The RoughRiders took a 2-1 series lead after taking Game 3 on the road with a 3-1 win. Goaltender Ben Blacker stopped 28 of 29 shots to put Cedar Rapids ahead in the series, with a chance to win a decisive Game 3 Sunday in Bloomington.
Bloomington took a 1-0 lead in the Thunder’s first Clark Cup Playoff game on home ice, stealing the momentum. Defenseman Jake Slaker took a shot from the point, and Brogan Rafferty was later credited with the goal on a tip. Cedar Rapids responded 61 seconds later with a Mitch Reinke tally. Captain Callahan Burke put the RoughRiders up 2-1 in the second period, the game-winning goal. Ross Colton capped off the 3-1 win with an empty net goal.
The Thunder went one for two on the power play, and are now six of nine in the series. Cedar Rapids did not convert on their three power play opportunities. Bloomington will look to win their first home Clark Cup Playoff game in team history, and extend the series to a final Game 5.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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