TJ Walsh, Des Moines Buccaneers (courtesy Hickling Images)
Below is a recap of Tuesday's USHL games:
Sioux Falls overcame a 4-0 second period deficit against Des Moines, but the Buccaneers were able to hang on for a 5-4 overtime win over the Stampede at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. The visitors picked up a pair of Rylee St. Onge goals in the opening period, his seventh and eighth tallies of the year, to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Edmonton Oilers prospect Mike Kesselring extended the lead to 3-0 about six minutes into the third period and TJ Walsh made it a 4-0 game less than two minutes later. Sioux Falls' comeback started 1:53 after Walsh's goal, as Jared Westcott got his team on the board at 9:22 of the second, making it a 4-1 game. The Stampede cut their deficit to two late in the middle frame, with Brian Chambers' third goal of the season, turning it into a 4-2 game heading into the third period. 3:44 into the third period, Artem Ivanyzhenkov made it a 4-3 game before Austen Swankler scored his second goal in as many games to complete the comeback and eventually send the teams to overtime. 28 seconds into the extra frame, Walsh's second goal of the game gave Des Moines the victory. The Northeastern University commit added an assist for a three-point night, and Anaheim Ducks prospect Roman Durny made 19 saves to pick up his 11th victory of the season.
The Chicago Steel have now won eight straight games thanks to their 3-2 home victory over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The visitors scored the only goal of the first period, courtesy of Ethan Wolthers. A Gunnarwolfe Fontaine shorthanded tally 15:19 into the second tied the game for Chicago, but Cedar Rapids responded with Will Zmolek's second goal of the season, giving the RoughRiders a 2-1 lead heading into the third period. The Steel tied the game less than a minute into the third, courtesy of Fontaine's second of the game, and took the lead for good at the 5:44 mark of the final frame, as captain Matteo Pietroniro found the back of the net for the seventh time this season, eventually giving Chicago the 3-2 victory. Justin Robbins stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced for his sixth consecutive victory.
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.