CHICAGO STEEL  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
(Chicago wins series 3-1)
Chicago advanced to the first Clark Cup Final in team history with a 7-3 victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Steel scored twice in the opening period, with both goals coming in the span of 1:18. Eduards Tralmaks opened the scored with his fourth goal in three games about midway through the frame before Jack Badini found the back of the net while shorthanded to double the Chicago lead. The Harvard commit also added three assists in the game and now sports an eight-game point streak dating back to Game 2 of the Steel's Eastern Conference Semifinals series against Youngstown. In that span, Badini has 13 points (5G, 8A). It remained a 2-0 game until five minutes into the middle frame when Dubuque's Dallas Gerads scored for the third time in the playoffs to get the Fighting Saints on the board and cut the Chicago lead to 2-1. Chicago regained a two-goal advantage just 61 seconds later thanks to Reggie Lutz's fifth goal of the postseason, but Michael Boyle made it a 3-2 game about five minutes later. Late in the frame, Baker Shore and Brannon McManus scored just one minute apart to blow the game open and give the Steel a 5-2 lead heading into the third period. Tralmaks added his second of the contest four minutes into the third to make it a 6-2 game before Austin Rueschhoff cut the lead to three with a power play tally midway through the period. Dubuque then pulled their goalie looking to continue the comeback, but Jake Jaremko added an empty-net goal to make it a 7-3 game, complete the scoring, and send Chicago to the Clark Cup Final. Mitch Lewandowski also added three assists, and Ales Stezka stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced for his sixth win in the postseason.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
(Series tied 2-2)
Waterloo forced a decisive Game 5 in the Western Conference Final with a 3-1 Game 4 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers. Eight minutes into the game, Ethan Spaxman's first goal of the playoffs opened the scoring and gave the Black Hawks a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, Kristian Pospisil's first goal of the series tied the game at one, but Bailey Conger found the back of the net with just 33 seconds left in the period to give Waterloo a 2-1 lead heading into the middle frame. It remained a 2-1 game until late in the second, when Jackson Cates scored his second goal of the series with just 34 seconds left in the period to give Waterloo a 3-1 lead. The Black Hawks held onto that lead in the third period, evening the series and sending the teams to a winner-take-all Game 5. Alex Limoges dished out three assists in the win, and Robbie Beydoun stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced for his fifth postseason victory.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 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.