Final scores from earlier this week:
Tuesday, Dec. 4th
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS , SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  (OT)
CHICAGO STEEL , CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
Friday, Dec. 7th
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS , TEAM USA (U18)  (OT)
An impressive performance brings the Phantoms a win in OT over the U18’s. The first three goals went to Youngstown courtesy of Connor MacEachern and a pair from Trevor Kuntar. Ryder Rolston would net the first of four goals putting the U18’s in the lead. Henry Thrun and two goals from Sean Farrell rounded out the credits for the other three goals. With a minute left Kuntar found the net once more to earn a hat trick and send the game into overtime. Joseph Abate would score the winner for Youngstown.
Christian Stoever stopped 33 of 37 shots.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS , MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
The Fighting Saints squeezed out a victory over the ever dominant Lumberjacks, 3-2. Nolan Sullivan scored the only goal of the first to put Muskegon on the board. Verners Egle and Logan Pietila would strike back in the second to give the lead to Dubuque. Jack Williams would tie the game for the ‘Jacks until Matias Maccelli scored for the Saints with only 1:11 left to play.
Matthew Thiessen denied 26 shots on 28 attempts in the victory.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS , CHICAGO STEEL 
The Steel’s eight game run comes to end as they fell to the Bucs Friday night, 3-1. Reed Lebster and Rylee St. Onge were first to put up goals for Des Moines. Chicago responded with a lone goal from Gunnarwolfe Fontaine. Lebster notched another (empty-net) goal to seal Chicago’s fate with a mere second left in the game.
Roman Durny made 28 saves on 29 shots.
FARGO FORCE , TRI-CITY STORM 
Another streak is ended when the Force held the Storm to two goals while putting up 4 of their own. Ben Meyers was the first to score for Fargo and Tri-City's Khristian Acosta was the first to respond. Meyer’s would double the Force lead by scoring another goal. Daniel Russell got Fargo up to a 3-1 lead before Joseph Molenaar would net a goal for Tri-City. Tyler Gratton would complete the evening’s scoring and give the Force the win.
Ryan Bischel stopped 19 of the 21 shots that came his way.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS , MADISON CAPITOLS 
A big night from the Black Hawks makes quick work of the Capitols. However, it was Madison that got things rolling with goals from Anthony Stark and Dan Petrick. The rest of the game was owned by Waterloo who accumulated six goals courtesy Xander Lamppa (with 2), Emil Ohrvall, Wyatt Schingoethe and Vladislav Firstov (with 2).
Jared Moe made 23 saves on 25 shots in the win.
LINCOLN STARS , SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  (OT)
The Stars outlast the Muskies in a tight tilt. Lincoln got on the board first with a Declan Carlile goal. Marcus Kallionkieli would even things up for Sioux City, late in the game. Overtime was decided by a Star’s goal from Josiah Slavin.
Tyler Johnson shut down 31 of 32 Muskie attempts.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS , CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  (SO)
Another tight affair played out between the Gamblers and the RoughRiders, Friday night. There were no goals until the third period of play. Green Gay’s Nicholas Zabaneh scored first and then27 seconds later; Andrei Bakanov tied it back up for Cedar Rapids. Overtime would not determine a victor so a shootout would be required. Noah Ganske and Dylan Wendt scored in the shootout for Green Bay and Nathan Smith scored for Cedar Rapids.
Evan Fear made 26 of 27 saves and stopped two of three in the shootout.
Saturday, Dec. 8th
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS , DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  (OT)
In an effort not to befall the same fate as the night prior, the Lumberjacks hold off the Saints 4-3. Muskegon got going early with an Egor Afanasyev tally. Matias Maccelli responded for Dubuque to keep the game in even check. The Saints would then pull ahead with a Derek Contessa goal. Danil Gushchin would swing the game back in the ‘Jacks favor with a pair of goals. Not to be outdone just yet, Logan Pietila tied the game for the Saints with 1:29 left on the clock. Igor Larionov notched the winner for Muskegon in overtime.
Brandon Bussi logged another impressive performance turning away 21-shots.
TRI-CITY STORM , FARGO FORCE 
In opposition to Fridays’ score, the Storm skate away with this one: 4-2. Tri-City grabbed the first two tallies courtesy of Calvin Dybicz and Cole McWard. Zach Faremouth broke through for the Force in the second period. Joseph Molenaar put a third in for Tri-City before Ben Meyers cut Fargo's deficit to 3-2. Benji Eckerle's empty net goal provided the insurance the Storm would need to secure their victory.
Jake Barczewski stopped 29 of 31 shots.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS , MADISON CAPITOLS 
The Gamblers destroy the Capitols in an 8-1 blowout. Friday night’s shootout victory may have been too close for comfort for Green Bay as they came out firing against their Madison rivals. Dylan Wendt, Paul Maust, Kyler Grundy, Nick Leitner, Austin Heidemann (2) and Gleb Murtazin (2) accounted for the Gamblers’ goals. Only Alex Mella would have any luck on the other end of the ice for the Capitols.
Jake Begley made 23 saves on 24 shot to solidify Green Bay’s triumph.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS , CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
With their second win of the weekend Waterloo shuts down Cedar Rapids, 5-2. A multiple player effort from Ryan Drkulec, Wyatt Schingoethe, Matt Koopman, Emil Ohrvall and Matt Cameron would get the job done for the Hawks. Conversely, Liam Walsh was the only scorer (with two) for the RoughRiders and that would be far from enough.
Jared Moe made 28 saves on 30 shots to get the win.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS , LINCOLN STARS 
Bucs got out in front and stayed there in their victory over the Stars. Goals from Casey Carreau and TJ Walsh would carry Des Moines through the first two periods. That lead would be extended in the third thanks to a second tally from Walsh. Fighting to remain in the game, Lincolns’ Justin Lee and Mason Klee posted a score each. The effort would die there and the Buccaneers would take the win.
Roman Durny blocked 28 of the 30 Stars shots he faced.
CHICAGO STEEL , OMAHA LANCERS 
Getting back to their winning ways, Chicago beats Omaha, 2-1. The Steel got themselves in a good position after Christian Sarlo and Mathieu De St. Phalle put the Steel up 2-0. Ryan Savage got the Lancers their only goal late in the contest.
Reilly Herbst stopped 26 of 27 shots.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE , SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
In a rare occurrence, the Musketeers drop their second tilt of the weekend against the Stampede. Aching from the overtime loss the night before, Sioux City buckles against a rested Sioux Falls squad. The Stampede got up first via Brian Chambers and Austen Swankler. A Jami Krannila goal would give Sioux Falls additional breathing room. Brock Baker would finally get the Musketeers on the board 4:27 into the third. A comeback could not be generated and Ryan Sullivan and Anthony Romano would both score to secure the Stampede win.
Jaxson Stauber made 33 saves on 34 shots for his Stampeders.
Sunday, Dec. 9th
OMAHA LANCERS , CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLYING ACES 
Omaha outlasts Central Illinois in a hard-fought bout. Goals from Central Illinois’ Jeremy Davidson and Bradley Marek would be met by Omaha’s Jaxon Nelson and Brendan Furry. Tied at two apiece going into the final period, Aleksi Peltonen would get the Lancers ahead. That was until the Aces responded with a goal from Philippe Lapointe. With only 51 seconds left in the game, Ryan Savage would score the game winning goal for Omaha.
Jake Kucharski stopped 31 of 34 shots.
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