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Rewind: Recapping Saturday's Action in the USHL

February 18, 2024 - United States Hockey League (USHL) News Release

Dubuque 3, Des Moines 2

The Dubuque Fighting Saints found themselves down a goal midway through the third period, but scored twice in the remaining 10 minutes to claim a 3-2 road win at Des Moines Saturday.

Erik Pahlsson's 19th goal of the year, which came at 5:13 of the second gave Dubuque a 1-0 lead. Des Moines forward Liam Watkins tied it with his 10th goal of the season coming at 2:00 of the third. The Lancers took a 2-1 lead at 10:04 when Nate Delladonna redirected Owen West's shot from the point past Dylan Johnson. Jake Sondreal, who leads the USHL in points, scored a shorthanded marker at 11:04 to make it 2-2 and the Fighting Saints retook the lead for good when Colin Frank's backhander found the back of the net at 17:55.

Johnson stopped 22 of 25 shots in backstopping Dubuque to its 28th win of the year. Jonathan Reinholdt had 23 saves for the Buccaneers.

Fargo 3, Omaha 2

Fargo became the first team in the USHL to clinch a playoff spot when it skated to a 3-2 home win over Omaha.

The win, the seventh in a row for the Force, gives Fargo a league-leading 36-5-2-0 record for the season.

Omaha took a 1-0 lead at 2:50 of the second on a Chris Kocsis goal. The Force, which owned a 44-17 shot advantage in the game, tied it on Zam Plante's power play goal at 9:02 and after Brian Lonergan scored at 12:06, held a 2-1 lead at the end of the second.

Brasen Boser scored at 0:17 of the third to make it 3-1. Will Elger's ninth goal of the season, which came at 16:43, got the Lancers within one, but the Force were able to hold on the rest of the way.

Anton Castro stopped 15 shots in upping his record to 17-4-2-0, while Mikhail Yegorov turned aside 41 of 44 shots for the Lancers.

Sioux City 3, Lincoln 2 overtime

Including the game-winner in overtime, Kaden Shahan's two goals helped lift Sioux City to a 3-2 win Saturday.

Sam Court scored the first goal of the game at 11:27 of the first as the host Musketeers took a 1-0 lead.

Keaton Peters tallied a power play marker early in the second and the two teams stood tied 1-1 at the end of the second.

Shahan scored a power play goal before the third period was a minute old, but Lincoln's Jack Pechar's 14th of the year, which came at 6:34, tied it again and it was 2-2 at the end of three periods of play.

Shahan ended it at 4:48 of the extra session when he went in on a breakaway and snapped a shot past Lucas Massie low on the glove side. Shahan's 31 goals on the season are the most by any player in the USHL.

Dylan Silverstein stopped 28 shots for Sioux City, while Massie had 18 saves for the Stars, who saw their winning streak end at five games.

Green Bay 6, Sioux Falls 1

Gavin Moffatt stopped 32 shots in backstopping Green Bay to a 6-1 road win at Sioux Falls Saturday.

Sioux Falls scored the game's first goal when Tyler Borgula lit the lamp at 4:49 of the opening period, but Green Bay reeled off six straight goals from six different players to get the victory.

Rasmus Larsson and James Duerr had first-period markers and when Mike DeAngelo, Ryan Humphrey and Jason Shaugabay had goals as the Gamblers built a 5-1 second-period edge.

Julian Lutz's power play goal in the third period closed out the scoring in the contest.

Moffatt's 32 saves match his career single-game high and boosts his record on the season to 7-3-2-1.

The Gamblers are 25-10-4-2 on the season with the win, while Sioux Falls stands 21-21-3-1.

Muskegon vs. USA Hockey NTDP postponed

Goals from Matvei Gridin, Ty Henricks and Joe Connor gave Muskegon a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes of action in its game with USA Hockey NTDP, but an ice maintenance issue forced the game to be postponed.

A makeup date has not been announced.

Chicago 5, Tri-City 3

Louka Cloutier stopped 39 shots as Chicago picked up a 5-3 home win over Tri-City.

The score stood 2-2 after two with Chicago getting goals from Michael Emerson and Chris Able, while Vladislav Lukashevich and Trevor Connelly replied for Tri-City.

Defenseman Michael Hagens gave Chicago its second lead at 4:44 of the second, but Connelly, who now owns a 13-game point-scoring streak, tallied his 20th goal of the season at 16:40. The Steel went in front on a Ben Yurchuk marker at 18:58.

Tobias Ohman gave Chicago a two-goal cushion at 17:03 of the third and that's how the game ended.

Cloutier, who has won seven of his last 11 appearances, has now had at least 39 saves in a game five times this year.

Youngstown 4, Madison 2

Youngstown rallied from a 2-0 deficit to claim a 4-2 road win at Madison Saturday.

Max Nagel and Aiden Long staked the host Capitals to a two-goal first period lead, but the visiting Phantoms responded with one goal in the second and another three in the third to pull away for their first win in four games.

Grant Young got the ball rolling when he scored at 2:01 of the middle frame and then tied it at 8:43 of the third. Young, a Harvard commit, has now scored goals in five straight games and had eight goals during that time. Evan Jardine followed with his second goal of the season coming at 11:05 and Tory Pitner added an insurance marker when he scored into an empty net at 19:15.

Aiden Wright had 22 saves for the Phantoms and Carsen Musser finished with 18 saves for the Caps.

Cedar Rapids 3, Waterloo 2

Cedar Rapids received goals from three different players to claim a 3-2 home win over Waterloo.

The two teams traded first-period goals with Drew Stewart lighting the lamp for the RoughRiders and Teddy Townsend scoring for the Black Hawks.

Joel Kjellberg and Jack Larrigan made it a 3-1 Cedar Rapids goals in the second period.

Griffin Erdman's 14th of the year, which came at 0:21 of the third period, pulled the Black Hawks within one, but Cedar Rapids was able to hold on the rest of the way.

Rudy Guimond, who stopped Reid Morich's first-period penalty shot, finished with 22 saves for the RoughRiders. Jack Spicer had 14 saves for Waterloo.

The win is the 782nd career victory for Cedar Rapids head coach Mark Carlson and puts him one away from the USHL record of 783 set by P.K. O'Handley, who coached the North Iowa Huskies from 1991-98 and Waterloo Black Hawks from 2002-21.

Upcoming Games


Cedar Rapids at Des Moines - 3 :00 p.m. CST

Muskegon at USA Hockey NTDP - 4:00 p.m. EST

Youngstown at Waterloo - 3:05 p.m. CST

Madison at Chicago - 3:05 p.m. CST

Dubuque at Lincoln - 5:05 p.m. CST

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