SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – USHL teams came back from the Christmas break and quickly got into the action on Friday, Dec. 27.
Indiana 4, Youngstown 0 – The Ice moved into first place in the USHL Eastern Conference with two goals in the second period and twice more in the third for the shutout victory. Four Indiana players scored goals in the victory and Joshua Jacobs assisted on two red-lighters in the win. Jason Pawloski earned the shutout win with 24 saves. Sean Romeo stopped 23 of 27 shots for the Phantoms in the losing effort.
Waterloo 2, Chicago 1 – The Black Hawks took a 2-0 lead through two periods and prevailed, despite a last-minute goal by CJ Smith for the Steel. Waterloo outshot Chicago in the game 37-28. Brandon Montour’s power play goal in the second period became the game-winning tally for Waterloo.
Sioux City 4, Lincoln 2 – Sioux City scored twice in the third period to beat the Stars. Joe Snively and Brandon Hawkins scored a goal and added a pair of assists each for the Musketeers. Jared Thomas scored the game-winner on the power play early in the middle session. Michael Bitzer took the loss for Lincoln, despite making 33 saves. Kyle Hayton stopped 27 shots in getting the win in goal for the Musketeers.
Omaha 8, Tri-City 3 – The Lancers won the game with a four-goal first period of play, a lead which Omaha extended to 7-2 after 40 minutes of play. Jake Randolph and Tyler Vesel each collected five points, as Randolph scored twice and Vesel earned four assists. All three Tri-City goals came on the power play in seven tries; Omaha was four for eight with the man advantage. The Lancers moved four points ahead of second-place Waterloo in the USHL Western Conference.
Cedar Rapids 5, Des Moines 4 – Judd Peterson’s goal with 2:46 left in regulation was the difference for the RoughRiders against the Buccaneers. Dylan McLaughlin and Mark Auk each added a goal and two assists for the ‘Riders. Marcel Godbout’s two goals led the Bucs. Danny Tirone’s 31 saves led Cedar Rapids in net.
Green Bay 7, Dubuque 5 – In another high-scoring game, Green Bay got three goals in the third period to knock off the defending Clark Cup champions, despite being outshot by Dubuque 31-23. Connor Hurley’s first goal as a Gambler midway through the final session was the difference. Hurley was recently acquired in a trade with Muskegon. Dawson Cook’s two goals led the Green Bay offense. Alex Privitera led Dubuque with two goals and an assist.