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Clark Cup Preview: Storm vs. Stampede

04/13/2016, 3:00pm CDT
By USHL

Western Conference Semifinals matchup between the Tri-City Storm and Sioux Falls Stampede.

 

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Overall Record

Tri-City: 28-15-10-7, 73 points

Sioux Falls: 31-25-3-1, 66 points

 

Home Record

Tri-City: 11-7-6-6

Sioux Falls: 20-8-2-0

 

Away Record

Tri-City: 17-8-4-1

Sioux Falls: 11-17-1-1

 

Head-to-Head

Season series tied 3-3

  • November 14, 2015: Sioux Falls 2, Tri-City 1 (OT)
  • November 20, 2015: Tri-City 5, Sioux Falls 4
  • November 21, 2015: Sioux Falls 3, Tri-City 1
  • February 12, 2016: Tri-City 4, Sioux Falls 1
  • February 13, 2016: Tri-City 2, Sioux Falls 1 (OT)
  • February 19, 2016: Sioux Falls 4, Tri-City 3 (OT)

 

Record in Last 10 Games

Tri-City: 4-3-2-1

Sioux Falls: 8-2-0-0

 

Leading Scorer

Tri-City: Carson Meyer, 51 points (32G, 19A)

Sioux Falls: Parker Tuomie, 54 points (30G, 24A)

 

Leading Rookie

Tri-City: Alex Limoges, 39 points (14G, 25A)

Sioux Falls: AJ Vanderbeck, 14 points (7G, 7A)

 

Leading Defenseman

Tri-City: Mattias Goransson, 41 points (7G, 34A)

Sioux Falls: Joe Rutkowski, 33 points (7G, 26A)

 

Leading Goaltender

Tri-City: Jake Kielly, 21-7-5-3, 2.33 GAA, .919 SV%. 4 shutouts

Sioux Falls: Stefanos Lekkas, 25-15-2-1, 2.53 GAA, .924 SV%

 

Power Play

Tri-City: 20.8% (1st in West, 3rd overall)

Sioux Falls: 14.2% (7th in West, 14th overall)

 

Penalty Kill

Tri-City: 84.4% (2nd in West, 6th overall)

Sioux Falls: 81.1% (6th in West, 11th overall)

 

NHL Prospects

Tri-City: John Marino (Edmonton Oilers)

Sioux Falls: Jack Becker (Boston Bruins), Ales Stezka (Minnesota Wild).

 

NHL Central Scouting Final Ranked Players

Tri-City: Wade Allison (62), 47 points (25G, 22A), Brandon Duhaime (92), 42 points (15G, 27A), Walker Duehr (162), 23 points (10G, 13A)

Sioux Falls: none

 

Storylines

  • Sioux Falls is looking to become the first back-to-back Clark Cup Champions in USHL Tier I history. They also come into the playoffs as the hottest team in the league, having won eight of their last 10 games.
  • Sioux Falls head coach Scott Owens has previously won a Clark Cup with the Des Moines Buccaneers (1998-99).
  • First year head coach Bill Muckalt led his Tri-City squad to a first-place finish in the Western Conference, and is looking for his first Clark Cup Championship.
  • The Stampede have made the playoffs in nine of the last 11 seasons.
  • This is the second straight Clark Cup Playoffs appearance for the Storm. They are looking for the first Clark Cup title in franchise history.
  • Goaltender Stefanos Lekkas is looking to backstop his team to a second consecutive Clark Cup Championship. Lekkas had a 2.10 GAA and .932 SV% last season in Clark Cup Playoffs.

 

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