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USHL Recap: Friday, Oct. 12

10/13/2018, 1:15pm CDT

Jackson brothers lead Dubuque, Saville earns shutout for Tri-City, Kucharski picks up victory in first start with Omaha.

Isaiah Saville, Tri-City Storm (courtesy Hickling Images)

Below is a recap of Friday's USHL games:




Dylan and Ty Jackson combined for six points to give the Dubuque Fighting Saints a 5-3 victory over the Lincoln Stars at the Ice Box.


Dylan Jackson wasted no time getting on the scoresheet, as he found the back of the net twice in the first five minutes of the game to put Dubuque up 2-0.

Lincoln got on the board with just under 5 minutes remaining in the first period, as forward Josh Lopina wristed one to the back of the net, cutting the Saints lead in half.

Defense reigned supreme in the middle frame, as both teams went scoreless through the second period.


Lincoln came out firing in the final 20 minutes, as defenseman Logan Britt and forward Caleb Rule scored just over a minute apart, giving the Stars their first lead of the game at 3-2.

Dubuque responded in a big way, however, as they scored the final three goals of the game. Chris Lipe made it a 3-2 game just a minute after Britt's goal to even the proceedings at three. The game winning tally came from none other than Ty Jackson, who scored with just over two minutes left before J.D. Greenway sealed the victory with an empty netter.


Ty finished with one goal and two assists, while Dylan also finished with three points, as he dished out an assist in addition to scoring twice. Riese Gaber recorded two assists of his own and Winnipeg Jets prospect Matthew Thiessen stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced to move to 2-1-1-0 on the season.


The Chicago Steel found their offensive touch, putting up six goals to earn their second win of the season, defeating the Madison Capitols 6-2.


Uula Ruikka opened up the scoring for the Steel, netting his first USHL goal in the process, putting Chicago up 1-0 five minutes into the contest.

After Robert Mastrosimone and Cole Kodsi scored to extend the Chicago lead to 3-0 through 20 minutes of play, Mastrosimone, a Boston University commit, made it a 4-0 game eight minutes into the second period, an impressive wraparound goal with Madison defenders all over him.

Madison scored twice in the third period, courtesy of Chaz Smedsrud's two tallies in 1:42, but Chicago goals from Travis Treloar and Matteo Pietroniro, an empty-net tally, helped the Steel pull away and earn the victory.


Adam Robbins added a pair of assists for Chicago and Justin Robbins earned his second victory of the year between the pipes.




The top two teams in the Western Conference faced off at the Viaero Center on Friday, with the Tri-City Storm remaining unbeaten and moving to 4-0 with a shutout of the Des Moines Buccaneers.


Storm forward Asa Kinnear opened up the scoring, registering the lone goal of the opening period at the 4:32 mark, his second of the year.


This game would go scoreless for the next 33 minutes, until Storm forward Filip Forsmark connected with defenseman Ronnie Attard, who blasted one to the back of the net at 17:24 of the second period for a 2-0 Tri-City lead.

One more goal in the final frame, the first of Ruben Rafkin's career, would secure the 3-0 victory for Tri-City, as they earned two more points to remain perfect on the season.


Forsmark had two helpers on the night and goaltender Isaiah Saville improved his record to 3-0, turning away all 25 shots he faced to earn his first career USHL shutout.




The Green Bay Gamblers earned their second win of the season, after a second period scoring spree propelled them to a 6-2 victory over the Central Illinois Flying Aces.


Central Illinois opened up the scoring, when forward Tate Singleton’s shot managed to trickle through for the 1-0 lead 4:27 into the game.


The Gamblers responded just a few minutes later, when forward Nicholas Zabaneh ripped home his second of the year to even things at 1-1.


The teams would trade tallies, until the Gamblers pulled ahead hallway through the second period, earning back-to-back powerplay goals from Noah Prokop and Ethan Frisch to take a 4-2 lead. 

A late second period goal from Austin Heidemann and a late third period tally courtesy of Gleb Murtazin completed the scoring. Four Green Bay players recorded multi-point performances - Frisch (1G, 1A), Tyler Spott (1G, 1A), Jesse Tucker, who had two assists, and Nick Leitner, who dished out three helpers of his own.


Despite racking up 16 shots in the third period, the Flying Aces could not solve the Gamblers goaltending, as Jake Begley turned away 35 of 37 in the contest to earn the win.




The Omaha Lancers snuck past the Fargo Force, earning a 3-2 victory over the defending champs at Ralston Arena on Friday night.


The Lancers struck first, when forward Jan Kern buried a puck through traffic, giving Omaha a 1-0 lead through the first 20 minutes.

The Force responded with back-to-back goals in the second, a blast from Connor Mayer and a top-shelf wrist shot from forward Josh Nodler, to give Fargo a 2-1 advantage.

The Lancers responded quickly when Mathieu De St. Phalle blasted home a one timer less than two minutes later and knot the game at two heading into the final frame.

Just under nine minutes into the third period, Lancers forward Logan Will connected on a cross-ice pass from Bryce Brodzinski, finding the back of the net for the game-winner.


Newly-acquired goaltender Jake Kucharski earned the victory in his Omaha debut, stopping 22 of 24 shots faced.



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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