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USHL Recap: Saturday, Oct. 20

10/20/2018, 11:00pm CDT

Sioux Falls extends winning streak to four, Waterloo remains unbeaten in regulation, Central Illinois earns weekend sweep.

Andre Lee, Sioux Falls Stampede (courtesy Hickling Images)

Below is a recap of Saturday's USHL games:



The Waterloo Black Hawks remained unbeaten in regulation and moved to 3-0-3-1 on the season with a 4-2 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers.


Waterloo dominated the first period, outshooting Sioux City 12-5, but neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening frame. Sioux City opened the scoring a shade under two minutes into the second, thanks to Marcus Kallionkieli's eighth goal of the season. The Finnish forward is currently on a five-game goal scoring streak, with six goals in that stretch.


The Black Hawks responded with a pair of goals later in the frame to take a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes. Matt Koopman's fourth goal of the year evened the score at 7:56, and Brock Paul gave Waterloo the lead just 26 seconds before the end of the frame.


The teams traded shorthanded goals 56 seconds apart in the third period, with Matej Blumel and Calgary Flames prospect Martin Pospisil finding the back of the net on the penalty kill for their respective teams, making it a 3-2 game. Hank Sorensen added the insurance goal with just 58 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Waterloo. He also dished out an assist for a multi-point night.


Logan Stein has won three of his first four starts this season, moving to 3-0-1-0 with a 17-save performance.




A two-goal third period led the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders to a 3-1 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms at The Stable.


Despite 23 combined shots in the first period, neither team was able to find the back of the net. Jason Polin broke the scoreless tie 35 seconds into the second period, giving the RoughRiders a 1-0 lead, before Roman Kraemer evened the game at 1-1 just over two minutes later. 


It remained a 1-1 game until midway through the final frame, when Aidan McDonough's first USHL goal put Cedar Rapids up by a 2-1 margin. The RoughRiders were able to hang on for the remainder of the game, and Harrison Roy added an empty-net goal to secure the victory.


Blake Pietila backstopped Cedar Rapids to a victory with a 26-save performance. The Michigan Tech commit is now 4-1-1-0 on the season with a stellar 1.99 GAA and .933 SV%.




A two-goal performance from Travis Treloar helped the Chicago Steel to a 5-3 victory over the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL Game of the Week.


The Steel jumped out to a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes, courtesy of goals from Treloar and Cole Quisenberry.

Treloar extended his team's lead to 3-0 just under four minutes into the second period with his second goal of the game and fifth goal of the season. Green Bay got on the board and cut the deficit to two with an Austin Heidemann tally.

Both teams scored twice in the final frame, giving the Steel the aforementioned 5-3 victory. Uula Ruikka and Nick Abruzzese lit the lamp for Chicago, while Nicholas Zabaneh and Tyler Spott scored for Green Bay. 


Treloar and Ruikka (1G, 1A) recorded multi-point performances, and Justin Robbins stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced for his third win in his last five starts.




A two-point night from Andre Lee helped the Sioux Falls Stampede to 2-1 victory over the Madison Capitols at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, extending their winning streak to four games, the longest current streak in the USHL.


Lee scored the only goal for either side in the opening period, picking up his third of the year at 11:24. 

Madison's Noah Weber tied the game at 10:57 of the second period with his first USHL goal, but the Stampede responded quickly, as Ethan Phillips scored his first USHL goal just 19 seconds later to give his team a 2-1 lead.

The Stampede were able to hang on through a scoreless third period to earn the hard-fought 2-1 victory. Chad Veltri stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced to move to 3-1-0-1 on the season.




Tri-City scored twice in each period, including three power play goals, to earn a weekend split against the Des Moines Buccaneers with a 6-2 victory.


The Storm led 4-0 through 20 minutes of play. Colby Ambrosio scored once in each period, Elias Rosen added his first USHL goal in the opening frame and Connor McMenamin found the back of the net for the second time this season in the middle 20 minutes. 

The teams traded two goals each in the third period. The Buccaneers picked up goals from Sam Renlund and Matt Brown, his league-leading ninth goal of the season, while Tri-City saw tallies from Joseph Molenaar and Brad Morrissey.


Molenaar and Morrissey added a goal and assist each, and Jake Barczewski made 16 saves on 18 Buccaneers shots to move to 2-0 on the season.




The Central Illinois Flying Aces earned the weekend sweep of the U17s with a 3-1 victory.


Team USA scored the only goal of the first period, a Ty Smilanic tally, his second in as many games, with just 17 seconds remaining in the frame, to hold a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes.

Central Illinois scored the next three goals of the game to earn the victory. Philip Elgestal and Jeremy Davidson scored in the second period, and Davidson added an insurance goal late in the third period, his second goal of the game, to complete Central Illinois' weekend sweep.

Lynden Breen added a pair of assists for the Flying Aces, his fourth assist and fifth point of the weekend, and Mitchell Gibson moved to 2-1-1-0 on the year with an 18-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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