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VIDEO: Best of the USHL as Miettinen goes 2-0 to capitalize for the Force, Tri-City Storm shutout

Hat tricks, shutouts and more. Take a look at the best of the action from week four around the USHL.

Bret Link in the face-off circle waiting for the puck to drop.
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CHICAGO — Week four of the USHL season is a wrap, but there were a number of goals and saves made over the weekend that we're still talking about. Here are the top goals and saves from around the league.

Boston Buckberger had the game winner as the Lincoln Stars topped the Des Moines Buccaneers 4-3 on Saturday. This was Buckberger's second goal of the season and first goal scored on home ice.

Ryan Conmy scored a shorthanded goal from Sioux City's defensive end on Friday night. The Musketeers would go on to a 5-2 win over the Tri-City Storm, their first win of the season.

In a game taken to overtime, James Hagens of the NTDP 17s netted the game-winner for the 4-3 victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints, but not only was it the game-winner, it was Hagen's third goal of the night to secure the hat trick.

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Counting down 25 of the top NTDP and USHL draft-eligible prospects that should hear their name called later this month in Nashville
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Verner Miettinen goes two-on-0 and capitalized for the Fargo Force on a pass from Bret Link. This was Miettinen's second goal of the night in their Thursday night matchup against the Tri-City Storm, where the Force dominated to a 4-0 win.


We have to give credit where credit is due, and Jacob Fowler was phenomenal between the pipes for the Youngstown Phantoms on Saturday night, earning his third career shutout and making 33 stops in the Phantoms 6-0 win over the Chicago Steel. Take a look at this performance as Fowler denies Macklin Celebrini and Nick Moldenhauer a goal.

Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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