Thomas Bordeleau, Team USA (courtesy USA Hockey)
Below is a recap and highlights from Thursday's USHL game:
Team USA's U17 team took down Western Conference-leading Tri-City with an entertaining 5-4 shootout victory over the Storm at USA Hockey Arena. Brendan Furry scored his second goal in three games for the visitors since coming over from Omaha, giving Tri-City a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. The U17s responded with the first three goals of the second period, courtesy of Luke Tuch and two from Thomas Bordeleau to take a 3-1 lead 8:46 into the middle frame, but the Storm responded with Colton Kalezic and Khristian Acosta goals to tie the game at three heading into the final 20 minutes. Colby Ambrosio put Tri-City up 4-3 1:54 into the third with his ninth goal of the year, but Hunter Strand tied the game once more at 12:21, sending the teams to overtime. Following a scoreless extra frame, the sides headed to a shootout, where Bordeleau and Matthew Beniers found the back of the net for the U17s, earning them the extra point and the 5-4 win. Drew Commesso stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced for his first career USHL 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.