Posted 2 years 40 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and the Dubuque Fighting Saints are the top offensive teams in the USHL playoffs and meet in the best-of-five Clark Cup Finals. The Storm is seeking its first Clark Cup and is in the final round for the second time.
Game 1 of the Clark Cup Finals is Friday, May 13 at 7:35 p.m. at the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque. Game 2 is Saturday, May 14 at 7:05 p.m.
The Storm is home at the Viaero Center for Game 3 on Friday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 is Saturday, May 21 at 7:05 p.m. Both games feature $5 kids tickets and $6 student tickets and the Storm will announce more specials within the next few days. Game 5, if necessary, is in Dubuque on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:05 p.m.
Call the box office for tickets (308-338-8011) or visit: http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets
Storm postseason games can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM – kliqfm.com. Game 1 coverage begins at 7:20 with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show. Game 2 coverage starts at 6:45 p.m.
The Storm’s offense ranked 7th in the USHL scoring during the regular season, scoring 3.05 goals/game. In the postseason, Tri-City is scoring 3.63 goals/game, second behind Dubuque. The Storm has scored at least three goals in seven of eight postseason games.
Carson Meyer leads all USHL players with a six-game postseason scoring streak (3g, 6a). In the Conference Finals, the Miami University commit exploded for three goals and six points in five games. Linemates Jake Wahlin and Brandon Duhaime found chemistry late in the series. In two games playing together, Duhaime had two goals and four points. Wahlin scored the last two goals of Game 5 to lead Tri-City to a 5-3 win. The 19-year-old St. Cloud State commit led Tri-City with seven points (3g) in the series.
Overall, Meyer is tied for the postseason lead with five goals and is third with 11 points.
Dan Labosky leads all playoff performers with eight assists and has 10 points, fourth in the USHL. Linemates Alex Limoges and Wade Allison had points in the final three games of the Conference Finals.
Nineteen of 23 Tri-City players have recorded at least one point in the playoffs.
The Storm is 4-0 when scoring first and is outscoring opponents, 11-2, in the second. Dubuque has 11 goals in the second and has allowed six.
The Fighting Saints had the best offense in the regular season (3.48 goals/game) and is top in the Clark Cup Playoffs scoring 3.78 goals/game.
Defenseman Keegan Ford leads all active postseason players with 12 points and is tied for first with five goals. During the regular season, it took Ford 56 games to score seven goals. Ford had four goals and six points in the second round.
Forward Nathan Sucese scored twice in two games during the season series against Tri-City and led the Halos with 26 points and 59 points. Sucese was the only Saint to score more than 40 points, but 15 players had at least 20 points. Tri-City had ten players with at least 20 points.
Andrew Kerr scored an empty-net goal in a Game 5 victory against Bloomington, the defenseman’s first goal in 126 USHL games.
The Saints have outscored opponents, 17-5, in the third. In eight postseason games, the Saints have led after two periods four times (4-0), trailed three times (1-2) and been tied twice (1-1). Dubuque has been outscored in the first, 4-7.
The Saints own the top power play in the playoffs (10-for-33, 30.3%).
Clark Cup Final Schedule:
#1 Tri-City Storm vs. #3 Dubuque Fighting Saints
GAME 1: Friday, May 13, 7:35 p.m. (Mystique Ice Center)
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)
Purchase playoff tickets here (http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets).