The USHL opening weekend came to a close with two final matchups.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS: 4, YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS: 2
The Saints shutdown the Phantoms to gain their first win of the season. The Phantoms started the scoring with a shot from Liam Robertson finding the back of the net. James Sanchez responded for the Saints by capitalizing on a power play. The teams remained tied at a goal a-piece throughout the second. The scoring drought would end with a goal by Dubuque’s Derek Contessa. Riese Gaber would increase the Saints’ lead by scoring just five minutes later. Fighting to stay in the game, Youngstown’s Brett Murray would sink a goal to get his team within one. Another Contessa goal (on an empty net) would keep the Phantoms out of the win column.
Matthew Thiessen ultimately stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced to earn the win for Dubuque.
TEAM USA: 2, OMAHA LANCERS: 1
Team USA battled the Omaha Lancers in a tight contest to grab a narrow victory. A power play would give Cole Caufield the opportunity to net his second goal of the season for Team USA. Omaha would strike back with a tally from Tyler Carpenter. A frenzied third would yield a lone goal by Domenick Fensore. The goal would be enough to get USA the win.
Spencer Knight of Team USA stopped 15 of 16 shots in the victory.
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