2023-24 USHL Power Rankings

USHL Power Rankings: Two Shutouts Keep Fargo In Top Spot

Writer Ryan Sikes provides his view on the league every other week with our USHL Power Rankings.

Welcome to FloHockey's bi-monthly power rankings for the USHL. Find out which of the league’s 16 teams rise and fall over the course of the long regular season.

1. Fargo Force / Last Ranking: 1

Record: 16-2-1-0

Fargo remains atop our power rankings after two convincing shutout wins against Chicago last weekend.

Zam Plante (PIT) tallied a hat trick Friday against his old team in a span of about four and a half minutes in the third period.

Hampton Slukynsky (LAK) stopped a combined 51 shots to pick up his second and third shutouts of the season.

2. Dubuque Fighting Saints / Last Ranking: 2

Record: 14-3-1-2

The Saints are keeping the pressure on the Force for the top spot in the USHL. 

Dubuque leads the league in goals scored (99), with Erik Pahlsson riding an 11-game points streak into this weekend. The Swedish forward has collected seven goals and eight assists over that span.

3. Youngstown Phantoms / Last Ranking: 3

Record: 13-4-2-0

Similar to the Martin Misiak acquisition last year, Daniel Jencko has provided a big boost offensively for the Phantoms. 

The Slovak forward has three goals and four points in his first three games, including the game-winner against the NTDP U-17 squad last Friday. 

Owen Bartoszkiewicz remains solid in net, collecting wins in four of his last five games. He is second in the league with 10 wins.

4. Sioux City Musketeers / Last Ranking: 5

Record: 12-5-4-0

The Musketeers move up one spot in the power rankings after earning wins in their last three games. 

Sam Court quietly is fourth among defensemen in the USHL in points (14), and he connected on a must-see goal in Sioux City’s 2-1 win over Omaha on Friday night. 

Netminder Samuel Urban bounced back last week, stopping 29-of-31 shots in a win over the first-place Fargo Force.

5. Green Bay Gamblers / Last Ranking: 4

Record: 13-6-1-0

Despite dropping one spot here, the Gamblers are shaping up to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. 

Green Bay has points in nine of its last 10 games, led by a surging Jayson Shaugabay (TBL), who has 14 points in that span.

Adam Gajan (CHI) rebounded from allowing six goals, to stopping 24-of-26 shots on goal in a 4-3 win over Madison last week.

6. Muskegon Lumberjacks / Last Ranking: 10

Record: 11-7-1-1

The Jacks won their last three games, even though Matvei Gridin (2024) has been awfully quiet over the last couple of weeks. 

The Russian forward netted the shootout winner Friday, but he has just three points – all assists – over his last seven games. 

Meanwhile, Sacha Boisvert (2024) has picked it up once again, extending his points streak to three games. He has two goals during that stretch.

7. Tri-City Storm / Last Ranking: 7

Record: 11-7-1-0

The Storm hold steady at No. 7 on our power rankings this weekend, earning points in five of their last 10 games.

Netminder Cameron Korpi followed his three-game skid with a three-game win streak and owns the fourth-best goals-against average (2.51) in the league. 

Forward Trevor Connelly (2024) picked up his first multi-goal effort in Tri-City’s 5-3 win at the Ice Box last week, including an empty-netter from long distance.

8. Madison Capitols / Last Ranking: 6

Record: 9-6-3-2

The Capitols have hit a stretch of bad luck, dropping three of their last 10 games in overtime or shootouts.

Former NTDP forward Austin Burnevik is hitting his stride with his new team, collecting goals in three of his last five games, including a hat trick in a 6-4 win at Green Bay. 

Let’s see if Patriks Berzins can get back on track this weekend, having dropped his last four games, while allowing a combined 21 goals.

9. Waterloo Black Hawks / Last Ranking: 12

Record: 10-8-0-0

John Mustard (2024) continues his rise on NHL Draft boards after collecting his first career hat trick, including Waterloo’s overtime winner against the RoughRiders last weekend. 

The Black Hawks have climbed out of the basement and are riding a four-game win streak heading into this weekend’s slate of games. 

A big reason for that is netminder Calvin Vachon, who has wins in five of his last six contests, including his first career USHL shutout on Thanksgiving.

10. Sioux Falls Stampede / Last Ranking: 9

Record: 10-8-1-1

The Herd will look to right the ship, having dropped seven of their last 10 games. 

Chris Pelosi (BOS) has not scored a goal in the month of November, but Beckett Hendrickson (BOS) has started to find his scoring touch with Sioux Falls. 

The former NTDP forward has five goals and nine points in eight games this month. 

Netminder Michael Chambre snapped a two-game skid, stopping 30-of-31 shots on goal in a 4-1 win over Des Moines last week.

11. Des Moines Buccaneers / Last Ranking: 11

Record: 8-8-4-0

Speaking of the Bucs, Matt Curley’s squad continues to improve each week. 

Des Moines has points in eight of its last 10 games, led by forward Paul Minnehan’s recent hot streak. 

The Cypress, California, native has three goals and 13 points in nine games this month, including three three-point outings. 

After picking up USHL Goalie of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks, Ethan Dahlmeir has allowed four goals in two of his last four games.

12. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders / Last Ranking: 8

Record: 8-9-2-1

The Riders are proving to be a streaky team thus far, following up their impressive five-game road trip by dropping their last four games. 

Cedar Rapids suffered a significant blow, with leading goal-scorer Cade Littler (CGY) returning to the BCHL.

13. USNTDP / Last Ranking: 13

Record: 6-9-0-1

The U17 squad has dropped a pair of one-goal games this month, but forward Jack Murtagh (2025) collected his first multi-point outing last weekend. 

The U18 squad remains perfect this month, recently topping Adrian College and Stevenson University in lopsided affairs. 

Cole Eiserman (2024) scored his 25th NTDP goal of the season last week and needs 33 more to break the program record of 126 career goals, set by Cole Caufield in 2019.

14. Chicago Steel / Last Ranking: 14

Record: 5-11-1-1

In our last power rankings, the Steel were showing signs of life. However, Chicago has since dropped its last three games, including a pair of shutout losses in Fargo last weekend. 

Michael Hage (2024) will look to snap a three-game streak without registering any points, but the Michigan commit still leads the team with 18 points in 18 games.

15. Lincoln Stars / Last Ranking: 15

Record: 4-13-2-0

The Stars have dropped nine of their last 10 contests and are tied with Omaha for the fewest points (10) in the USHL. 

Keaton Peters collected his first career hat trick in record-breaking fashion, becoming the first player in team history to record a power-play goal, a short-handed goal and an empty-net goal in the same game.

16. Omaha Lancers / Last Ranking: 16

Record: 4-13-0-2

The Lancers have wins in four of their last 10 games and will look to keep things moving in a positive direction this weekend with a two-game set against the NTDP U18 squad. 

Forward David Deputy has goals in three of his last four games, including the game-winner against Lincoln last weekend. 

Netminder Mikhail Yegorov earned his first career USHL shutout on Saturday, stopping all 35 shots sent his way.