Posted 2 years 39 days ago ago by David Fine
The Tri-City Storm is one win away from capturing its first Clark Cup and readies for a pair of home games leading the Dubuque Fighting Saints, 2-0, in the best-of-five Clark Cup Final.
Over the weekend, Dan Labosky recorded six points to become the Storm’s all-time postseason assists and points leader (13 assists, 20 points). See below under “Need to Know” for a full list of records broken this postseason by Storm players.
Labosky had one of two explosive offensive performances that keyed the Storm to a weekend sweep in Dubuque. In Game 1 on Friday, Tri-City scored a season-high five goals in the third period and won, 5-1, led by Wade Allison’s four-point effort. On Saturday in Game 2, a 4-2 win, Dan Labosky had a playoff-best four points.
Prior to this weekend, the Storm only had one four-point game in its playoff history – Bill Thomas on March 31, 2004 against Des Moines.
Allison has seven points (4g, 3a) in two Clark Cup Final games. Labosky leads the league with 16 points (5g, 11a) in the postseason. Allison leads all players with eight postseason goals and is second in the league with 14 points.
The Storm looks to capture the Clark Cup in Game 3 on Friday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. at the Viaero Center. If necessary, Game 4 is Saturday, May 21 at 7:05 p.m. Both games feature $5 kids tickets and $6 student tickets. The Storm will announce more specials throughout the week. Call the Box Office (308-338-8011) for tickets or visit: http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets.
Besides the on-ice success, Storm Captain Tory Dello earned the USHL’s annual Curt Hammer Award for “outstanding performance skills, pride and determination.”
Friday, May 13 at Dubuque, W, 5-1
Saturday, May 14 at Waterloo, W, 4-2
Monday, May 16, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17, 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 3:00 p.m.
Clark Cup Finals Schedule:
#1 Tri-City Storm vs. #3 Dubuque Fighting Saints
GAME 1: Friday, May 13, 7:35 p.m. (Mystique Ice Center) – Tri-City 5, Dubuque 1
GAME 2: Saturday, May 14, 7:05 p.m. (Mystique Ice Center) – Tri-City 4, Dubuque 2
GAME 3: Friday, May 20, 7:05 p.m. (Viaero Center)
GAME 4: Saturday, May 21, 7:05 p.m. (Viaero Center)
GAME 5: Tuesday, May 24, 7:05 p.m. (Mystique Ice Center)
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Need to Know:
Challenging and breaking records
Dan Labosky has the most career postseason assists (13) and points (20) after recording six points over the weekend. Labosky passes Bill Thomas (10a, 19 pts.) in both categories.
Labosky’s 11 assists is the Storm’s single-postseason record. The native of Edina, Minnesota is also tied with Thomas for the most points by a Storm player in one postseason (16).
Wade Allison has tied one of Thomas’ records and is nearing another. Allison has four goals in the Clark Cup Final, tying Tri-City’s record for most goals in a single round. In 2004, Thomas had four goals in an opening-round sweep against the Des Moines Buccaneers. Allison is also nearing Thomas’ single-postseason record of nine goals, also set in 2004. Wade Allison has eight goals this postseason.
Thomas played for the Storm from 2002-04 and competed in 87 NHL games from 2005-09 and 2010-12.
The wild output by both Labosky and Allison in the first two games has put each in position to break the Storm’s record for most points in a series. In 2007, Calle Ridderwall recorded eight points in the opening round against the Sioux City Musketeers, a series the Storm won in seven games. Since that time, the postseason format has changed to best-of-five sets. Allison has seven points in the first two games of the Clark Cup Final and Labosky has six.
Postseason records broken/tied/challenged list
This Storm postseason has seen many records broken, tied and challenged. Below is a list of some of the most significant.
Broken – Dan Labosky: most career postseason points – 20
Broken – Dan Labosky: most career postseason assists – 13
Broken – Dan Labosky: most assists in a single postseason – 11
Broken – Dan Labosky: most assists, postseason game – 3 (April 15, 2016 vs. SF)
Broken – Jake Kielly: most career postseason shutouts – 3
Broken – Jake Kielly: most career minutes (597), career saves (310) and career games played (10) in postseason
Broken – Wade Allison: most points in a postseason period – 4 (May 13, 2016 at DUB).
Tied – Dan Labosky: most points in a postseason game – 4, May 14, 2016. Tied with Bill Thomas, March 31, 2004.
Tied – Wade Allison: most points in a postseason game – 4, May 13, 2016 Tied with Bill Thomas, March 31, 2004.
Tied – Dan Labosky: most points in one postseason – 16. Tied with Bill Thomas, 2004 postseason
Tied – Wade Allison: most goals in a postseason round – 4, Clark Cup Final. Tied with Bill Thomas (4, 2004 Clark Cup Playoffs opening round).
Within Reach – Dan Labosky: most points in a postseason round (Labosky has six points in Clark Cup Final and needs two points to tie Calle Ridderwall’s 2007 first-round mark of eight points set against Sioux City).
Within Reach – Wade Allison: most points in a postseason round (Allison has eight points in Clark Cup Final and needs two points to tie Calle Ridderwall’s 2007 first-round mark of eight points set against Sioux City).
Allison’s magnificent 46
In a span of 46:02 between the third period of Game 1 and the second period of Game 2, Wade Allison doubled his postseason goals and points total by recording four goals and seven points.
Starting with a goal at 1:04 of the third period in Game 1, Allison proceeded to wreck Dubuque. In Game 1’s final frame, Allison scored two goals and four points, the most-productive offensive frame of the Storm’s season and in Tri-City playoff history.
Allison’s four-point game was the second in Tri-City playoff history (at the time), matching Bill Thomas’ four points in Game 1 of the first round of the Clark Cup Playoffs on March 31, 2004 against the Des Moines Buccaneers.
A three-point game for Allison in Game 2 continued the effort. After scoring in the first, Allison assisted on Dan Labosky’s short-handed goal three minutes into the second and then ripped a shot by Hunter Miska at 7:06 of the middle frame on a two-on-one.
Before the outburst, Allison had four goals and seven points in eight postseason games. He is first in postseason goals (8), leading the closest challenger by three, and second with 14 points.
Linemate Dan Labosky leads all scorers with 16 playoff points. The 20-year-old Labosky has six points in the series and Allison has factored in on five of the goal-scoring plays.
The Storm has nine goals in the series and the line of Dan Labosky – Alex Limoges – Wade Allison has been on ice for eight tallies.
Dello earns the Curt Hammer Award
Captain Tory Dello became the third Storm player to win the Curt Hammer Award, presented annually to the USHL player “who distinguishes himself both on and off the ice by demonstrating outstanding performance skills, pride and determination”.
Awarded first for the 1988-89 season, the recognition is named after the late Curt Hammer, the President of the Des Moines Buccaneers from 1984-87 and a former USHL secretary who succumbed to cancer in 1987.
The USHL established the award “to honor his commitment to the League and the perseverance he displayed in continuing his work through hockey while battling the illness.”
Garrett Gamez (2013-14) and Christian Hanson (2004-05) are the Storm’s other two Curt Hammer Award winners.
Clark Cup Playoff Recaps:
Clark Cup Final (Tri-City leads series, 2-0)
Clark Cup Final Game 1: Huge third period downs Dubuque, 5-1
Clark Cup Final Game 2: Allison, Labosky dominate Saints in 4-2 win