Austen Swankler, Sioux Falls Stampede (courtesy Brandon Anderson)
Below is a recap and highlights from Thursday's USHL game:
The Sioux Falls Stampede have now won seven of their last 10 games and moved into a tie for third place in the Western Conference standings with a 6-4 victory over the Central Illinois Flying Aces on Thursday night. The teams traded goals in the first period, with Philippe Lapointe and Andre Lee finding the back of the net for their respective clubs. Sioux Falls then took a 4-2 lead into the third period, courtesy of Brian Chambers, Artem Ivanyuzhenkov and Anthony Romano. Central Illinois stormed back early final frame, getting goals from Tate Singleton and Trevor Janicke in the first seven minutes of the period to tie the game at four, but Austen Swankler scored the eventual game-winning goal just 69 seconds later. Ryan Sullivan added an empty-net goal to secure the victory. Swankler added an assist for a two-point night, Brandon Tabakin dished out a pair of helpers and Alex Calvaruso made 15 saves to move to 11-2-0-0 on the season.
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.