The Tri-City Storm are one win away from winning the Clark Cup after knocking off the Dubuque Fighting Saints 4-2, and are set to return home for back-to-back games in Kearney, NE.
It was the Fighting Saints who struck first tonight, as Carson Vance scored 6:21 into the opening period to give Dubuque a 1-0 lead. Wade Allison scored nine minutes later to tie the game, and the teams remained deadlocked heading into the middle 20 minutes.
Dan Labosky put the Storm ahead 2-1 three minutes into the second, and Allison added another, his fourth of the Final, to double the lead. Dubuque responded late, as Casey Johnson netted his second goal of the playoffs to make it a 3-2 game heading into the third period. It was an exciting final frame, as both teams traded chances, but it was Tri-City who prevailed, as Labosky scored an empty netter, his fifth goal and 16th point of the playoffs. Those 16 points are the most in Storm playoff history.
Both Labosky and Allison added two assists each, and Jake Kielly stopped 25 of 27 shots to pick up win number eight of the Clark Cup Playoffs. Allison now has seven points in his last two games. Tri-City will look to win their first Clark Cup Final in team history on home ice next Friday night at Viaero Center. The puck drops at 7:05 CT.
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