United States Hockey League

Friday Rewind: Taking a Look at Last Night in the USHL

December 9, 2023 - United States Hockey League (USHL) News Release

Chicago 6, Green Bay 5 shootout

The Chicago Steel won for the third straight time when it claimed a 6-5 shootout win over Green Bay Friday.

The visiting Steel received first-period goals from Mick Thompson, Michael Hage and Lukas Sawchyn, while Blake Bechen replied for the Gamblers.

Ben Yurchuk's power play tally at 10:54 of the second made it 4-1 in favor of the visitors, and after Ben Poitras scored a power play marker at 15:35, the score stood Chicago 4, Green Bay 2 after two periods of play.

The Gamblers forced overtime by outscoring the Steel three to one in the third period. Libor Nemec had a pair of goals and Bechen got his second of the game, offsetting a Jordan Brisson goal for Chicago.

Chicago's Christian Manz and Green Bay's Adam Gajan held strong in goal for both teams in overtime and it took a shootout to decide the game. Charlie Major and Kolin Sisson both scored for Chicago as the Steel upped their record on the season to 8-12-1-1 with the victory.

Fargo 2, Lincoln 1

League-leading Fargo won its fifth straight game, claiming a 2-1 road win at Lincoln Friday night.

Following a scoreless opening period in which Lincoln owned a 14-11 shots on goal advantage, Harper Bentz put the Force up 1-0 at 5:36. Keaton Peters evened the score at 10:24 and after 40 minutes of action, the two teams entered the locker room tied at 1-1.

Lee Parks got the game-winner at 5:10 of the third. The goal is the ninth of the year for Parks and his second game-winner of the year.

Fargo, which upped its record to 19-2-1-0 with the win, received a 26-save effort from netminder Anton Castro. Lincoln is now 6-14-0-2 for 2023-24 as Yan Shostak finished with 35 stops in the contest.

Tri-City 4, Omaha 3

Tri-City took a 3-0 first-period lead and held on the rest of the way enroute to claiming 4-3 home win over Omaha Friday night.

Cameron Briere, Blake Steenerson and Ryan Smith tallied for the Storm in a 10-minute span between the six-minute mark and the 16-minute mark before Omaha's Rylan Brady's first goal as a USHLer, which came right before the end of the opening period, stopped the run.

Ryan Kusler tallied at 13:35 of the second to pull the Lancers within one, but Vladislav Lukashevich's goal at 17:01 allowed the Storm to regain their two-goal cushion. Justin Stupka scored at 19:31 to make it a one-goal game once again.

Tri-City outshot Omaha 8-4 in the third period, but neither team was able to put the puck into the net as the Storm held on the claim the win.

Tri-City upped its record to 12-8-1-1 on the season, with netminder Cameron Korpi credited with 24 saves in the game. Mikhail Yegorov had 21 stops for the Lancers who fell to 4-16-2-0 with the loss.

Dubuque 6, Des Moines 3

Lucas St. Louis scored twice and assisted on another and Juraj Pekarcik had four assists as Dubuque rallied for a 6-3 home win over Des Moines Friday.

Des Moines held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period and scored twice to open the second period, but Dubuque stormed back with six unanswered goals to get the win.

Paul Minnehan gave the Buccaneers a 1-0 lead with his eighth goal of the season coming at 2:50 of the first period. And when Braedon Ford and Owen Dyer scored at 3:51 and 8:20 of the second period, Des Moines held a 3-0 advantage. Nick Romeo, at 8:40, and Colin Frank, at 15:00, cut the lead to 3-2 before the end of the second as Dubuque mounted its comeback.

St. Louis tallied on the power play, knotting the score at 1:03 of the third and when Chase LaPinta scored 50 seconds later, the Fighting Saints led for the first time. St. Louis got another power play marker, scoring with the man advantage at 7:38 and Jake Sondreal's 12th goal of the season, which also came on the power play, closed out the scoring in the contest.

Dubuque, which leads the Eastern Conference with 33 points on its record of 15-5-1-2, got 28 saves from Kevin Reidler. Des Moines (9-10-4-0) goaltender Ethan Dahlmeir had 27 saves.

Youngstown 4, Cedar Rapids 3

Youngstown jumped out to a 4-1 first-period lead and then held on the rest of the way in skating to a 4-3 road win at Cedar Rapids Friday.

Brecken Smith opened the scoring for the Phantoms with his fourth goal of the season coming at 2:16. Landan Resendes responded for the RoughRiders at 9:21, but after Braiden Clark scored back-to-back goals at 10:12 and 15:34 and Luke Osborn adding another right before the end of the period, Youngstown entered the locker room riding a three-goal cushion.

Zack Sharp's second goal of the season came on the power play at 15:44 of the second as Cedar Rapids cut the deficit to two. Ryan Philbrick scored at 18:18 of the third to make it 4-3, but Youngstown was able to keep the RoughRiders off the scoresheet the rest of the way to claim the win.

Colin Winn had 17 saves for the Phantoms, while Rudy Guimond finished with 25 stops for Cedar Rapids.

Sioux City 6, Waterloo 4

Sioux City outscored Waterloo 5-0 in the first period enroute to a 6-4 home win Friday.

Kevin Fitzgerald, Tate Pritchard, Trey Jefferis, Sam Blanton and Sam Court tallied first-period goals for the Musketeers, who upped their record to 14-7-4-0 with the win.

Waterloo responded with goals from Teddy Townsend, Reid Morich and Jakub Altrichter to pull within two and after two periods of play the score stood 5-3.

Blanton got his second goal of the game (and the second of his USHL career) when he scored at 5:23 of the third and Waterloo's Adam Zlnka scored on the power play marker at 8:59 to make it 6-4, but that was as close as the Black Hawks would get.

Samuel Urban had 17 saves and the Musketeers upped their record to 14-7-4-0 on the season. Waterloo falls to 11-10-0-0 with the loss.

Sioux Falls 5, Muskegon 3

J.J. Wiebusch scored twice and had the game-winner as Sioux Falls overcame Muskegon 5-3 Friday.

Haden Reid started things off for the Stampede when he scored at 2:59 of the opening period. Sacha Boisvert got his 14th goal of the season for Muskegon when he evened the score at 11:53 and when Cooper Pierson tallied at 18:00, the visiting Lumberjacks held a 2-1 lead. Wiebusch scored at 19:15 and at the end of the first the score stood 2-2.

Grant Dillard scored the only goal of the second period and after 40 minutes of action, Sioux Falls held a 3-2 lead.

Patrick Raftery scored at 2:34 of the third as the Lumberjacks tied it up, but the Stampede closed out the win with a power play goal from Wiebusch at 13:33 and empty-netter from Tyler Borgula at 19:39.

Michael Chambre had 25 saves for Sioux Falls, while Lukas Swedin finished with 23 stops for the Lumberjacks.

Action in the USHL continues Saturday night with seven games on the docket.

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