Matej Blumel, Waterloo Black Hawks (courtesy Hickling Images)
Below is a recap of Saturday's USHL games:
MADISON CAPITOLS , TEAM USA  (SO)
After falling to the U17s on Friday night, the Madison Capitols responded in a big way, knocking off Team USA 2-1 in a shootout for their first victory of the season.
The game was a tight, defensive battle between the two clubs. Madison and Team USA played a scoreless first period, with the U17s holding a slim 13-12 advantage in shots.
Team USA broke through at 7:16 of the second period, as Dylan Peterson put the puck home following a wild goal-mouth scramble for the first goal of his USHL career.
The visitors responded right before the end of the period, courtesy of Carson Bandle's second goal of the season, sending the teams to the third period tied at one.
Following a scoreless third period and overtime session, Madison and Team USA headed to a shootout to decide a victor. Madison's Calvin Pokorny scored the only goal in the shootout to give his team their first win of the season.
Joseph Lamoreaux stopped 38 of the 39 shots he faced, in addition to all three Team USA attempts in the shootout, for his first win of the season.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS , YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
The Muskegon Lumberjacks moved to 4-0 on the year with a 3-0 win and weekend road sweep of the Youngstown Phantoms.
The visitors scored once in each period in the victory. Daniil Guschin opened the scoring with a power play tally 11:16 into the first period. The goal gave the Russian forward three points in his last three games.
Nolan Sullivan doubled the Muskegon lead at 14:49 of the second period, and Hunter Skinner completed the scoring with the Lumberjacks' second power play goal of the game exactly halfway through the third.
St. Lawrence commit Brandon Bussi continued his strong play between the pipes, stopping all 33 shots he faced for the first shutout of his USHL career.
CHICAGO STEEL , GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
The Chicago Steel picked up their first win of the season with a 5-2 victory over the Green Bay Gamblers at Fox Valley Ice Arena.
The first period was a back-and-forth affair, with five goals scored between the two teams. Green Bay's Robert Herrman opened the scoring just two minutes into the game with a power play goal, his second goal of the season.
Chicago's Matthew Barnaby tied the game five and a half minutes later before Gleb Muratzin's first goal of the season gave Green Bay their second lead of the game.
The Steel responded with two goals in the final half of the first, courtesy of Travis Treloar and Cole Quisenberry, to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.
Less than two minutes into the middle frame, Adam Robbins extended the Steel lead to 4-2, the only goal of the second period.
Josh Groll added an empty-net tally to complete the scoring and give the Steel their first victory in 2018-19.
Gunnarwolfe Fontaine dished out two assists in the win, and Justin Robbins made 21 saves for his first win of the season.
LINCOLN STARS , DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
The Lincoln Stars picked up three of a possible four points on the weekend with a 4-2 victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers, handing the Bucs their first loss of the season.
Lincoln jumped out to a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play, with goals from Shane Pinto and Hunter Carrick.
Just under three minutes into the second period, Josiah Slavin extended the Stars lead to three with his first goal of the year.
Des Moine responded with two goals in the final 13 minutes of the frame, coming off the sticks of Patrick Schmiedlin and USHL leading scorer Matt Brown, to make it a 3-2 game heading into the third period.
Despite Des Moines closing the gap to one, Lincoln was able to hang on for the remainder of regulation and add a third period goal from Devlin McCabe to complete the scoring and seal the 4-2 win.
In addition to his goal, Pinto dished out a pair of assists. New Clarkson commit Jacob Mucitelli made 24 saves on 26 Des Moines shots for a win in his first career USHL appearance.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS , DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  (OT)
Cedar Rapids moved to 3-0-1 on the season with a 3-2 victory over in-state rival Dubuque at the Mystique Ice Center.
The teams played the first 40 minutes without a goal, with Dubuque outshooting the visitors 25-20.
23 seconds into the third period, Cedar Rapids' Jason Polin scored his first goal of the season on the power play to give his team a 1-0 lead. That lead didn't last long, however, as veteran forward Willie Knierim responded just 1:22 later for the Saints to even the proceedings at one.
It remained a 1-1 game until late in the frame, when the teams traded goals 1:05 apart to send the contest to overtime. Patrick Smyth gave Dubuque a 2-1 lead with the Fighting Saints' second power play goal of the game at 14:05, but Max Sasson's second goal of the season at 15:10 made it a 2-2 game.
Just 33 seconds into overtime, Polin scored his second goal of the game to give Cedar Rapids the win and earn them their seventh of eight possible points on the year. Blake Pietila continued his strong play between the pipes, stopping 38 of the 40 shots he faced.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE , FARGO FORCE 
After falling on Friday to Fargo, Sioux Falls responded with a 5-4 victory over the Force to earn a weekend road split with the defending Clark Cup champions.
The teams traded goals in the opening period, with Carter Randklev scoring for Fargo and Tony Follmer finding the back of the net for the Stampede.
Sioux Falls took a 3-2 just under nine minutes into the second period with two goals just 42 seconds apart. Artem Ivanyuzhenkov tied the game at 8:07, and Jared Wescott gave the visitors the lead at 8:49.
Fargo, however, responded in a big way, scoring three times in 2:26 later in the frame, courtesy of Detroit Red Wings prospect Ryan O'Reilly and two from University of Minnesota commit Ben Meyers, to take a 4-3 lead heading into the third period.
The visitors came up with a huge effort in the third, scoring twice to walk away with a 5-4 victory. Blake Bride's third goal of the year, a power play tally, evened the teams at four less than two minutes into the period. It remained tied until the 15:37 mark, when Brian Chambers' first goal of the season gave the Stampede a 5-4 lead. His team was able to hang on for the remainder of the game to earn a big win.
Chad Veltri made 25 saves on 29 shots to pick up the victory in goal move to 2-1-0-1 on the season.
TRI-CITY STORM , OMAHA LANCERS 
Tri-City moved to a perfect 3-0 on the season with a convincing 5-1 win over in-state rival Omaha.
The Lancers' Ryan Savage found the back of the net at 9:39 of the opening period, giving his team a 1-0 lead. The Storm dominated the remainder of the game, however, scoring the final five goals of the contest.
Tri-City's Blais Richartz and Ian Murphy scored in the first period to give their team a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes. Jake Crespi and Asa Kinnear added goals in the middle frame to make it a 4-1 game and Joe Berg added an empty-net goal with just 11 seconds remaining to complete the scoring.
Maine commit Brad Morrissey dished out a pair of assists, and Isaiah Saville made 19 saves on 20 shots for his second win of the season.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS , CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLYING ACES 
A Matej Blumel hat trick lead the Waterloo Black Hawks to a 5-1 road victory over the Central Illinois Flying Aces.
The teams traded goals in the first period, with Sebastian Dirven and Brock Paul scoring for their respective teams, to make it a 1-1 game through 20 minutes.
Blumel scored the first of his three goals in the second period, the only goal of the middle frame, making it a 2-1 Black Hawks lead heading into the final frame.
After Griffin Ness made it a 3-1 game with a power play goal 32 seconds into the third, Blumel scored the final two goals of the game, a power play goal and a shorthanded tally just over two minutes apart, to complete the hat trick, the scoring in the game and give his team the 5-1 win.
Vladislav Firstov added a pair of assists, giving the Russian forward four points in his last two games, and Ferris State commit Logan Stein made 34 saves on 35 shots for a win in his first USHL appearance.
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.