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USHL Recap: Friday, Oct. 19

10/20/2018, 11:15am CDT

Youngstown picks up first win of the season, Des Moines hands Tri-City first loss of the year, Muskegon remains only unbeaten team in the USHL.

Matt Brown, Des Moines Buccaneers (courtesy Hickling Images)

Below is a recap of Friday's USHL games:



Despite giving up a 5-2 second period lead, the Sioux Falls Stampede were able to hold on for a 6-5 overtime victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.


The first period was an offensive explosion, with six goals on 19 shots between the two teams, leaving Sioux Falls up 4-2 after 20 minutes. Lucas McGregor, Jani KrannilaArtem Ivanyuzhenkov and Cade Borchardt found the back of the net for the Stampede, while Ryan Drkulec and Griffin Ness lit the lamp for Waterloo. With his goal, Ivanyuzhenkov has recorded a point in each of his team's first five games, with eight points (5G, 3A) in that span.

Sioux Falls' Ryan Johnson made it a 5-2 game midway through the second period with his first goal, but Waterloo regained some momentum and cut the deficit to two courtesy of an Emil Ohrvall tally with just nine seconds remaining in the period.

Ohrvall then scored just three minutes into the third period, cutting his team's deficit to 5-4 and then completed the comeback and the natural hat trick with just 1:40 remaining in regulation time, sending the teams to overtime.

Waterloo appeared to have all the momentum heading into the extra frame, but with just 52 seconds remaining in overtime, Borchardt scored his second goal of the game and the season to give Sioux Falls a wild 6-5 victory.

Borchardt (2G, 1A) and Johnson (1G, 2A) had three points on the night, and Jaxon Stauber made 32 saves and added an assist on Borchardt's first goal.




The Youngstown Phantoms picked up their first victory of the season courtesy of a 4-3 shootout victory in Dubuque.


Jack Malone scored the only goal of the first period to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play.

Dubuque stormed back in the middle frame, scoring twice to take a 2-1 lead. Logan Pietila's first goal of the season tied the game at 4:25, and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect J.D. Greenway gave the Saints the lead with just under two minutes to play in the second.

Dubuque extended their lead to 3-1 with Matias Maccelli's third goal at 8:44 of the third period. The Finnish forward is now sporting a three-game point streak, with a goal in each game and five total points (3G, 2A) during that stretch.


Youngstown rallied back with two goals just over four minutes apart to tie the game and send the teams to overtime. Joey Abate made it a one-goal game at 13:25 of the third, and Liam Dennison made it a 3-3 game with just 2:30 remaining in regulation.


Following a scoreless overtime period, the teams headed to a shootout, where Malone and Connor MacEachern found the back of the net to give the Phantoms the victory, their first of the year.

Gianfranco Cassaro added a pair of helpers in the victory, and Jon Mor picked up his first win of the year by stopping 35 of 38 shots through overtime and two of three attempts in the shootout.




After falling on Thursday, the Fargo Force managed a split of their two-game set with the Sioux City Musketeers, winning 6-4 at Scheels Arena.


The Musketeers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period of play, courtesy of goals from Matthew Miller and Marcus Kallionkieli. Kallionkieli has scored in all but one of the six games he has played this year, and now has five goals in his last four games.

Kallionkieli added his second goal of the game midway through the second, but Fargo scored three times in the middle frame, thanks to Detroit Red Wings prospect Ryan O'ReillyNicolas Appendino and Jake Harrison to tie the game at three after 40 minutes of play.

The Force then scored the next three goals, all within four minutes early in the third period, to pull away. 42 seconds into the final frame, Ben Meyers scored his seventh goal of the season to put Fargo up 4-3. 25 seconds later, Michael Mancinelli's first goal as a member of the Force made it a two-goal game, and Ross Mitton made it 6-3 just 3:10 after Mancinelli's goal.

Despite a late power play goal from Sioux City's Luke Johnson, Fargo hung on for a 6-4 victory. Hank Crone dished out three assists, giving him five points (1G, 4A) in the two games against the Musketeers, Colin Ugbekile added a pair of helpers and Matthew Sankner made 15 saves for a win in his first USHL appearance.




A three-goal third period gave the Lincoln Stars a 4-1 win over the Madison Capitols at the Ice Box.


After a scoreless first period that saw Madison outshoot Lincoln 10-9, rookie Shane Pinto scored his fifth goal of the year to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. It remained 1-0 until Matthew Gould tied the game with his first goal of the year at 14:08, sending the teams to the second intermission even at one goal apiece.

The Stars exploded for three goals in the third period, courtesy of Pinto Chicago Blackhawks prospect Josiah SlavinJustin Lee to earn the victory. Pinto's two-goal performance gives him six goals and 10 points on the season. His 10 points are tied for the league among rookies, while his six goals are second among rookies.


Clarkson commit Tyler Johnson secured his first USHL victory with a 28-save on 29-shot performance.




Muskegon moved to 7-0 and remained the only perfect team in the USHL with a 5-3 road victory over the Chicago Steel.


Muskegon's Christoffer Bjork and Chicago captain Matteo Pietroniro traded goals early in the first period before Egor Afanasyev scored his fifth goal of the season at 13:58 of the opening frame to give the Lumberjacks a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes.  

Once more, the teams traded goals in the second period, this time late in the frame. The Steel's Neil Shea made it a 3-2 game with a power play goal, his second tally of the season, but Bobby Lynch regained the two-goal lead for his team with just over a minute to play in the second.

For the second time in as many periods, Chicago cut their deficit to a single goal thanks to Nick Abruzzese's first of the year, but Lynch's second tally of the game and third of the season made it 5-3.

Chicago Blackhawks prospect Mikael Hakkarainen added an empty-net tally, his third goal in as many games and sixth point since returning to the USHL, to complete the scoring and keep Muskegon's record unblemished.


Both Lynch (2G, 1A) and Hakkarainen (1G, 2A) recorded three points each, Colby Bukes dished out a pair of assists and Brandon Bussi moved to 7-0 with a 15-save performance.




The Des Moines Buccaneers handed the Tri-City Storm their first loss of the season thanks to a 4-2 win at Buccaneer Arena.


Tri-City jumped out to a 1-0 lead through one period of play with a Joseph Molenaar tally, but Luke Manning tied the game late in the second period to get Des Moines on the board and even the proceedings.

The USHL's leading scorer led the way in the third period, as Matt Brown scored twice in the first seven minutes of the final frame, his seventh and league-leading eighth goal and 13th point of the season, to put the Buccaneers up 3-1.

Braden Costello then extended the Bucs lead to 4-1 less than three minutes later.

Despite a late power play goal from Jake Crespi to make it a 4-2 game, Des Moines hung on for the victory. TJ Walsh dished out two assists in the win and Anaheim Ducks prospect Roman Durny made 25 saves to move to 4-1 on the year.




Central Illinois moved to 4-2-1-0 on the year with a dominant 7-3 victory over Team USA's U17 team at Grossinger Motors Arena.


The Flying Aces jumped out to a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes of play, thanks to goals from Stephen HallidayMax Ellis and Sebastian Dirven.


Brett Berard's first USHL goal got the U17s on the board and made it a 3-1 game at 8:10 of the second, but Central Illinois picked up tallies from Colby Enns and Payton Matsui later in the period to extend their lead to 5-1 through 40 minutes.

The lead was extended to 7-1 six minutes into the third period. Lynden Breen made it 6-1 just 91 seconds into the final frame, and Dirven added his second goal of the game and third of the season four and a half minutes later.

Team USA added late goals from Ty Smilanic and Tanner Latsch to complete the scoring.


Five Flying Aces recorded multi-point performances in the victory - Breen (1G, 2A), Dirven (0G, 2A), Halliday (1G, 1A), Trevor Janicke (0G, 3A) and Tate Singleton (0G, 2A), and Ryan Snowden made 18 saves on 21 shots for his second straight 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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