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USHL Recap: Saturday, Oct. 13

10/13/2018, 9:45pm CDT

Muskegon remains perfect, Green Bay, Sioux Falls, Central Illinois all earn victories in extra time.

Ryan Snowden, Central Illinois Flying Aces (courtesy Hickling Images)

Below is a recap of Saturday's USHL games:



The Muskegon Lumberjacks remain the only unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference and just one of two unbeaten teams in the USHL with their 6-0 victory over the Chicago Steel.


The Lumberjacks held a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Jagger Joshua opened the scoring with a power play goal, his third of the season. Just over two minutes later, Muskegon captain Nolan Sullivan doubled the lead with his second tally of the year.

Muskegon added three goals in the second period, courtesy of Joshua, his second of the game, Danil Guschin, one of three points on his night and his fifth point in his last two games, and Mikael Hakkarainen, who was playing in his first game back in a Lumberjacks uniform.

John Farinacci added a power play goal, the Jacks' third of the game, early in the third period to complete the scoring. 


In addition to the three-point night from Guschin, Joshua (2G, 0A), Farinacci (1G, 1A), Egor Afanasyev (0G, 2A) and Hunter Skinner (0G, 2A) recorded multi-point performances of their own. Reigning USHL Goaltender of the Week Brandon Bussi stopped all 24 shots he faced to move to 5-0 on the year.


Despite overcoming a 3-1 third period deficit, the Fargo Force were unable to take down the Sioux Falls Stampede, as the Herd took down the defending champs 4-3 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.


The teams traded goals in the opening period, with Ryan Sullivan opening the scoring for Sioux Falls just 2:03 into the game and Connor Mayer evening the game at one at 14:46.

Sioux Falls scored twice in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Matt Cameron gave the Stampede a 2-1 advantage at 7:02, and Artem Ivanyuzhenkov continued to find the back of the net, extending the lead to two with his fourth of the year at 18:47.

It remained a 3-1 game until midway through the third period. At 9:17, Fargo's Ben Meyers cut the lead to one at 9:17. Just 1:13 later, the University of Minnesota commit scored his second straight goal to even the proceedings at 3-3.

The game headed to overtime and then a shootout following a scoreless extra frame. Hank Crone was able to score for Fargo, but Ivanyuzhenkov and Cade Borchardt found the back of the net in the shootout for Sioux Falls, giving the home team the 4-3 victory.

Jaxon Stauber stopped 20 of the 23 shots he faced through overtime as well as two of the three attempts he saw in the shootout for a win in his first start of the season.




Chris Girdoay's game-winner 4:07 into overtime gave the Green Bay Gamblers a wild 5-4 road victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks inside Young Arena.


The Black Hawks held a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes. Emil Ohrvall and Jesse Tucker traded goals for their respective teams just 59 seconds apart, after which Griffin Ness finished off a beautiful Waterloo passing play on the man advantage with just 29 seconds remaining in the first period.

Robert Herrman goal, his third of the season, was the only goal of the second period and tied the game at two.


Waterloo retook the lead at 3-2 just 1:40 into period three, courtesy of a Vladislav Firstov power play goal.

Herrman's second goal of the game and fourth of the season tied the game at three at 5:26, and Noah Ganske gave Green Bay their first lead of the game with a goal at 15:09, his first of the season. Waterloo responded quickly, however, with a Connor Caponi shorthanded tally just under two minutes later, to even the game at four and send the teams to overtime, where Giroday scored the game-winner with just under a minute remaining in the extra frame.

Tyler Spott and Nick Leitner dished out two assists each and Evan Fear made 27 saves in the win.




A 48-save performance from Central Illinois goaltender Ryan Snowden helped the Flying Aces to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Madison Capitols and back over the .500 mark on the season.


Central Illinois led 2-0 through 20 minutes of play. Trevor Janicke opened the scoring just 1:39 into the game with his fourth goal of the season, and Lynden Breen added a shorthanded tally at 15:50.

Madison then scored once in both the second and third periods to tie the game and send the teams to overtime. Anthony Stark got the Capitols on the board and made it a 2-1 game at 6:10 of the second period, his second goal of the year. Trey LaBarge tied the game at 3:47 of the third with his first tally of the season.

Following a scoreless overtime period, the teams headed to a shootout to decide a victor. After Max Ellis and Calvin Pokorny scored for their respective teams in the first round, including Pokorny's second shootout goal in as many weeks, Janicke scored the only goal in the final two rounds to earn Central Illinois the victory.

Snowden, an Ohio State commit, was outstanding between the pipes during his 48-save performance.




The Sioux City Musketeers overcame a 2-0 first period deficit, including four straight goals in the second period, to take down the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 6-3.


Cedar Rapids led 2-0 through 20 minutes, courtesy of goals from Harrison Roy at 3:23 and Nathan Smith at 18:48.


The Musketeers scored four times in the second period to take a 4-2 lead. Josh Bohlin and Parker Ford found the back of the net just over two minutes apart early in the frame to tie the game. Ford scored his second of the game, fourth of the year and gave his team the lead at 12:40, and Calgary Flames prospect Martin Pospisil made it a 4-2 game with just over a minute to play in the period.


Cedar Rapids made it a 4-3 game early in the third with Mitchell Miller's first goal of the season, but that's as close as the RoughRiders would get. Bobby Brink's second goal of the year made it 5-3 at 15:09 and Matthew Miller added an empty-net tally late in the game to seal the victory for the Musketeers. 


Sioux City captain Luke Johnson dished out a pair of assists in the win, and Ben Kraws made 29 saves on 32 Cedar Rapids shots to move to 3-1 on the season.




After opening their season with a regulation loss, the Dubuque Fighting Saints have earned at least one point in each of their last four games, including three victories, following tonight's 7-2 victory over the Omaha Lancers.


Jan Kern's second goal in as many nights put Omaha up 1-0 7:20 into the game, but Dubuque responded with Ty Jackson and Derek Contessa tallies to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Nikita Krivokrasov's first USHL goal midway through the second period tied the game at two.

Dubuque responded in a big way, scoring the final five goals of the game. Dylan Jackson and Mason McCormick scored in the second period to make it a 4-2 game through 20 minutes. Matias Maccelli, Contessa and Cooper Haar found the back of the net in the final frame to complete the scoring.

Contessa had three points (2G, 1A) on the nights, the Jackson twins (1G, 1A each) added their second straight multi-point performances and Winnipeg Jets prospect Matthew Thiessen made 28 saves on 30 shots to move to 3-1-1-0 on the year.




Des Moines scored once in each period to knock off the Lincoln Stars 3-2 at Buccaneer Arena.


USHL leading scorer Matt Brown recorded his first of two points on the night with his sixth goal of the year 12:58 into the game, the only goal of the first period. The Buccaneers doubled their lead through 40 minutes with Kaden Bohlsen's first goal of the season.

Lincoln scored twice in the third period, courtesy of Samuli Niinisaari and Phillip Lapointe, but it wasn't enough for the Stars. TJ Walsh scored his fourth goal of the year in the third period to help Des Moines to a 3-2 win. 


Anaheim Ducks prospect Roman Durny moved to 3-1 on the season with a 28-save performance.



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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