Scroll |  A look back at Saturday’s eight games in the USHL

Scroll | A look back at Saturday’s eight games in the USHL

General | 02/25/2024 9:00:35 AM

USHL Saturday back | February 24, 2024

Des Moines 5, Sioux Falls 2

Ilya Protas scored the game-winning goal and had a three-point night, helping Des Moines to a 5-2 victory over Sioux Falls on Saturday.

The host Buccaneers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Aidan Van Rooyen and Liam Watkins. To Tyler Borgula 19th of the year cut into the deficit for the Stampede. Protas scored at 17:59 as Des Moines regained its two-goal lead. Noah Eyre got one back for the Stampede with 23 seconds left in the period and it was Des Moines 3, Sioux Falls 2 at the end of the opening 20 minutes.

Watkins got his second score of the game when he scored at 5:48 of the second and Andrew Clarke chipped in with a powerplay marker at 7:25 to make it a three-goal lead.

The two teams battled for the final 20 minutes without a score as the Bucs held on the rest of the way for the win.

Des Moines, which held a 28-23 advantage in shots on goal in the game, is 18-24-4-0 with the win, while Sioux Falls falls to 21-22-4-1.

Muskegon 7, Green Bay 4

A trio of goals and an assist from Sasha Boisvert powered Muskegon to a 7-4 road win at Green Bay.

Green Bay led 2-1 at the end of the first on goals from Rasmus Larsson and Julian Lutz. Food road Gridin scored for the Lumberjacks.

Xavier Veyo brought Muskegon even as he scored at 12:58 of the second and Green Bay led again at Jason Shaugabay goal a minute later. Cooper Pearson scored for the Lumberjacks at 14:18 and Libor German reported for Gamblers at 15:34. Boisvert’s first goal of the game came at 16:06 and after 40 minutes of play the score remained 4-4.

Boisvert scored twice in the third to complete the hat trick (second of his USHL career) and Justin Soloway also featured as Muskegon won for the seventh time in its last 10 games.

Julian Lutz had a goal and two assists for Green Bay to extend his scoring streak to a league-best 15 games (8-17-25).

Cedar Rapids 4, Waterloo 2

Cedar Rapids got goals from four different players and solid goaltending James Norton en route to a 4-2 away win at Waterloo.

Loa Milforce started things off for the RoughRiders with a power play goal at 4:55 of the first period and Cedar Rapids led 1-0 at the end of the first.

Riley Basin made it 2-0 at 13:26 of the second. Tyler Miller responded for the Black Hawks when he scored the go-ahead goal at 16:31.

Defender Will Felicio pulled Waterloo even at 7:50 of the third, but Cedar Rapids pulled away with a powerplay goal by Ben Mothersbaugh at 10:29 and an even strength marker from Armine Hadjibi at 18:32 to close out the win.

James Norton finished with 25 saves for the RoughRiders, picking up his fourth goal of the season.

Lincoln 3 USA Hockey NTDP 1

Blake Montgomery had a goal and an assist and Lucas Massey stopped all but one shot as Lincoln skated to a 3-1 road win over the USA Hockey NTDP U17s on Saturday.

To Ryan Spinale goal at 14:53 of the first was the only goal in the opening and when Jack Murtagh scored for NTDP at 13:58 of the second, the score remained 1-1. Montgomery lifted the Stars for the second time as he tallied 17 of his ownth goal of the season at 16:52 and at the end of 40 minutes of play Lincoln led by one.

Keaton Peters put the puck into an empty net at 19:49 of the third to close out the scoring in the game.

Massi turned away 26 of the 27 shots he faced in the win.

Tri-City 9, Omaha 2

Tri-City scored first and never trailed in beating Omaha in a 9-2 road win.

Zach Bade and Artemi Nizameev scored for Tri-City and Camron Van Sickle for Omaha in the first 20 minutes of play.

The Storm extended their lead to 6-1 with second period markers Trevor Connelly, Carmelo Crandall, Brand Harper and Ryan Smith.

Smith got his second of the game just after the start of the third period to make it 7-1. Will Elger scored an unassisted goal for Omaha at 4:51, but Tri-City closed out the win with Vladislav Lukashevich and AJ Lacroix scoring in the remaining 10 minutes of the game,

Tri-City, which held a 42-19 shots-on-goal advantage in the game, improved its record to 22-15-4-4 with the win.

Fargo 1, Sioux City 0

Anton Castro earned his third shutout of the season and fifth of his USHL career as Fargo won 1-0 on the road in Sioux City.

The win, which gives the Force a league-best 38-5-2-0 record on the season, is Fargo’s ninth in a row.

Harper Benz scored the only goal of the game when he scored at 1:57 of the second, scoring off a pass from Peter Caesar while standing at the top of the crease.

Castro, who is now 18-4-2-0 on the season, turned aside 20 shots in the contest. Samuel Urban had 26 saves for the Musketeers.

Youngstown 7, Chicago 1

Charlie Serrato hat trick helped Youngstown to a 7-1 win over Chicago.

The host Phantoms led 3-0 at the end of the first 20 minutes of play with goals from Christian Chuha, Ryan Botterill and Mikey Burchill.

Serrato’s first goal of the game came at 16:54 of the second and after two periods of action Youngstown led 4-0.

Jordan Brisson got the Steel on the board with a powerplay goal at 3:20 of the third, but the Phantoms closed out the win with back-to-back goals by Serrato and another from Luke Osborne.

Aidan Wright stopped 17 of 18 shots to earn the win in net for the Phantoms.

Madison 3, Dubuque 2

A pair of third period goals Andrei Kuzma helped Madison to a 3-2 win over Dubuque on Saturday.

Dubuque took the lead in the bottom of the first on a Charlie Eagle power play goal he scored at 15:21.

The Fighting Saints took a 2-0 lead at 11:08 of the second period Noah Powell scored his 20th goal of the season. To Austin Burnewick 29th of the year, which came in 17:52, cut the lead to one.

Kuzma took the hat off even when he scored on the power play at 15:42 of the third, and the Naperville, Ill., native scored the game-winning goal a minute and a half later with another power play goal at 17:20.

Carsen Musser had 22 saves for Capitol and Dylan Johnson finished with 20 saves for the Fighting Saints.

Upcoming games

Muskegon at Green Bay – 3:05 p.m. CST
Fargo at Sioux City – 3:05 p.m. CST
Madison at Cedar Rapids – 4:05 PM CST


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