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Rewind: Taking a Look Back at Last Night's Action in the USHL

April 6, 2024 - United States Hockey League (USHL) News Release

Youngstown 4, Green Bay 2

Ryan Botterill had a goal and two assists as Youngstown claimed a 4-2 home win over Green Bay Friday.

Blake Bechen's power play marker gave the Gamblers a 1-0 first-period lead, but after Coleson Hanrahan scored his first USHL goal and Botterill converted on a power play chance, the Phantoms held a 2-1 advantage by the end of the opening period.

Mikey DeAngelo's 23rd goal of the season made it 2-2 at 5:25 of the second frame, but Brecken Smith scored at 12:12 as Youngstown regained its one-goal lead.

Nathan Lewis tallied midway through the final period for the last goal of the game as the Phantoms won for the second time in their last four outings.

USA Hockey NTDP U18s 5, Muskegon 3

Teddy Stiga scored twice and assisted on another in leading the USA Hockey NTDP U18s to a 5-3 road win at Muskegon.

The U18s received second-period goals from Kamil Bednarik and James Hagens and Muskegon responded in kind with a pair of Joe Connor tallies and after 40 minutes, the score stood 2-2.

The U18s took control of the game in the first six minutes of the third on a pair of goals from Stiga and another Austin Baker. Matvei Gridin, who leads the USHL in scoring and had three points for Muskegon in the contest, scored a power-play goal at 15:18 to close out the scoring in the game.

Fargo 4, Des Moines 1

League-leading Fargo scored twice in the opening period and never trailed in skating to a 4-1 road win at Des Moines Friday night.

Jake Fisher's 23rd goal of the season and Leo Gruba's 22nd made it a 2-0 Force lead after the opening 20 minutes of action.

Ashton Dahm replied for Des Moines at 6:18 of the second to make it 2-1.

Fargo closed out the win with third-period goals from Lee Parks and Harper Bentz.

Hampton Slukynsky had 13 saves on 14 shots in upping his record for the year to 27-3-0-0 and the Force, who extended their winning streak to five games with the victory, now stand 48-9-2-0 for the season. Its 48 wins has tied the USHL record for wins in a season (Des Moines won the Anderson Cup with 48 victories in 1998-99).

Chicago 4, Dubuque 3 shootout

Chicago and Dubuque took turns sharing the lead before a shootout ended with the host Steel claiming a 4-3 win.

Thor Byfuglien's goal halfway through first period gave Chicago the game's first lead, but after Beckett Hendrickson scored at 17:46, it was a 1-1 game at the end of the first.

Brady Anderson put the Steel up 2-1 at 7:38 of the second and that's how the score stood after 40 minutes of play.

Gavin Cornforth tied it at 2:02 of the third and when Noah Powell struck for his league-leading 40th goal of the season at 14:12, the Fighting Saints led for the first time. Michael Emerson evened the score at 18:42 and at the end of regulation it was 3-3.

Following a scoreless overtime, Quentin Sigurdson stopped three Dubuque shootout shots and Hunter Hady scored the lone goal for Chicago to end it.

Now 27-25-3-4 on the season, the Steel clinched a spot in the 2024 Clark Cup Playoffs with the victory.

Lincoln 6, Sioux City 3

Blake Montgomery scored twice and had the game-winner as Lincoln gained a 6-3 home win over Sioux City Friday.

Goals from Jared Mangen and Layne Loomer staked the host Stars to a 2-0 first-period lead, but Kaden Shahan scored his 38th goal of the season before the end of the period to cut the deficit to one.

Brian Nicholas brought Sioux City even when he scored at 4:16 of the second, but Montgomery scored twice, with his 21st of the season coming at 7:53 and his 22nd at 11:43, and at the end of 40 minutes it was a 4-2 Lincoln lead.

Justin Mexico's goal at 2:40 of the third put the Stars up 5-2 and Colin Kessler's goal at 8:15 pulled the Musketeers within two, but a Matt Maltais empty-net goal with a minute left closed out the scoring in the game.

Lincoln has now won its last three games.

Madison 5, USA Hockey NTDP U17s 2

Madison jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead and never trailed in claiming a 5-2 home victory over the USA Hockey NTDP U17s Friday.

The Capitols owned a 13-11 shots on goal advantage and Chris Delaney, Diego Johnson and Andrew Kuzma all found the back of the net in the first 20 minutes of the game.

James Hong scored on a deflection at 6:04 of the second as the lead grew to 4-0. Conrad Fondrk got the U17s on the board at 17:22 and at the end of the second, the U17s found themselves trailing by three goals.

Cullen Potter scored at 6:10 of the third to make it a 4-2 deficit, but Jack Brandt's goal into an empty net at 18:32 sealed the win for Madison.

Patrik Berzins had 25 saves for the Caps, while Patrick Quinlan turned aside 29 shots for the U17s.

Sioux Falls 6, Tr-City 5 shootout

Sioux Falls scored three unanswered third-period goals in ultimately claiming a 6-5 shootout win at Tri-City Friday.

The Storm held a 2-0 lead at the end of the first on goals from Trevor Connelly and Vsevolod Logvin.

It became a 3-0 lead when Seth Constance scored at the 0:39 mark of the second. J.J. Wiebusch and Chris Pelosi brought the Stampede within one with goals at 5:32 and 9:43, but when Cooper Simpson and Connelly responded before the end of the period, it was Tri-City that headed into the locker room owning a 5-2 lead.

Sioux Falls rallied with third-period goals from Kazimier Sobieski, Wiebusch and John McNelis, all which came in the first ten minutes of the final frame.

Then after a scoreless overtime period, Christian Manz stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout and Chris Pelosi scored as the Stampede claimed the win.

Manz finished with 30 saves, while Cameron Korpi had 28 for the Storm.

Waterloo 7, Omaha 1

John Mustard scored twice and assisted on two others as Waterloo overcame Omaha 7-1 Friday.

Reid Morich, Gavin Lindberg, Mustard and Griffin Erdman gave the Black Hawks a 4-0 first-period lead.

It became a 5-0 lead when Gavyn Thoreson tallied early in the second period.

Defenseman David Posma's first USHL goal got the visiting Lancers on the board at 3:38 of the third period, but Waterloo closed out the win with goals from Mustard at 13:26 and Teddy Townsend at 15:07.

Calvin Vachon, who now stands 21-11-0-0 on the season, stopped 14 of 15 shots to get the win for Waterloo.

Upcoming Games

Saturday. April 6

Fargo at Des Moines - 6:00 PM CDT

Muskegon at USA Hockey NTDP - 7:00 PM EDT

Omaha at Lincoln - 6:05 PM CDT

Sioux Falls at Tri-City - 6:05 PM CDT

Cedar Rapids at Waterloo - 6:05 PM CDT

Green Bay at Youngstown - 7:05 PM EDT

Chicago at Dubuque - 7:05 PM CDT

USA Hockey NTDP at Madison - 7:05 PM CDT

Sunday, April 7

Sioux Falls at Sioux City - 3:05 PM CDT

Madison at Cedar Rapids - 4:05 PM CDT

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