Posted 2 years 8 days ago ago by David Fine
Tri-City takes 1-0 edge in Final
Dubuque, Iowa –Wade Allison tied a Tri-City Storm single-game postseason record with four points and the club ripped five goals in the third period to take a 1-0 series edge over the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the Clark Cup Final, 5-1, Friday at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
Allison’s explosive game (2g, 2a) started one minute into the third, tying the game with a deke and wrist shot past Hunter Miska. With the game even, Tri-City scored the go-ahead goal from Tory Dello four minutes later on the power play.
Allison received a point on the first four goals of the third, finishing his night with a shorthanded empty-net goal at 17:33. Allison and Bill Thomas are the only two Storm players to score four points in a postseason game. Thomas had two goals and four points in the first round, March 31, 2004, against the Des Moines Buccaneers.
The 18-year-old winger from Myrtle, Manitoba, Canada leads the USHL with six goals this playoffs.
Kielly made ten stops in the third period after allowing a goal on the last shot he faced in the second. The 19-year-old netminder has a 7-2 record, a 1.68 goals against average and a .950 save percentage in nine postseason games.
Also key to the cause, Dan Labosky had a goal and two points.
The wins sets up Game 2 on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Dubuque.
A Saints power play with under two minutes left in the second resulted in Dubuque’s only goal, scored by Evan Smith with 13 seconds left in the third. Dubuque finished 1-for-6 on the man up.
The Storm’s five-goal third is its highest-scoring frame of the season. At 1:04, Allison deked to the right slot and wristed it through Miska, assisted by Labosky and Jack McNeely.
Next, after Allison was denied at the right slot, he found Tory Dello at the high right circle and the Captain fired it in at 5:12 on the power play. Alex Limoges got the secondary helper. Tri-City was 2-for-4 on the man up and the Storm added a short-handed goal.
Labosky was next to strike on the power play, banging home a shot, assisted by Allison with 4:13 left. Tri-City added two empty-net goals, first from Allison shorthanded and then from Brandon Duhaime with 15 seconds left.
Duhaime has three postseason goals, all in the last three games. John Marino and Jake Wahlin received assists.
Game 2 is Saturday, May 14 at 7:05 p.m. in Dubuque. Coverage starts at 6:45 p.m. with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show on The Breeze 94.5 FM – kliqfm.com. 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.
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)
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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