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2018 Dick's Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic Friday Recap

09/28/2018, 9:45pm CDT

Recap of Friday's six games at the 2018 Dick's Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic.

Photo by Hickling Images

Below is a recap of Friday's USHL action at the 2018 Dick's Sporting Goods Fall Classic:



Three-point nights from Marcus Kallionkieli and Calgary Flames prospect Martin Pospisil recorded three points apiece to lead the Sioux City Musketeers to a 5-3 victory over the Green Bay Gamblers.


The Musketeers got off to a fast start, as Parker Ford found the back of the net just 30 seconds into the contest to give his team a 1-0 lead. Sioux City doubled their advantage to 2-0 about seven minutes later thanks to Kevin Lombardi's first tally of the year. Green Bay's Tyler Spott got his team on the board, as he was the recipient of a perfect Sam Huff pass. That goal cut the Gamblers deficit to 2-1 heading into the second period.

Kallionkieli picked up his two goals in the middle frame, including one that was set up by a beautiful pass from Pospisil. A Nicholas Zabaneh tally was sandwiched between Kallionkieli's goals, making it a 4-2 contest going into the final 20 minutes of play.

Green Bay cut the lead to one at 4-3 with Ethan Frisch's first goal of the 2018-19 season, but that's as close as the Gamblers would get. Bobby Brink lit the lamp with just under 90 seconds to play, with assists to Pospisil and Kallionkieli, to complete the scoring and seal the victory for Sioux City.


Brink added an assist along with his goal, and Miami University Ben Kraws made 25 saves for his first victory of the new season.


Sioux City will look to move to 2-0 on Saturday when they take on the Muskegon Lumberjacks at 8 PM ET, while the Gamblers will look to earn their first win of the year when they take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints earlier in the day at 11 AM ET.




An Egor Afanasyev hat trick helped the Muskegon Lumberjacks to a 4-3 victory over the Fargo Force, handing the defending champions their first loss since Game 2 of the 2018 Clark Cup Final.


The teams traded goals in the opening period, with Joey Kile scoring for Muskegon and Tyler Gratton finding the back of the net for Fargo. Gratton's tally was his second in as many nights.

Afanasyev scored the only two goals in the second period just 3:36 apart, including a power play goal with just over five minutes to play in the frame, to give his team a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Fargo cut the lead to one just 1:21 into the final frame thanks to Gratton's second goal of the game and third goal in two games.

Afanasyev completed the hat trick and regained a two-goal lead for Muskegon at 7:10 of the final frame with an impressive deflection of a Nash Nienhuis shot.

Josh Nodler scored for Fargo late in the contest to cut their deficit to one, but Muskegon was able to hang on for the remainder of the contest to pick up their first win of the season.


Brandon Bussi earned his first career win between the pipes with a 24-save performance.


Fargo is off until next weekend, while Muskegon will take on Sioux City on Saturday night at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT.





The Tri-City Storm moved to 2-0 on the young season with their hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Madison Capitols.


Forward Ian Murphy put his team on the board first, scoring at 7:48 of the first period on a powerplay goal to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. The goal was Murphy's first in the USHL and displayed some impressive hand-eye coordination, as he batted the puck out of mid-air and into the back of the net.

Tri-City extended their lead halfway through the middle frame, when defenseman Zac Jones found the back of the net on a feed from forward Joe Berg.


Madison responded early in the third as Calvin Pokorny scored on the man advantage just two minutes in, pulling the Capitols within one.


Storm goalie Isaiah Saville held strong in net throughout the remainder of the final frame, fighting off 21 of the 22 shots he faced, as Tri-City earned their second victory of the season.


Both teams will take to the ice again next weekend.




The Waterloo Black Hawks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to come back from a 4-1 deficit and force overtime, but their comeback fell short as Tate Singleton scored to give the Central Illinois Flying Aces a 5-4 victory in their first game of the season.


The Flying Aces scored the first three goals of the game to go up 3-0 halfway through the contest, led by two goals from forward Chad Hillebrand.

Waterloo responded quickly however, cutting the lead to 3-1 after forward Connor Caponi found the back of the net at 4:16 to get his team on the board.


Central Illinois reclaimed their three-goal advantage just a minute later, when Max Ellis scored on a feed from Cal Kiefiuk to make it a 4-1 game heading into the third.


Forward Xander Laampa sparked the Waterloo comeback, scoring two minutes into the final frame to make it 4-2.


35 seconds later, Black Hawks forward Matt Koopman found the back of the net to pull his team within one with 17:08 left in regulation.


Matej Blumel completed the comeback, ringing in the tying goal at 7:34 to even the score and ultimately force overtime.

The Flying Aces wasted no time claiming the victory, when forward Tate Singleton sniped a shot over the glove of Waterloo goaltender Jared Moe just 48 seconds into the OT period.

Ryan Snowden made 28 saves on 38 shots to earn the victory between the pipes.


Central Illinois will be off until next weekend, while Waterloo will face off with the Omaha Lancers on Saturday at 5 PM ET.




Cedar Rapids goaltender Blake Pietila stood strong between the pipes, turning away 28 of 29 shots to propel the RoughRiders to their first win of the season over the Lincoln Stars.


Grant Silianoff opened the scoring with his second goal in as many games at 5:07 of the first period on a feed from Nathan Smith to put Cedar Rapids up 1-0 through 20 minutes.


Jack O’Leary extended the RoughRiders advantage to two when he got on the board with an unassisted goal at 16:53 of the second period, giving Cedar Rapids that 2-0 lead heading into the final frame.


Lincoln cut the Cedar Rapids lead in half when forward Declan Carlile earned his first goal of the season at 10:17 of the third, making it a 2-1 game.


The Roughriders fought hard to protect their lead down the final stretch, sealing the victory when Dmitri Deryabin scored an empty net goal with just three seconds remaining in the contest, giving Cedar Rapids the 3-1 victory for their first two points of the season.


Both teams are finished with games this weekend and will prepare for games next weekend.





For the second straight day, the final game of the night was the wildest game of the night, as the Des Moines Buccaneers doubled up the Chicago Steel 10-5, led by a Matt Brown hat trick and six-point night.


The teams traded two goals apiece in the opening period, with TJ Walsh and Jonny Russell scoring for Des Moines along with Neil Shea and Ryan Doolin finding the back of the net for Chicago.


The Buccaneers then rattled off six straight goals to open the second period, including Russell's first goal of the game and two tallies from Tyler Paquette, to take a 8-2 lead. Chicago made it an 8-4 game before the end of the frame course of Doolin's second goal of the game and a John Spetz tally just 20 seconds apart. 


Brown completed his hat trick in the third period, including a shorthanded goal at the 4:30 mark of the final 20 minutes.

In addition to the six-point night from Brown, Des Moines also received multi-point efforts from TJ Walsh (2G, 2A), Russell (2G, 1A), Tyler Paquette (2G, 0A), and Brady Meyer (0G, 2A).


Jacob Kucharski made 16 saves to earn the victory. Both teams will take the ice again next weekend.



Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, 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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