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Clark Cup Preview: RoughRiders vs. Thunder

04/14/2016, 11:30am CDT
By USHL

Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup between the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and the Bloomington Thunder.

 

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Overall Record

Cedar Rapids: 40-15-3-2, 85 points

Bloomington: 36-18-5-1, 78 points

 

Home Record

Cedar Rapids: 21-8-1-0

Bloomington: 16-9-4-1

 

Road Record

Cedar Rapids: 19-7-2-2

Bloomington: 20-9-1-0

 

Head-to-Head

Cedar Rapids won season series 3-1

  • October 30, 2015: Bloomington 4, Cedar Rapids 3
  • November 6, 2015: Cedar Rapids 4, Bloomington 3 (OT)
  • November 21, 2015: Cedar Rapids 6, Bloomington 3
  • December 30, 2015: Cedar Rapids 6, Bloomington 4

 

Record in last 10 games

Cedar Rapids: 6-3-1-0

Bloomington: 7-1-2-0

 

Leading Scorer

Cedar Rapids: Ross Colton, 66 points (35G, 31A)

Bloomington: Tarek Baker (20G, 29A) & Jeremy Davies (13G, 36A), 49 points each

 

Leading Rookie

Cedar Rapids: Matt Filipe, 36 points (19G, 17A)

Bloomington: Vladislav Dzhioshvili, 21 points (8G, 13A)

 

Leading Defenseman

Cedar Rapids: Jack Ahcan, 44 points (14G, 30A)

Bloomington: Jeremy Davies, 49 points (13G, 36A)

 

Leading Goaltender

Cedar Rapids: Ben Blacker, 33-13-2-2, 2.24 GAA, .926 SV%, 5 shutouts

Bloomington: Hayden Lavigne, 26-9-1-1, 2.26 GAA, .914 SV%, 4 shutouts

 

Power Play

Cedar Rapids: 20.2% (3rd in East, 4th overall)

Bloomington: 23.3% (T-1 in East, T-1 overall)

 

Penalty Kill

Cedar Rapids: 87.0% (1st in East, 1st overall)

Bloomington: 84.5% (4th in East, 5th overall)

 

NHL Draft Picks

Cedar Rapids: none

Bloomington: none

 

NHL Central Scouting Ranked Players

Cedar Rapids: Matt Filipe (51), 36 points (19G, 17A); Ross Colton (89), 66 points (35G, 31A); Matt Gosiewski (196), 13 points (7G, 6A)

Bloomington: Mitchell Mattson (61), 2 points (2G, 0A)

 

Storylines

  • This series features two of the top goaltenders in the USHL. Both Blacker and Lavigne have won multiple USHL Goaltender of the Week awards. Lavigne has two to his name, and Blacker has won the award a season-high five times.
  • Bloomington has taken points in five of its last seven games, while Cedar Rapids comes into the playoffs on a two-game winning streak.
  • This is Bloomington head coach Dennis Williams’ first playoff appearance as a USHL head coach, as well as the first playoff appearance for the Thunder in club history.
  • This is Mark Carlson’s 15th playoff appearance in 17 seasons as the bench boss in Cedar Rapids. The RoughRiders are looking for their first playoff series win since the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, as well as their first Clark Cup title since 2005.
  • Bloomington’s Jeremy Davies was the only defenseman in the USHL this season to lead his team in scoring.
  • The league’s best power play (Bloomington) will go head-to-head with the league’s best penalty kill (Cedar Rapids). Both teams rank top-5 in the respective categories.

 

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