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PREVIEW: Western Conference Final

04/27/2016, 3:30pm CDT
By USHL

Tri-City Storm and Waterloo Black Hawks battle it out for a spot in the Clark Cup Final.

 

Overall Record

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

Waterloo: 31-24-2-3, 67 points

 

Home Record

Tri-City: 11-7-6-6

Waterloo: 17-10-0-3

 

Away Record

Tri-City: 17-8-4-1

Waterloo: 14-14-2-0

 

Head-to-Head

Waterloo won season series 3-1

  • October 29, 2015: Waterloo 3, Tri-City 2 (OT)
  • October 30, 2015: Waterloo 4, Tri-City 1
  • January 8, 2016: Tri-City 6, Waterloo 3
  • January 9, 2016: Waterloo 4, Tri-City 3 (OT)

 

Playoff Record

Tri-City: 3-0

Waterloo: 3-1

 

Leading Scorer

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

Waterloo: Sam McCormick (32G, 25A) & Ryan Lohin (23G, 34A), 57 points each

 

Leading Rookie

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

Waterloo: Shane Bowers, 33 points (15G, 18A)

 

Leading Defenseman

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

Waterloo: Jake Ryczek, 34 points (7G, 27A)

 

Leading Goaltender

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

Waterloo: Cale Morris, 20-12-1-2, 2.47 GAA, .906 SV%, 3 shutouts

 

Power Play

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

Waterloo: 15.7% (5th in West, 12th overall)

 

Penalty Kill

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

Waterloo: 83.3% (3rd in West, 8th overall)

 

NHL Prospects

Tri-City: John Marino (Edmonton Oilers)

Waterloo: David Cotton (Carolina Hurricanes), Garrett Metcalf (Anaheim Ducks)

 

NHL Central Scouting 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)

Waterloo: Jake Ryczek (114), 34 points (7G, 27A); Sam Rossini (195), 8 points (2G, 6A)

 

Storylines

  • The Storm are looking to advance to their first Clark Cup Final since 2004. This is their second consecutive trip to the Western Conference Final and their fourth overall appearance (2016, 2015, 2005, 2004).
  • These two teams faced off in the Clark Cup Final in 2004, while the Black Hawks were in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Black Hawks are looking for their first trip to the Clark Cup Final since 2014. This is Waterloo’s seventh appearance in the Conference Finals, and their third appearance in the Western Conference Final since moving from the Eastern Conference in 2011-12 (2016, 2014, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003).
  • Bill Muckalt is looking to advance to the Clark Cup Final in his first season at the helm of the Storm, while P.K. O’Handley, a fixture behind the bench in Waterloo, is looking to advance to his fifth Final round, as his teams previously advanced to the Clark Cup Final in 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2014.
  • Dan Labosky leads the Storm in scoring in the postseason, as he has a goal and five assists in six games. Ronnie Hein, the overtime hero in Game 4 against the Lincoln Stars, leads the way for the Black Hawks with two goals and two assists in four postseason contests.
  • Jake Kielly leads all goaltenders in the playoffs with a 1.00 GAA and a .965 SV% with the Storm’s sweep of the Sioux Falls Stampede. Kielly also had one shutout in that span.

 

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