straight win, a 2-1 shootout victory over the Omaha Lancers at Resch Center. The Lancers picked up the only goal of the first period courtesy of a beautiful move by defenseman Mike Joyaux, his fifth tally of the year. It remained a 1-0 game until late in the second, when Brock Caufield picked up his seventh of the season to tie the game at one heading into the final 20 minutes of play. After a scoreless third period and subsequent overtime session, the teams headed to a shootout, where Easton Brodzinski scored the only goal, giving the Gamblers a hard-fought 2-1 victory. Brodzinski also dished out an assist on Green Bay's lone goal, and Maksim Zhukov stopped 19 shots and all four Lancers Omaha attempts in the shootout for his 18th win of the year.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
Sioux City now holds an eight-point lead atop the Western Conference with a 6-3 victory over second-place Waterloo. The Musketeers picked up goals from Kristian Pospisil and Odeen Tufto in the opening period, giving them a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Bailey Conger cut the lead in half 41 seconds into the middle frame, but both Tufto and Pospisil found the back of the net for the second time in the game to put Sioux City up 4-1. The Black Hawks cut the lead to 4-2 five minutes after Pospisil's goal thanks to Ethan Johnson, and that score remained heading into the third period. Emil Ohrvall made it a 4-3 game midway through the final frame, but Sioux responded with Tarek Baker's first goal as a member of the Musketeers and an empty-net goal from Micah Miller to come away with a 6-3 win. Pospisil added two assists, giving him four points on the night, Matt Hellickson dished out a pair of helpers, Jacob Wilson had three assists, and Matiss Kivlenieks made 21 saves for his 13th win in his last 14 appearances in goal.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  SO
Madison held a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes thanks to Konur Peterson's fourth goal of the season. It remained a 1-0 game until eight minutes into the second period, when Josh Passolt scored on a breakaway for his 19th of the year, tying the game at one. Four and a half minutes later, Jeffrey Losurdo found the back of the net for the first time as a member of the Capitols to put Madison up 2-1 heading into the third period. Boston Bruins prospect Jack Becker tied the game five and a half minutes into the final frame, and the rest of the period was scoreless, sending the teams to overtime. After a scoreless extra frame, David Brumm scored the only goal in the shootout on an unbelievable deke to give the Stampede the 3-2 victory. Winnipeg Jets prospect Mikhail Berdin was outstanding between the pipes, as he stopped 42 of the 44 shots he faced and all three Madison attempts in the shootout for his second straight win.
CHICAGO STEEL  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
Dubuque is now just one point out of second place and two points out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 win over Chicago, their first win over the Steel since Dec. 28, 2014. The Fighting Saints held a 2-1 advantage through 20 minutes of play, getting goals from Alex Steeves and Zach Solow, his league-leading 58th point of the season, while Mitch Lewandowski found the back of the net for Chicago. It remained a 2-1 game until just over 13 minutes into the middle frame, when Arizona State commit and Arizona Coyotes prospect Patrick Kudla found the back of the net for the seventh time this season to extend the lead to 3-1. After a scoreless final 20 minutes, Dubuque picked up the 3-1 victory. Dallas Gerads dished out a pair of assists, and Jaxon Castor made 28 save on 29 shots for his 27th win of the year.
TRI-CITY STORM  at LINCOLN STARS 
Lincoln is now just four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference thanks to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over in-state rival Tri-City. The Stars outshot the Storm 15-6 in the opening period and lead 1-0 through 20 minutes thanks to Chayse Primeau's third goal of the season. The Canisius College commit now has three points (1G, 2A) in his last four contests. It remained a 1-0 game until late in the second period, when Wyatt Bongiovanni found the back of the net for the 11th time this season to tie the game at one. Five minutes into the third period, Adam Goodsir's 15th goal of the season gave Tri-City a 2-1 lead, but Lincoln responded with goals from Christian Evers and Collin Peters to rally and earn a 3-2 victory. Josef Korenar made 25 saves on 27 shots for his third win in his last four appearances.
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.