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USHL Recap: Friday, Oct. 5

10/06/2018, 10:45am CDT

Muskegon, Des Moines, Team USA stay perfect, Cedar Rapids earns first shutout of season.

Blake Pietila, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (courtesy Hickling Images)

Below is a recap of Friday's USHL games:



Team USA remained perfect in USHL play and moved their record to 3-0 on the year as the U17s knocked off the Madison Capitols 4-2. It was the first victory for the U17s in USHL competition this season.


The U17s jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play courtesy of Tanner Latsch and Eamon Powell, the first goals of their respective USHL careers.

Madison got on the board early in the second as the Capitols crashed the net, with Kristoff Papp finding the back of the net on the power play to make it a 2-1 game.

After Landon Slaggert gave Team USA their second two-goal lead of the game midway through the second, Carson Bantle cut the lead to one once again with just 59 seconds remaining in regulation. That's as close as Madison would get, however, as Ty Smilanic added an empty-net goal to complete the scoring and move Team USA to 3-0 on the year.


Slaggert added two assists for a three-point night, Matthew Beniers dished out a pair of helpers and Noah Grannan picked up his first USHL victory between the pipes with a 26-save performance.




Just like their in-state counterparts, the Muskegon Lumberjacks also moved to 3-0 on the season thanks to a shootout victory over the Youngstown Phantoms at Covelli Centre.


The teams played a scoreless first period, with each side registering 10 shots on goal. The Phantoms broke the scoreless tie and got on the board first in front of their home crowd, as Connor MacEachern fired a shot right off the faceoff past Muskegon goaltender Brandon Bussi, the first USHL goal for the Robert Morris commit.

It remained a 1-0 game until very late in regulation, when Muskegon pulled the goaltender. Jagger Joshua scored during the six-on-five advantage with just 49 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game and send the teams to overtime.


Following a scoreless overtime period, the teams headed to a shootout, where Bobby Lynch scored the only goal for either side to propel the Lumberjacks to a victory. Bussi stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced through regulation and all three attempts in the shootout to move to a perfect 3-0 on the season, just like his team.



Cedar Rapids continued its strong play on Friday, knocking off the Chicago Stele 4-0 inside Fox Valley Ice Arena.


The RoughRiders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, Joe Hankinson got Cedar Rapids on the board at 8:08, and Max Sasson doubled the lead just six and a half minutes later.

The RoughRiders would add one more goal in each of the final two periods to complete the scoring. Liam Walsh made it 3-0 four and a half minutes into the third period with his first goal of the season. Ethan Wolthers added an empty-net goal with 25 seconds left in the game to make it a 4-0 final. Hankinson and Sasson had two points (1G, 1A) each. Reigning USHL Goaltender of the Week Blake Pietila picked up right where he left off at the Fall Classic, stopping all 29 shots he faced for the first shutout by any USHL goaltender this season.


With the win, the RoughRiders have earned five of a possible six points on the season.




The Des Moines Buccaneers remain one of the three unbeaten teams in the USHL thanks to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks in their home opener.


Des Moines and Waterloo played a scoreless opening frame, with the Black Hawks outshooting the Bucs 16-10. The visitors opened the scoring at 6:35 of the second period, as Vladislav Firstov picked up the first goal of his USHL career. It was the only goal of the middle frame, as the Black Hawks took that 1-0 lead into the third period.


Des Moines evened the proceedings seven minutes into the third, as Scooter Brickey fed TJ Walsh, who scored his third goal of the season and made it a 1-1 game. It was the third goal and seventh point of the season for the Boston College commit, who currently ranks second among all USHL players in scoring.

Waterloo took the lead once again at 12:30, with veteran defenseman Hank Sorensen scoring his first goal of the season on the power play. Des Moines didn't make the lead last very long, as they tied the game just about two minutes later with a Matt Brown shorthanded tally. The reigning USHL Forward of the Week picked up his fourth goal and eighth point of the season with the marker, both of which lead the USHL.


The teams headed to regulation tied at two, and following a scoreless overtime session, the game needed to be decided in a shootout.


Both Brown and Walsh scored in the shootout, and Anaheim Ducks prospect Roman Durny stopped both shots he faced in the shootout to give the Buccaneers the extra point. Durny made 38 saves on 40 shots through regulation, giving him his second victory of the year. 


On a night where Fargo's 2018 Clark Cup champions banner was raised to the Scheels Arena rafters, the Force took care of business in their 2018-19 home opener, as they dispatched of the Sioux Falls Stampede 3-1.


Fargo scored all three of their goals in the first period. Aaron Huglen opened the scoring nine minutes into the opening period, Josh Nodler doubled the lead five minutes later and University of Minnesota commit Ben Meyers added a power play tally with just three seconds remaining in the opening frame, making it a 3-0 game through 20 minutes of play.

Late in the second period, Blake Bride got the Stampede on the board with his second goal of the year, but that was it for the scoring, as Fargo was able to hang on for the remainder of regulation to earn the 3-1 win and move to 2-1 on the season.


Fargo outshot Sioux Falls 30-28 in the game, and new University of Notre Dame commit Ryan Bischel stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced to move his personal record on the season to 2-1.




Following Sioux City's win over Green Bay last week at the Dick's Sporting Goods Fall Classic, the Musketeers picked up their second straight win over the Gamblers and swept the season series with a 3-1 victory at the Resch Center.


The teams traded goals in the opening period, with Matthew Miller scoring for Sioux City and Noah Prokop finding the back of the net for Green Bay, to send the teams to the first intermission tied at one.

The Musketeers took a 2-1 lead just under 90 seconds into the middle frame with a Jordan Steinmetz snipe, the first goal of his USHL career.

Sioux City was able to keep Green Bay off the board for the remainder of the game, and Marcus Kallionkieli added an empty-net tally to complete the scoring and move the Musketeers to 2-1 on the season.


Miami University commit Ben Kraws made 37 saves on 38 Green Bay shots to move to 2-1 on the young season.




The best rivalry in the USHL produced an instant classic on Friday night, with the Omaha Lancers knocking off their archrival 6-5 inside the Ice Box in a game filled with lead changes and exciting moments.


Omaha's Jan Kern opened the scoring at 5:11 of the opening period, but Zach Dubinsky and Steve Agrogianis responded for Lincoln, giving the Stars a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes.

The second period was the most wild 20 minutes of play of the young USHL season. Agrogianis's second goal of the game made it a 3-1 game, but Omaha responded with three goals in 1:57, courtesy of Brian Silver, Tyler Carpenter and Jerry Harding, to retake the lead.

The Stars' Ben Badalamenti made it a 4-4 game just over three minutes after Omaha took the lead, but the Lancers' Logan Will gave his team the lead once more at 15:23 and made it a 5-4 contest through 40 minutes of play.

Four minutes into the third period, Declan Carlile evened the proceedings once more on the power play, completed the scoring through regulation and sending the teams to overtime.


Just 20 seconds into the overtime period, Michael Colella found the back of the net for his first USHL goal, giving the Lancers a wild 6-5 road victory. 

Lance Leonard stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced through 40 minutes and was replaced by Boston University commit Vinnie Purpura, who made seven saves on eight shots through the third period and overtime to earn the victory between the pipes.



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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