Matt Miller, Sioux City Musketeers (courtesy Brandon Anderson)
Below is a recap of Thursday's USHL games:
Sioux City moved into fourth place in the Western Conference with a 3-1 road victory over Fargo at Scheels Arena. Sioux City scored the first three goals of the game, finding the back of the net once in each period, thanks to Nolan Krenzen's first USHL goal and tallies from Matthew Miller and Marcus Kallionkieli. AJ Drobot scored the lone goal for Fargo. Miller added an assist for a two-point night, and Ben Kraws, fresh off his appearance at the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, made 25 saves on 26 shots to move to 15-6-3-0 on the season.
A three-goal second period propelled the Des Moines Buccaneers to a 4-2 victory over the Lincoln Stars at the Ice Box. Following a scoreless first period, the newly acquired Michael Mancinelli opened the scoring in his first game in a Des Moines uniform 2:22 into period two. Mac Welsher doubled the Buccaneers lead three minutes later, before Caleb Rule and Sam Renlund found the back of the net for their respective teams, giving the visitors a 3-1 advantage heading into the third period. Reed Lebster's 19th goal of the season extended the Bucs lead to 4-1 before Shane Pinto completed the scoring with his team-leading 16th tally of the year. Welsher recorded a helper to earn a multi-point performance, and Anaheim Ducks prospect Roman Durny's 25-save effort gave him his eighth victory in his last 10 starts.
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.