Saturday, September 26, 2009

USHL Fall Classic Day 2 Wrap Up

Press Release

Seven more games were on tap at the USHL Fall Classic during the second day of action.

There was plenty of drama early on as the first games of the day both were decided late in the game.

After trading goals in the first two periods, the Des Moines Buccaneers got a late goal by D.J. Vandercook, his second in as many days, to earn a 3-2 win vs. the Youngstown Phantoms. Charles Williams made 37 saves in net for the Bucs to earn the victory. Click here for full boxscore.

The Green Bay Gamblers struck first, but the Lincoln Stars scored two goals in a span of 2:26 to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Anders Lee tied the game with a power play goal in the third period, sending the game to a shootout. Ludwig Karlsson scored for Green Bay in the extra session while goaltender Ryan McKay turned away all five Lincoln attempts to claim the 3-2 win. Lincoln goaltender Jared Coreau turned away two penalty shot attempts in the third period. Click here for full boxscore.

Offense was no problem for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders as seven different players recorded a goal in the 7-2 win vs. the Tri-City Storm. The RoughRiders tallied four goals in the second period, including three unassisted tallies. Radoslav Illo, a fifth-round selection (136th overall) by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2009 NHL Draft, registered a goal for the Storm. Click here for full boxscore.

After allowing the first goal of the game, the Sioux Falls Stampede scored the next six goals on their way to a 7-2 victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks. Josh Holmstrom netted a pair for the Stampede while Ryan Misiak (2a), Matt Farris (1g, 1a), George Michalke (2a), and Matt Bailey (1g, 1a) all had multi-point games. Nick Sorkin a goal for the second straight day for the Black Hawks. Click here for full boxscore.

In a rematch of the last season's Clark Cup Finals, the Fargo Force used a three-goal second period to propel themselves to a 5-3 victory over the Indiana Ice. A pair of late goals by the Ice wasn't enough to overcome big games by Corey Leivermann (1g, 2a) and Colten St. Clair (1g, 2a) who paced the Force with three points each. Fargo was 3-for-6 on the power play. Click here for full boxscore.

Chicago vs. Omaha. Final not reported. Click for boxscore.

Friday's main event featured the hometown Sioux City Musketeers hosting Team USA. The first period featured tight defense as the two teams combined for just 10 shots total. The Musketeers got on the board when Stephan Vigier scored late in the second period. Brandon Saad evened the game with an unassisted goal for Team USA in the third period. Vigier was the hero in the shootout scoring in the first round. Goaltender Matt Skoff turned each of the five Team USA shooters to give Sioux City the 2-1 victory. Click here for a full boxscore.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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