Posted 347 days ago ago by David Fine
Dubuque, Iowa. – Dan Labosky had four points and Wade Allison had three, lifting the Tri-City Storm to a 4-2 win and a 2-0 series edge against the Dubuque Fighting Saints in Game 2 of the Clark Cup Final Saturday at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The Storm is one win away from its first the Clark Cup.
Prior to Friday, only one Tri-City player had a four-point game in the postseason - Bill Thomas in 2004. In the past two games, Allison and Labosky have each had four-point nights.
Labosky had two goals and two assists, factoring in on three straight goals to edge the Storm ahead, 3-1, in the second. Allison had two goals and one assist in Game 2 after two goals and four points in Game 1. Labosky has 16 postseason points, tied with Bill Thomas for most by a Storm player in a single postseason. Allison has 14 points, second in the USHL.
Jake Kielly was reliable with 25 saves and seven stops in the third. Kielly has a 1.71 goals against average and a .948 save percentage, best in the playoffs.
The Storm and Saints match on Friday, May 20 at the Viaero Center for Game 3, featuring $5 kids tickets and $6 student tickets (http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets).
After Dubuque’s Carson Vance scored the first goal at 6:21, Allison and Labosky turned it on. First, Allison received a pass at the left slot from Labosky and ramped it by Miska to tie the game with 4:08 left in the first. Alex Limoges took the secondary helper to push to eight assists and 11 points this playoffs.
Next, a short-handed goal at the start of the second from Labosky gave the Storm the lead for good. Mattias Goransson touched the puck to Allison, who fed Labosky at the red line. Gaining speed for a breakaway, Labosky backhanded the puck under Miska at 3:17 of the second.
Next, Labosky shared the puck to Allison at even strength on a two-on-one at the right post, giving the Storm a 3-1 edge. Allison timed the shot by the sliding netminder at 7:06 of the second. Jack McNeely started it by nicking the puck to Labosky.
The superlatives run deep in Labosky’s and Allison’s excellence in the Clark Cup Final. Allison essentially had seven points in a three-period span between the third in Game 1 and the second in Game 2. Labosky has six points in two games.
Dubuque’s Casey Johnson wristed the puck past Kielly with 10 seconds left in the second, but Tri-City erased the Saints’ offense in the third and Labosky added an empty-net goal with 1:32 left to seal the game.
The Saints’ top-ranked postseason power play was 0-for-4. The Storm was 0-for-2 on the man up.
The Storm is home for Game 3 at the Viaero Center on Friday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. and Game 4, if necessary, on Saturday, May 21. Kids tickets are $5 and student tickets are $6. Coverage for both games starts at 6:45 p.m. with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show on The Breeze 94.5 FM – kliqfm.com.
Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets.
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)
Purchase playoff tickets here (http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets).