Welcome to the first installment of USHL Weekend Breakout. This column will serve as your weekly stop on JuniorHockey.com to get caught up on all of the past week’s USHL action.
Friday, October 5th:
TEAM USA (U17) , MADISON CAPITOLS 
The Under 17’s preserved their perfect record beating the Madison Capitols 4-2. Tanner Latsch, Eamon Powell, Landon Slaggert and Ty Smilanic each scored for the U17’s. Carson Bantle and Kristof Papp would give the Capitols their pair.
Noah Grannan made 26 saves in the victory.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS , YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  (SO)
The Lumberjacks would also remain perfect in their defeat of the Phantoms. Connor MacEachern of Youngstown and Jagger Joshua of Muskegon would each notch a goal that would eventually result in the game going to a shootout. Bobby Lynch scored the only shootout goal while Brandon Bussi stopped all the shootout attempts to give the Lumberjacks the win.
Bussi stopped 31 of 32.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS , CHICAGO STEEL 
The visiting Roughriders posted for goals in their shutout of the Steel. Joe Hankinson, Max Sasson, Liam Walsh and Ethan Wolthers all contributed goals in the effort for Cedar Rapids.
Blake Pietila stopped all 29 shots he faced.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS , WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  (SO)
Another unbeaten team remains flawless as the Bucs beat the Hawks in a narrow shootout victory. Waterloo goals by Vladislav Firstov and Hank Sorensen would be matched by tallies from TJ Walsh and Matt Brown of Des Moines. Walsh and Brown would be the only ones to score in the shootout to secure the Bucs win.
Roman Durny made 38 saves on 40 to earn his second win.
FARGO FORCE , SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE 
The defending champs of Fargo take down Sioux Falls in their banner raising home opener 3-1. Aaron Huglen , Josh Nodler and Ben Meyers all scored for the Force in the first period. The Stampede could only answer with a lone goal from Blake Bride in the second.
Ryan Bischel stopped 27 of the 28 shots.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS , GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Sioux City continued their winning ways over Green Bay with a 3-1 win. In their second straight win over the Gamblers Matthew Miller, Jordan Steinmetz and Marcus Kallionkieli would each find their way onto the Muskie score sheet. Only Noah Prokop could find the back of the net for the Gamblers.
Ben Kraws made 37 saves on 38 Green Bay.
OMAHA LANCERS , LINCOLN STARS  (OT)
Free hockey would be needed to settle the contest in the battle for Nebraska. The best rivalry in the USHL produced an instant classic on Friday night, with the Omaha Lancers knocking off their archrival 6-5 inside the Ice Box in a game filled with lead changes and exciting moments. Omaha's Jan Kern, Brian Silver, Tyler Carpenter, Logan Will and Jerry Harding would all earn goals against their Lincoln rivals. However, the Stars continued to answer back in the heated dogfight with goals from Zach Dubinsky, Ben Badalamenti, Declan Carlile and two from Steve Agrogianis. Knotted at five goals each, the teams proceeded to overtime where Michael Colella posted the game winner for the Lancers.
Lance Leonard stopped 19 of 23 through the first and second periods. Vinnie Purpura stopped seven of eight to finish the game.
Saturday, October 6th:
MADISON CAPITOLS , TEAM USA  (SO)
Revenge is a dish best served ice cold. Madison redeems themselves by handing the U17’s their first loss of the season in a shootout. The close battle would see Dylan Peterson of Team USA and Carson Bandle of the Capitols score the only goals of regulation. Madison's Calvin Pokorny scored the only goal in the shootout.
Madison’s Joseph Lamoreaux stopped 38 of the 39 shots he faced along with a shutout in the shootout.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS , YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
The Lumberjacks continued their dominance with 3-0 blowout of the Phantoms. Daniil Guschin, Nolan Sullivan and Hunter Skinner put up the only goals of the game, all for Muskegon.
Brandon Bussi played big in net all 33. The win was Bussi’s first shutout of his USHL career.
CHICAGO STEEL , GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Chicago Steel finally gain their first win of the season by beating the Green Bay Gamblers 5-2 at home. The first period was a back-and-forth affair, with five goals scored between the two teams. Green Bay's Robert Herrman, Gleb Muratzin each earned hard fought goals but it would not be nearly enough to stop Chicago. The Steel’s Matthew Barnaby, Travis Treloar, Cole Quisenberry, Adam Robbins and an empty net goal by Josh Groll would bring the Chicago side of the goal total to five.
Justin Robbins made 21 saves.
LINCOLN STARS , DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
The Stars hand the Bucs their first loss of the season 4-2. The Stars jumped in front early with goals from Shane Pinto and Hunter Carrick. After another goal from Josiah Slavin the Stars never looked back. Patrick Schmiedlin and Matt Brown pushed to close the deficit with a goal each but it would not be enough. Devlin McCabe would extend the lead to finish the game 4-2.
Jacob Mucitelli saved 24 of the 26 Buccaneer’s shots.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS , DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  (OT)
Cedar Rapids takes down Dubuque in extra innings with a 3-2 victory. Jason Polin scored first but was quickly answered by Willie Knierim for the Saints. Again, goals would be traded by Patrick Smyth of Dubuque and Max Sasson of Cedar Rapids. In OT, Polin would net the game winner and his second of the night.
Blake Pietila stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE , FARGO FORCE 
Sioux Falls gets a 5-4 win to split the weekend series. Tony Follmer, Artem Ivanyuzhenkov, Blake Bride, Brian Chamers and Jared Westcott totaled five goals for the Stampede. The Force responded with four goals of their own from Carter Randklev, responded with a 5-4 victory over the Force to earn a weekend road split with the defending Clark Cup champions. The teams traded goals in the opening period, with Carter Randklev, Ryan O’Reilly and a pair from Ben Meyers.
Chad Veltri stopped 25 of 29 shots beat the Force.
TRI-CITY STORM , OMAHA LANCERS 
Tri-City remains undefeated handing Omaha a 5-1 loss. Only Ryan Savage managed a goal for the Lancers. The rest of the story was all Storm Blais Richartz, Ian Murphy, Jake Crespi and Asa Kinnear all scoring. Joe Berg contributed an empty-net goal to finish the game.
Isaiah Saville made 19 saves on 20.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS , CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLYING ACES 
Another lop-sided contest would see the Black Hawks dominate the Flying Aces 5-1. A hat trick by Matej Blumel would account for three of goals. Brock Paul and Griffin Ness would complement Blumel’s production for the Hawks. Flying Ace Sebastian Dirven’s goal prevented the shutout.
Logan Stein made 34 saves on 35 shots in his first USHL win.
Sunday, October 7th:
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS , CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLYING ACES 
Still feeling the sting of their 5-1 defeat to Waterloo on Saturday, Central Illinois Flying Aces rallied to take charge of the Green Bay Gamblers in an authoritative 6-3 defeat. Flying Ace Bradley Marek would contribute 2 goals in the win. Teammates Jamie Armstrong, Cal Kiefiuk Tate Singleton and Payton Matsui extended the Flying Aces authority. Paul Maust also would gain a pair of goals for the Gamblers but he would only be joined by Sam Huff in the Gambler loss.
Mitchell Gibson (Washington Capitals prospect) blocked 37 out of 40 shots in the decisive victory.