USHL WEEKEND BREAKOUT 12/14-12/16 Junior Hockey NewsPublished: Monday, 17 Dec 2018
By: Michael Moore
Final scores from earlier this week:
Tuesday, Dec. 11th
FARGO FORCE , SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
Thursday, Dec. 13th
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE , DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  (OT)
TRI-CITY STORM , LINCOLN STARS 
Friday, Dec. 14th
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS , CHICAGO STEEL 
A hot Steel team loses some heat on Phantom ice. Mathieu De St. Phalle got Chicago up on the board first but Connor MacEachern would match the effort for Youngstown to close out the first. De St. Phalle matched his first period performance by netting another to begin the second. His teammate Matteo Pietroniro snagged another for the Steel less than three minutes later. The Phantoms answered with a pair from Gianfranco Cassaro and Ben Schoen. The Third period (again) began with Chicago getting the first two goals thanks to John Spetz and Adam Robbins. Youngstown responded with goals from Brett Murray and Craig Needham. Murray would score once more and the Phantoms would get the win.
Christian Stoever denied 29 of 34 shots in the victory
CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLYING ACES , DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  (SO)
Des Moines and Central Illinois go the distance in a tight tilt. Blanked through the first, Connor Senken would get the Bucs the first goal of the night just over six minutes into the second period. The Aces grabbed the lead by tallying two goals from Tate Singleton and Jeremy Davidson. Brady Meyer would even the score for Des Moines in the third. Overtime would yield no results and the teams went into a shootout. Lynden Breen and Singleton would out-number Reed Lebster’s lone shootout goal to secure the Aces win.
James Durham stopped 19 of 21 shots.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS , LINCOLN STARS 
Nine total goals accounted for the slugfest played out by the Hawks and Stars. Lincoln nabbed the first three goals via Josh Lopina, Josiah Slavin and Tristan Ashbrook. Waterloo responded in a big way by posting the next five goals courtesy of Hank Sorensen and two from Emil Öhrvall along with a pair from Vladislav Firstov. Samuli Niinisaari would score for the Stars but it would not be enough to catch the Black Hawks.
After taking over for Jared Moe, Logan Stein would stop 23 of 24 attempts for the win.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS , MADISON CAPITOLS 
The RoughRiders dominate in a 3-0 in a shutout of the Capitols. Nathan Smith, Ben Almquist and Jerry Harding contributed the Cedar Rapids goals.
Troy Kobryn was perfect in net. He stopped all 27 shots he faced.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS , DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  (SO)
Sioux City hangs on to defeat the Saints in a shootout. Verners Engle opened the scoring for the Saints. Jordan Steinmetz, Brock Baker and Ian Malcolmson (with two) accounted for next four goals; all for the Musketeers. James Sanchez along with a pair from Riese Gaber would keep Dubuque in the game. Viljami Nieminen would get the only shootout goal and win the game for Sioux City.
Ben Kraws blocked 36 of the shots thrown his way.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE , GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
A productive night for the Stampede provides an insurmountable lead in their 5-2 victory over the Gamblers. Blake Bride (2), Ethan Phillips, Artem Ivanyuzhenkov and Nick DeSantis put the Stampede up 5- nil before Robert Herrman and Chris Giroday scored the only goals for the Gamblers.
Alec Calvaruso was responsible for denying 29 of the Green Bay shots.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS , OMAHA LANCERS 
Bussi plays another big game and gets the Lumberjacks a shutout win. Igor Larionov opened the scoring with a lone goal in the first. Egor Afanasyev got another in the second and Danil Gushchin with Oliver MacDonald grabbed the final two goals in the third.
Flawless, Bussi stopped all 26 shots.
Saturday, Dec. 15th
CHICAGO STEEL , YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
The Steel right the ship coming off the previous night’s loss. Seven Steel players contributed in the victory courtesy of: Nick Abruzzese, Gunnarwofe Fontaine, Josh Groll, Travis Treloar, Adam Robbins, Owen Power and Neil Shea. Only Brett Murray and Trevor Kuntar managed to find the net for the Phantoms.
Reilly Herbst took the pipes and stopped 17 of the 19 Phantom shots.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS , CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLYING ACES 
The RoughRiders pick up their second win of the weekend. Jason Polin lead the way for Cedar Rapids with a hat trick. Aidan McDonough and Nathan Smith would build on Polin’s goals. Stephen Halliday and Philippe Lapointe managed to secure a pair of goals for the Aces in the effort.
Troy Kobryn made 22 saves in the win.
FARGO FORCE , TRI-CITY STORM 
Fargo dominated Tri-City in a 5-0 in an impressive shutout. Ben Meyers, Ross Mitton, Cedric Fiedler and two Hank Crone goals rounded out the Force’s attack.
Ryan Bischel was perfect blocking all 24 Storm shots.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS , LINCOLN STARS 
Stung in a shootout the night before, the Bucs redeem themselves by shutting out the Stars. Last week’s JuniorHockey.com Player of the Week: TJ Walsh, opened the scoring. Luke Manning and Mac Welsher (empty net) provided the other two Des Moines goals.
Roman Durny (JuniorHockey.com Goalie of the Week 12/10) stopped all 27 shots.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS , MADISON CAPITOLS 
Waterloo outlasts Madison in a 5-3 victory. Kyle Haskins post a hat trick for the Black Hawks Vladislav Firstov and Dane Montgomery also scored for Waterloo. Chase Brand, Chaz Smedsrud and Christian Berger provided a trio of goals for the Capitols. The win was head coach PK O'Handley's 700th career USHL regular season win (most in USHL history).
Logan Stein made 25 saves on 28 shots for the win.
OMAHA LANCERS , MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  (OT)
Three periods of hockey not only failed to provide a victory but it failed to provide a single goal. The only goal and game winner came 16 seconds into overtime courtesy of Omaha’s Harrison Roy.
Akira Schmid stopped all 32 shots for the win.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS , SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
In a close contest, the Saints beat the Muskies 2-1. Dubuque’ Logan Pietila scored first before Martin Pospisil evened the score for Sioux City. Matias Maccelli would put up the game winner for the Saints.
Matthew Thiessen blocked 23 of 24 shots against the Musketeers.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE , GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Sioux Falls total 11 goals for the weekend with the addition of the six then put up against Green Bay’s one goal. That goal was tallied by Austin Heidemann. The Stampede benefitted from Blake Bride, Jared Westcott, Brian Chambers (2) and Anthony Romano’s(2) production.
Alec Calvaruso denied 20 of the 21 Gamblers shots.
Sunday, Dec. 16th
CHICAGO STEEL , YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS [3
The Chicago Steel scored three unanswered goals in the second period on their way to a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon over the Youngstown Phantoms. The first goal came on the powerplay off the stick of Liam Robertson at the 6:23 mark before John Larkin scored his first of the season to put Chicago in an early 2-0 hole. Mathieu De St. Phalle then scored to get the Steel on the board. Brett Murray then answered for Youngstown with a powerplay goal 2:50 into the second period. The Steel answered back 36 seconds later with a Neil Shea tally. Ryan Doolin then tied the game between Chicago and Youngstown at three goals apiece. Steel’s Adam Robbins scored the eventual game-winner on the powerplay with 3:43 to play in the second.
Reilly Herbst rejected 23 of the 26 shots the Phantoms took.
TRI-CITY STORM , FARGO FORCE 
The Storm exacted their revenge against the Force for their lopsided defeat the night prior. Blais Richartz opened the evening’s scoring for Tri-City beating Fargo’s Ryan Bischel more than 15 minutes into the game. It would remain a back and forth battle until the third when Colton Kalezic would net another goal (and the eventual game winner) for the Storm. Three minutes later Ben Meyers would cut the force’s deficit. His effort would not be enough to catch the Storm.
Jake Barczewski stopped all but one of the 39 shots he faced in the victory.
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