Scores from earlier in the week:
Monday, Dec. 31st
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS , GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE , LINCOLN STARS 
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS , MADISON CAPITOLS 
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS , OMAHA LANCERS  (OT)
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS , CHICAGO STEEL 
Thursday, Jan. 3rd
TEAM USA (U17) , TRI-CITY STORM  (SO)
Friday, Jan. 4th
TEAM USA (U17) , TRI-CITY STORM 
Tri-City topples Team USA in a lopsided affair. Connor McMenamin and Ronnie Attard opened the scoring for the Storm in the first. Matthew Beniers scored the U17’s first goal to open the second. The rest of the second was all Tri-City with Colton Kalezic, McMenamin (with his second) and Colby Ambrosio all finding the net. Kalezic scored again in the third before Team USA’s Brett Berard got the U17’s their second and last goal of the game. Michael Colella and Joseph Molenaar rounded out the scoring for the Storm.
Isaiah Saville stopped 29 of 31 shots
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS , SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
Jack Malone steals the show with a hat trick for the Phantoms as Youngstown takes down Sioux City. The Musketeers scored in the first via Marcus Kallionkieli and in the third via Parker Ford and another from Kallionkieli. Malone’s second period heroics was added to by goals from Brett Murray and Craig Needham.
Christian Stoever was credited with the win stopping 16 of 19 shots he faced.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS , DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
Bucs double down on the Saints in their Friday night victory. Patrick Schmiedlin of Des Moines and Cooper Haar of Dubuque traded goals in the first. In the second, James Sanchez scored for the Saints but he was outdone by the goals contributed by Kaden Bohlsen, Rylee St. Onge and Jonny Russell for the Buccaneers. Verners Egle managed another Dubuque tally, though flanked by goals Des Moines’ Mac Welsher and Kaden Bohlsen.
James Durham picked up the win denying 24 of the 27 shots he faced.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS , SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE 
Waterloo came to play Friday posting the first four goals of the night, courtesy of Joe Cassetti (with two), Solag Bakich and James Marooney. Sioux Falls closed out the second with three goals of their own thanks to a pair from Brian Chambers and a tally from Cade Borchardt. Matej Blümel would finish the scoring for the Black Hawks with two goals but not before Chambers completed his hat trick for the Stampede.
Jared Moe stopped 31 of 35.
FARGO FORCE , GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Green Bay concedes a solid first to fall to Fargo 5-3. Bonito Posa scored the first and last goals of the first period for the Gamblers. The Force’s Ross Mitton managed to squeeze a goal between Posa’s tallies. The second would see Fargo take control of the game with goals Hank Crone and Mitton again. The Force carried that momentum into the third where Aj Drobot and Ben Meyers would both score. Chris Giroday got the final Gambler goal before the game’s end.
Ryan Bischel won the game stopping 18 out of 21 attempts.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS , MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
It was RoughRiders through the first two periods of action Friday. Nate Hanley, Nathan Smith, Jason Polin and Max Sasson all contributed goals. Only Muskegon’s Egor Afanasyev found the net late in the third to prevent the shutout.
Blake Pietila stopped all but one in the win.
CHICAGO STEEL , MADISON CAPITOLS 
The Chicago Steel scored early and often against the Madison Capitols Friday night, 7-1. Nick Abruzzese opened the scoring with his second powerplay goal of the season. Robert Mastrosimone scored a goal just eight seconds into the second period. Chicago tripled its lead when Travis Treloar scored at the 5:51 mark of the second. Late in the second period, Matthew Sutton scored another Chicago goal. Early in the third, the Steel extended the lead to 5-0 courtesy of Christian Sarlo. Madison was able to get on the board midway through the final period when forward Reid Pabich scored the Capitols lone goal. Chicago got the goal back 3:15 later when Josh Groll added a goal and later Abruzzese added his second goal of the night to top the scoring.
The game proved to be a 21-save performance from Reilly Herbst.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLYING ACES , OMAHA LANCERS 
Aces hold the Lancers to one goal in their victory. Jeremy Davidson opened the scoring for Central Illinois in the first. He would be matched by teammate Chad Hillebrand in the second. 16 minutes into the third, Tyler Carpenter finally got Omaha on the board. Nearly two minutes later Sebastian Dirven drove home one last Flying Ace goal for good measure.
Mitchell Gibson denied 34 of 35 shots.
Saturday, Dec. 5th
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS , SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  (OT)
Phantoms take care of business against the Muskies in overtime on Saturday. Youngstown’s Nikolai Jensen and Sioux City’s Albin Nilsson traded goals to open the first. The Musketeers took the next two goals in the second courtesy of Parker Ford and Brady Smith. Stretching into the third, the Phantoms would level up with two goals from Connor MacEachern. It only took 40 seconds into overtime for Youngstown’s Steven Holtz to notch the game winner.
Chad Veltri stopped 21 of 24 shots.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE , DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
It was a dogfight between the Stampede and the Bucs in a close one. Sioux Falls opened the scoring with a Ryan Johnson goal. Des Moines’ Kaden Bohlsen returned the favor five minutes later. The second would see Max Crozier recapture the Stampede lead. That lead would dissolve 3:18 into the third thanks to a Scooter Brickey goal for the Buccaneers. Anthony Romano would tally the game winner for Sioux Falls less than two minutes later.
Alec Calvaruso blocked 23 of the 25 shots he faced in the victory.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS , OMAHA LANCERS  (SO)
A low scoring affair between Saints and Lancers would require a shootout to determine a victor. Aleksi Peltonen for Omaha and Riese Gaber for Dubuque were the only goals of regulation and overtime. Patrick Smyth scored the only goal in the shootout to secure the win.
Aaron Randazzo let in only one of the 26 shots he faced.
FARGO FORCE , GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Fargo doubles Green Bay’s production to secure the win. Brendan Brisson of the Gamblers and Christoffer Bjork of the Force scored in the first. Fargo’s AJ Drobot and Ben Meyers’ goals out-numbered Green Bay’s Braden Costello’s goal by two in the second. Mason Salquist scored Fargo’s only goal of the third.
Matthew Sankner stopped 20 of22 in the win.
LINCOLN STARS , WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Declan Carlile, Caleb Rule, Tristan Ashbrook, Shane Pinto, Max Ellis, Josiah Slavin and Devlin McCabe all scored in Lincoln’s defeat of Waterloo. The Black Hawks put together only four goals in response from Matej Blümel (2), Wyatt Schingoethe and Kyle Haskins.
Tyler Johnson stopped 30 shots in the win.
TRI-CITY STORM , MADISON CAPITOLS 
Tri-City makes up for their loss earlier in the week while Madison loses another. The Capitols scored first via Chad Smedsrud and the Storm answered with goals from Colton Kalezic and Ronnie Attard. The Caps scored again via Alex Mella and again the Storm answered with a pair from Zac Jones and another from Attard.
Jake Barczewski secured the win stopping 27 of 29.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS , CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  (SO)
Muskegon and Cedar Rapids go the distance in a close contest. Grant Silianoff got Cedar Rapids on the board first. Bobby Lynch followed up for Muskegon before Jasin Polin regained the lead for Cedar Rapids. The second period found Mikael Hakkarainen and Brock Bremer posting goals for the Lumberjacks first. The RoughRiders’ Aidan McDonough tied the game with the last goal of regulation at 5:27 in the second. Left to decide things in a shootout, Alex Yakovenko delivered the only goal and the Muskegon win.
Brandon Bussi made 25 saves on 28 shots.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLYING ACES , CHICAGO STEEL 
The Central Illinois Flying Aces edge past the Chicago Steel, 6 to 4 in a high-scoring affair. Trevor Janicke one-timed the puck into an open net to get the Aces on the board first. Robert Mastrosimone then scored for Chicago with just three seconds remaining in the first. 3:24 into the second period Cal Kiefiuk shot the puck past the netminder to break the tie for Central Illinois. Chicago tied the game after Christian Sarlo put in a rebound at 5:02 in the second. John Spetz scored and Chicago took their first lead of the game 11:08 into the second. With less than a minute to go in the second Tate Singleton tied the game again for Central Illinois. 3:11 into the third, Singleton scored his second of the night and a 4-3 lead. Philippe Lapointe scored for the Aces On the power play in the third. With the net empty, the Steel’s Neil Shea one-timed the puck into the back of the net. Chicago again pulled their goaltender, but Kiefiuk forced a turnover and scored an empty net goal.
Gibson stopped 23 of 27 shots in the win.
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