Following Sioux City's 5-4 overtime victory in Game 1 and Chicago's 5-1 triumph in Game 2, the Steel will host the Musketeers in Game 3 of the 2017 Clark Cup Final at Fox Valley Ice Arena on Friday night. With the series tied at one game apiece, Game 3 will go a long way in determining the 2017 Clark Cup Champion.
Sioux City picked up a 5-4 overtime victory in an exciting, back-and-forth Game 1 last Friday night at the Tyson Events Center. The Musketeers fought back from one-goal deficits two different times, including tying the game at 4-4 with just under three minutes remaining in regulation before winning in overtime. Phillip Knies picked up the game-winning overtime goal on the power play, and the Musketeers also received big contributions in the win from Brian Rigali, who had two goals, and Micah Miller, who dished out three assists, including a pair of primary helpers.
Chicago came back with a dominant 5-1 victory on Saturday night to even the series at one game apiece as the series shifts to Fox Valley Ice Arena next weekend. Brannon McManus picked up a pair of goals in the first period from almost the exact same spot, and Jack Badini added an assist to stretch his playoff point streak to 10 games. The Harvard commit continues to lead all USHL players in Clark Cup Playoffs scoring with 15 points (6G, 9A). Eduards Tralmaks added a goal of his own, his eighth of the postseason, also leading all USHL players. Jake Jaremko tallied three points (1G, 2A), Mitch Lewandowski added three helpers, and Ales Stezka, making his first start in the series, stopped 38 of the 39 Musketeers shots he faced to help his team tie the series at one game apiece.
With the series tied 1-1, Friday night's winner has a chance to clinch the USA Hockey Tier I National Championship and hoist the Clark Cup on Saturday. Both Friday and Saturday's games will begin at 7:05 PM central time. You can watch all of the action at ushl.hockeytv.com.
Each Illinois youth hockey player, along with an accompanying adult, can receive a complimentary ticket to Friday’s Game 3, or Game 4 the following night, as part of the Steel’s “Our Gift To Hockey” offer announced last week. Since the Steel are competing in the Clark Cup Final for the first time ever, the team is celebrating this historic achievement by inviting the next generation of junior hockey stars. Youth hockey players may visit chicagosteelhockeyteam.sportngin.com/register/form/976761936 to request their complimentary tickets to their choice of game.
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.