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2018 Dick's Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic Saturday Recap

09/29/2018, 9:45pm CDT

Recap of Saturday's four USHL games at the Dick's Sporting Goods Fall Classic.

Photo by Hickling Images

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



The Green Bay Gamblers earned their first victory of the season with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the rival Dubuque Fighting Saints.


Both teams found the back of the net in the first period within the span of 22 seconds of each other. Dubuque's Chris Lipe picked up his first goal of the season at 10:18 of the opening frame to give his team a 1-0 lead, but Robert Herrman answered right back for Green Bay at 10:40, evening the score at one after 20 minutes of play.


Green Bay scored twice in the second period to go up 3-1. Paul Maust fired a shot over the shoulder of Fighting Saints goaltender Matthew Thiessen and into the back of the net at 11:05 to give the Gamblers the lead. Noah Prokop made it a two-goal game about six minutes later with a power play tally.

Dubuque cut the lead to one with just over seven minutes to play in the game thanks to a Riese Gaber goal, but the Gamblers were able to hang on for the remainder of the contest to earn the 3-2 win.


Gleb Murtazin dished out a pair of assists for Green Bay in the victory, while Evan Fear was impressive between the pipes, stopping 34 of 36 Dubuque shots for his first win of the year. 


Green Bay will be off until next weekend. Dubuque faces off with the Youngstown Phantoms on Sunday at 1 PM ET.




The most anticipated game of the day lived up to the hype, as Team USA overcame a 3-1 third period deficit and knocked off the Sioux Falls Stampede 5-4 in a shootout.


Both teams lit the lamp in the first period, as Cole Caufield picked up right where he left off last season, tallying a power play marker at 6:47. Seven minutes later, Blake Bride scored the first goal of his USHL career to even the proceedings at 1-1 through 20 minutes.

The Stampede took a 2-1 lead at 5:31 with an Artem Ivanyuzhenkov tally, the Russian forward's second goal in as many games. They then doubled their lead late in the frame, when Jeppe Urup converted on an odd-man rush thanks to a nice feed from Ryan Johnson, doubling the Sioux Falls lead to 3-1 heading into the third period.

Team USA's offense lived up to the preseason hype in the third period, scoring twice in 30 seconds and three times in eight minutes to take a 4-3 lead. All-American Prospects Game MVP Matt Boldy cut his team's deficit to 3-2 at 3:03 after a tremendous effort by Alex Vlasic to get him the puck. 30 seconds later, Patrick Moynihan tied the game with his first goal of the season. Exactly eight minutes later, Ryder Rolston gave Team USA a 4-3 lead, their first advantage of the game. 

Sioux Falls kept pushing and finally tied the game with just 65 seconds remaining in regulation courtesy of Andre Lee's second goal of the season, sending the U18s and the Stampede to overtime.


The teams went to a five-round shootout, where Jack Hughes, Caufield and Domenick Fensore all scored to help their team pick up their first two possible points. Hughes dished out a pair of assists in the game, and Cameron Rowe made 19 saves through overtime as well as three stops in the shootout for his first win of the year.

Sioux Falls will resume play next weekend, while Team USA will play in the final game of the Fall Classic, a tilt with the Omaha Lancers at 4 PM ET on Sunday. The is the USHL Game of the Week and can be streamed for free on HockeyTV.


The Waterloo Black Hawks are going home from the Fall Classic with three of a possible four points from the weekend, as they knocked off the Omaha Lancers 3-1 in a Western Conference rivalry matchup.


The teams played a scoreless first period, with Omaha outshooting Waterloo 9-6 in the frame.


Waterloo opened the scoring just 14 seconds into the middle frame, as Matt Koopman tallied his second goal in as many games to give the Black Hawks a 1-0 lead. That advantage was short-lived, however, as the Lancers responded just under three minutes later with a Brian Silver tally,  the Michigan State commit's first USHL goal, to make it a 1-1 game heading into the final 20 minutes of play.


The Black Hawks broke the tie at 1:36 of the third period. Austen Swankler sent a pass to the front of the net and onto the stick of Griffin Ness, who put the puck past Omaha goaltender Vinnie Purpura for his first USHL goal and gave his team a 2-1 lead. Waterloo then picked up a Ryan Drkulec insurance tally, also the first of his USHL career, to complete the scoring and send Waterloo home with three of a possible four points from the weekend.


University of Minnesota commit Jared Moe had a bounce-back performance between the pipes, as he stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced for his first victory of the season.


Waterloo will rest up and get ready for next weekend, while Omaha will take on Team USA at 4 PM ET on Sunday in the USHL Free Game of the Week on HockeyTV.






The Lumberjacks jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of the contest. Jagger Joshua finished off a beautiful 3-on-1 rush to open the scoring at 9:24. That was followed by tallies from Daniil GushchinBrock Bremer and Egor Afanasyev just 1:50 apart, putting Muskegon up four. Afanasyev's goal was his fourth in the last two days after picking up a hat trick on Friday. 


Sioux City got on the board 4:49 into the middle frame, as Parker Ford found the puck on his stick following a shot from Brock Baker that hit the glass behind Muskegon's goal. The Providence commit scored in each of his team's games at the Fall Classic.


Calgary Flames prospect Martin Pospisil cut the Sioux City deficit to just one following a pair of goals exactly two minutes apart, making it a 4-3 game heading into the third period.

Sioux City pushed hard to tie the game throughout the final frame, but were unable find the back of the net in the third. Muskegon added an insurance goal from Bobby Lynch at 14:39 and an empty-net tally from James McIsaac to complete the victory and help Muskegon to a 2-0 start to the season. Lynch also dished out two assists in the contest for his first three USHL points.


St. Lawrence commit Brandon Bussi earned his second straight victory between the pipes, stopping 24 of the 27 shots he faced.


Both teams will be off until 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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