DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
(Chicago leads series 1-0)
Chicago overcame a 3-1 third period deficit with three goals in the final 12 minutes of play to knock off Dubuque 4-3 and take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final. Following a scoreless first period that saw the Fighting Saints outshot the Steel 9-6, Chicago's Reggie Lutz found the back of the net for the fourth time in the postseason 8:20 into the second to put his team up 1-0. Three and a half minutes later, Quinn Preston answered for Dubuque with his third goal of the Clark Cup Playoffs to tie the game at one goal apiece heading into the third period. After Eric MacAdams made it a 2-1 game 42 seconds into the final frame, Scott Corbett picked up his first goal of the playoffs seven minutes later to give the Fighting Saints a 3-1 lead. 48 seconds after Corbett's goal, Jack Badini tallied his fourth postseason goal to cut the lead to 3-2. Just 38 seconds after Badini scored, Brannon McManus tied the game at three with his first goal of the playoffs, and the University of Minnesota commit picked up the game-winning goal with just 4:21 remaining to complete the comeback and give the Steel the Game 1 victory. Jake Jaremko dished out a pair of assists and Ales Stezka made 23 saves for his fourth victory of the postseason.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
(Sioux City leads series 1-0)
Sioux City held a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play thanks to goals from Connor Ford and Eeli Tolvanen. Ford's goal was his first of the playoffs, while Tolvanen's tally was his second of the postseason. The Boston College commit scored again midway through the second to make it a 3-0 game, but Ben Copeland scored twice for Waterloo in the span of 50 seconds late in the frame to send the Black Hawks to the third period only down one at 3-2. It remained a 3-2 game until about midway through the final frame, when Odeen Tufto scored a shorthanded goal, his second tally of the postseason, to extend the Musketeers lead to 4-2. Tarek Baker added his first of the playoffs with 90 seconds remaining to complete the scoring. Anea Ferrario dished out a pair of assists, and Matiss Kivlenieks won his fourth game of the postseason with a 31-save performance.
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.