Some close contests and some blowouts provided a very exciting weekend around the USHL.
Friday, October 12th.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS , LINCOLN STARS 
The Fighting Saints secured a hard fought battle of the Stars, 5-3. Brothers, Dylan and Ty Jackson combined for total of three goals. Chris Lipe and J.D. Greenway would earn Dubuque the last two goals and the victory. Josh Lopina, Logan Britt and forward Caleb Rule would all find the net for Lincoln, even securing the lead for a bit but the effort would ultimately fall short.
Matthew Thiessen blocked 28 of 31.
CHICAGO STEEL , MADISON CAPITOLS 
The Chicago Steel came out on a mission, solidly beating the Madison Capitols, 6-2. Uula Ruikka initiated scoring for the Steel on a shot from the point. Robert Mastrosimone and Cole Kodsi scored to bring Chicago’s lead to three. Mastrosimone, would tally another with a beautiful wraparound goal. Chaz Smedsrud would score the only two goals for Madison. Goals from Travis Treloar and Matteo Pietroniro (ENG), an empty-net tally, helped the Steel earn the victory.
Justin Robbins earned his second victory of the year between the pipes.
TRI-CITY STORM , DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
The Tri-City Storm remains undefeated with shutout over the Des Moines Buccaneers, in their home opener. Asa Kinnear, Ronnie Attard and Ruben Rafkin goals would give the Storm 3-0 win.
Isaiah Saville stopped all 25 shots he faced
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS , CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLYING ACES 
The Green Bay Gamblers earned their second victory with a big win over the Central Illinois Flying Aces, 6-2. Goals from Flying Ace forwards Tate Singleton and Joseph Dunlap would not be enough to contain the Gamblers onslaught. Nicholas Zabaneh, Noah Prokop, Ethan Frisch, Austin Heidemann, Gleb Murtazin and Paul Maust would all post Gambler goals.
Jake Begley played huge in net stopping 35 of 37 shots in the win.
OMAHA LANCERS , FARGO FORCE 
The defending champions Fargo Force fall in a tight one to the Omaha Lancers. Trading goals, the Lancers’ forward Jan Kern scored first only to be answered by the Force’s Connor Mayer. Then the Force snagged another with a Josh Nodler goal. Another quick goal by Mathieu De St. Phalle would help the Lancers even things at 2 each. In the final period, Lancers forward Logan Will would sink the winner.
Jake Kucharski got his fist Lancer win, stopping 22 of 24 shots.
Saturday, October 13th:
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS , CHICAGO STEEL 
After a big win the night before, the Chicago Steel would be dominated in 6-0 shutout loss to the undefeated Muskegon Lumberjacks. Jagger Joshua (with two goals), Nolan Sullivan, Danil Guschin, Mikael Hakkarainen and John Farinacci would total the Lumberjack scoring.
JuniorHockey.com’s USHL Goalie of the Week: Brandon Bussi proved his value once more, stopping all 24 pucks thrown his way.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE , FARGO FORCE  (SO)
The Sioux Falls Stampede came out the victor (4-3) as they held off a Fargo Force rally. Ryan Sullivan for Sioux Falls and Connor Mayer for Fargo opened the game with a goal each. The Stampede would gain the lead after goals from Matt Cameron and Artem Ivanyuzhenkov. Ben Meyers would score two consecutive goals to get the Force back in it and tie the game. Overtime would not produce a winner but two Stampede goals to one Force goal would give Sioux Falls the victory in the shootout.
Jaxon Stauber stopped 20 of the 23 regulation shots along with two of the three OT shots.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS , WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  (OT)
More free hockey was needed Saturday as the Gamblers took down the Black Hawks 5-4 in overtime. A crazy game would see goals from Emil Ohrvall, Griffin Ness, Connor Caponi and Vladislav Firstov for Waterloo along with a pair from Robert Herrman and another pair from Jesse Tucker for Green Bay. With each team having four goals, it would be Chris Girdoay’s goal in overtime to give the Gamblers the win.
Evan Fear made 37 saves on 41 shots in the win.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLYING ACES , MADISON CAPITOLS  (SO)
The Flying Aces edge the Madison Capitols 3-2 in a tight contest that led to a shootout. Central Illinois earned a pair of goals from Trevor Janicke and Lynden. Madison responded with two goals from Anthony Stark and Trey LaBarge. It would be Janicke’s shootout goal that would decide the game and seal the Central Illinois the victory.
Ryan Snowden stopped 48 shots in the win.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS , CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
In a dramatic come-from-behind rally the Sioux City Musketeers downed the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 6-3. Harrison Roy and Nathan Smith gave Cedar Rapids an early two goal lead. The Musketeers would then go on the attack and post four straight goals thanks to Josh Bohlin, Martin Pospisil and two from Parker Ford. Mitchell Miller would grab another goal to get the RoughRiders within one but they would get no closer. Bobby Brink and Matthew Miller (ENG) would give the Musketeers another two and secure the win.
Ben Kraws made 29 saves on 32 attempts.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS , OMAHA LANCERS 
Dubuque dominates Omaha in a 7-2 victory. Jan Kern and Nikita Krivokrasov would give the Lancers two goals. Those two goals were matched two Saints’ goals from Ty Jackson and Derek Contessa. After that it would be all Dubuque with five goals from Dylan Jackson, Mason McCormick, Matias Maccelli, Cooper Haar and Contessa with his second.
Matthew Thiessen made 28 saves on 30 shots.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS , LINCOLN STARS 
Des Moines remained persistant to defeat the Lincoln Stars 3-2. Matt Brown scored in the first, Kaden Bohlsen in the second and TJ Walsh scored in the third for the Bucs. Third period goals from Samuli Niinisaari and Phillip Lapointe, would not be enough for the Stars.
Roman Durny made 28 saves in the win.
Sunday, October 14th.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS , YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
Sunday featured only one game but it may have been the most exciting one of the weekend. Unbeaten thus far, the Muskegon Lumberjacks fell to an early 3-0 deficit courtesy of Youngstown Phantoms goals from Connor MacEachern and a pair from Craig Needham. Muskegon rallied in the second with three goals of their own from (Chicago Blackhawks prospect) Mikael Hakkarainen, Alex Gaffney and Matthew Staudacher. The third period would see the Phantoms regain the once again with a goal from Matthew DeMelis. The Lumberjacks would capitalize on goals from Cam McDonald and John Farinacci to regain the lead and win the game 5-4. Muskegon would go on to remain undefeated.
Still impressive, Brandon Bussi stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced to secure yet another Lumberjack win.