The Lancers started off their 25th anniversary season on high note by spoiling the debut of the Fighting Saints. Omaha native Nick Oddo got the Lancers on the board in the first period with a shorthanded goal. Dubuque came alive in the second period with tallies by John Gaudreau and Zemgus Girgensons. The Saints appeared to be headed to the second intermission with a one-goal lead until Lancers forward Justin Crandall scored with just 47 seconds remaining in the period. Crandall again had late heroics in the third period scoring his second of the night with under two minutes to play. Christopher Holden made 24 saves for Omaha to earn his first USHL victory while Saints netminder Jackson Teichroeb made 34 stops in the loss.
Lincoln Stars 4 @ Tri-City Storm 3 (SO)
It was a back and forth contest that needed more than 60 minutes to decide. Tucker Brockett started the scoring for the home club just under six minutes into the contest but John McCarron pulled the Stars back to even. Cody Murphy had a second-period power play goal for the Storm, but Lincoln got goals from Andrew Schmit and Jake Lynes to take the lead. Tri-City got a late power play opportunity and Cass Mappin found the net to tie the game and send it to overtime. Following a scoreless five minutes, the clubs went to a shootout. Eric Scheid was the only player to score in the shootout and as Kevin Murdock stopped all five shooters he faced to give the Stars a victory and spoil the Storm home opener. Murdock made 38 saves through regulation and the overtime period.
Youngstown Phantoms 3 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 2 (OT)
After a scoreless first two periods where neither goaltender budged, things really heated up in the third as the teams combined for four goals in the frame. Cody Strang started things off for the Phantoms with a power play tally three minutes into the period. The Bucs took control when Dajon Mingo scored his first USHL goal and Cal Decowski put Des Moines up 2-1. Ty Loney evened the game with less than two minutes to play in the period and send the game into extra time. It didn't take long into the overtime session for the Phantoms to claim victory as Jiri Sekac scored 1:20 into the extra period, his third point of the night (1g, 2a). Youngstown goaltender Matthew O'Connor earned his first USHL win making 29 saves in net.
Fargo Force 2 @ Chicago Steel 4
The teams traded first-period goals as Darik Angeli tallied for the Steel and Joe Rehkamp evened the game six minutes later with his first of the season for the Force. The scoring would stop until the third period when defenseman Brian Cooper gave Fargo a 2-1 advantage. Danny Mattson converted on a power play opportunity to once again even the contest. Cole Gunner got the best of his old club when he scored with less than four minutes remaining to give Chicago the lead. Ian Young sealed the game with empty net goal in the final minute. Goaltender Connor Wilson made 26 saves to earn the victory for the Steel.