Photo by Hickling Images
LINCOLN STARS  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
Youngstown is now tied with Green Bay for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 victory and a split of their weekend series with Lincoln. After a scoreless opening period, Coale Norris opened the scoring and put the Phantoms up 1-0 with his 15th goal of the season with just under four minutes to play in the second. It remained a 1-0 game until early in the third, when Cole Krygier tied the game for the Stars 3:10 into the final frame. The Phantoms broke the tie eight minutes later with Alex Esposito's 16th goal of the season, his third goal in his last four game, to come away with a hard-fought 2-1 victory. Ivan Kulbakov stopped 29 of 30 shots and added an assist in his 28th win of the year.
TEAM USA (U18)  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  SO
In their final game in USHL competition this season, the U18s picked up a 3-2 shootout victory in Muskegon. Both teams scored a special teams goal in the opening period, as Casey Gilling tallied a shorthanded goal for the Lumberjacks while Oliver Wahlstrom found the back of the net on a Team USA power play. The U18s took a 2-1 lead 12:26 into period two with Scott Reedy's 10th goal of the year, and it was a 2-1 game heading into the third period. The period was a scoreless one until late in the frame, when Garrett Van Wyhe tied the game with just under five minutes to play in regulation to send the teams to overtime. Following a scoreless extra frame, Grant Mismash and Oliver Wahlstrom scored in the shootout to give Team USA the win. Dylan St. Cyr stopped 25 shots and all three Muskegon attempts in the shootout for his sixth straight win between the pipes.
CHICAGO STEEL  at TRI-CITY STORM 
Chicago clinched home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference Final with a 4-1 victory and a split of their weekend series at Tri-City. The first 20 minutes between the Steel and Storm were scoreless, with Chicago doubling up Tri-City in shots at 12-6. With just under nine minutes gone in the middle frame, Michigan State commit Mitch Lewandowski scored for the fifth time in his last six starts to give the Steel a 1-0 lead. After Josiah Slavin tied the game 1:20 later, Eduards Tralmaks broke the tie with 5:08 to play in the second to give Chicago a 2-1 lead heading into the third period. Jack Badini added his team-leading 28th goal of the year 15 seconds into the final frame to extend the lead to 3-1, and Tralmaks added his second of the game five minutes later, his 17th point (5G, 12A) in his last 14 games, to make it a 4-1 game and complete the scoring. Ales Stezka stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced for his 21st victory of the season.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  OT
Madison opened the scoring 2:47 into the opening period with Vincent de Mey's 11th goal of the season. The Capitols took that 1-0 lead into the middle frame, which was a scoreless period, with Bloomington outshooting Madison 21-8 in the period. Four minutes into the final period, Walker Duehr tied the game with his 14th goal of the season. The next 16 minutes were scoreless, sending the teams to overtime. Two and a half minutes into the extra frame, Alec Broetzman gave Madison the victory on the power play with his ninth goal of the season. Noah Weber dished out assists on both Capitols goals, and Daniel Lebedeff was outstanding between the pipes, stopping 45 of the 46 Thunder shots he faced for his second win in his last three decisions.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
Waterloo completed the weekend sweep of Cedar Rapids with a 6-1 road win over the RoughRiders. The teams traded goals 30 seconds apart early in the first period. Kevin Charyszyn scored his 29th goal of the year to put Waterloo up 1-0 before TJ Walsh responded quickly for the RoughRiders, and it was a 1-1 game heading into the second period. The Black Hawks picked up two goals from defensemen in the middle 20 minutes courtesy of Ethan Spaxman and Dylan Samberg to take a 3-1 lead into the third period. Nick Swaney, Jackson Cates and Jack Drury found the back of the net for Waterloo in the final frame for five unanswered goals and a 6-1 win. Robbie Beydoun stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced to move to 22-9-0-4 on the season.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
Des Moines is now five points ahead of fifth-place Lincoln for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference thanks to a 3-0 shutout of the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Buccaneers scored two goals in just 10 seconds 13 minutes into the game. David Keefer's 19th goal of the season opened the scoring at 12:53 before Matt Hudie doubled Des Moines' lead at 13:03. Following a scoreless second period, Scooter Brickey added an empty net goal to make it a 3-0 game and complete the scoring. Colin Ugbekile added the only assist in the contest, and Jan Ruzicka stopped all 25 shots he faced for his fifth shutout of the season, tied for the most in the USHL.
TEAM USA (U17)  at FARGO FORCE 
Fargo inched closer to clinching a playoff berth thanks to a 5-1 victory and weekend sweep of the U17s. The Force held a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play thanks to Jack Adams' league-leading 34th goal of the season and a Mitchell Chaffee tally just 30 seconds apart. Mark Senden added his eighth of the season to extend the Fargo lead to 3-0 before Jack DeBoer scored the first goal of his USHL career to get the U17s on the board and make it a 3-1 game heading into the third period. The Force added two more goals in the third period, courtesy of Paul Washe and Kevin O'Neil, to come away with a 5-1 victory. Jacob Paganelli dished out a pair of assists, and Ryan Bischel made 23 saves on 24 Team USA shots for his sixth win of the year.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  at OMAHA LANCERS 
Dubuque clinched a spot in the Clark Cup Playoffs for the seventh straight season with a resounding 7-4 victory over the Omaha Lancers. In the first period, Colin Theisen scored for the the Fighting Saints, while Filip Suchy tallied for the Lancers, sending the teams to the middle frame tied at one. Omaha held a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes thanks to goals from Greg Printz, Jack Randl and Noah Cates. Austin Rueschhoff and Cole Guttman found the back of the net for Dubuque in the second. The Fighting Saints then exploded for four goals in the third period to walk away with a 7-4 victory. Rueschhoff added his second goal of the game to tie the game at four, Theisen added two more goals to complete the hat trick and make it a 6-4 game and Zach Solow completed the scoring with his 17th goal and league-leading 65th point of the season. Solow also dished out three assists in the win, Jacob Hamacher added a pair of helpers and Jaxon Castor made 21 saves to move to 29-13-0-4 on the year.
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.