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CLARK CUP FINAL PREVIEW: Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Chicago Steel

05/08/2019, 9:30am CDT
By USHL

Preview of the 2019 Clark Cup Final between the Sioux Falls Stampede and Chicago Steel.

The Sioux Falls Stampede and the Chicago Steel will square off in a best-of-five series to determine the 2019 Clark Cup Champion. 

 

The Stampede are vying for their third Clark Cup Championship, while the Steel will be looking to bring home the second Clark Cup Championship in their club's history.

 

Sioux Falls was just short of earning a First Round bye, entering the post season as the number three seed in the West. The Stampede defeated the number six seed Sioux City Musketeers in the First Round with a 2-0 series sweep. Sioux Falls advanced to face the number two seed Waterloo Black Hawks in the Western Conference Semifinals, where they would claim a 3-1 series victory. The Stampede have now won five of their last six games, after sweeping the Anderson Cup champions Tri-City, in the Western Conference Final to advance.

 

The Chicago Steel ended the regular season as the number two seed in the East, earning a First Round bye, moving them directly into the Eastern Conference Semifinals where they faced off against Cedar Rapids. The Steel split their opening two home games with the RoughRiders, before earning two victories on the road to claim a 3-1 series victory. The Steel then hit the road to battle against the top team in the East, the Muskegon Lumberjacks, in the Eastern Conference Final. After splitting on the road, Chicago earned two consecutive home wins, including a Game Four overtime victory, to win the series 3-1 and advance to the Clark Cup Final. 

 

Sioux Falls is considered the higher seed in the series due to having the higher regulation season point total. 

Series Schedule

(3) Sioux Falls Stampede vs. (2) Chicago Steel 

Game 1: Friday, 5/10/19 at 7:05 PM CT at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

Game 2: Sunday, 5/12/19 at 5:05 PM CT at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

Game 3: Friday, 5/17/19 at 7:05 PM CT at Fox Valley Ice Arena

Game 4* (if necessary): Saturday, 5/18/19 at 7:05 PM CT at Fox Valley Ice Arena 

Game 5* (if necessary): Tuesday, 5/21/19 at 7:05 PM CT at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

Overall Record

Regular Season

Sioux Falls: 39-16-5-2

Chicago: 37-21-4-0

 

Clark Cup Playoffs 

Sioux Falls: 8-1

Chicago: 6-2

Home Record

Regular Season

Sioux Falls: 23-5-1-2

Chicago: 19-10-2-0

 

Clark Cup Playoffs 

Sioux Falls: 5-0

Chicago: 3-1

Road Record

Regular Season

Sioux Falls: 16-11-4-0

Chicago: 18-11-2-0

 

Clark Cup Playoffs 

Sioux Falls: 3-1

Chicago: 3-1

Head-to-Head Regular Season Series

Sioux Falls wins season series 2-0

Feb. 8 - Sioux Falls [8], Chicago [6]

Mar. 8 - Sioux Falls [7], Chicago [4]

Leading Scorer

Regular Season

Sioux Falls: Artem Ivanyuzhenkov, 50 points (26G, 24A)

Chicago: Nick Abruzzese, 80 points (29G, 51A)

 

Clark Cup Playoffs 

Sioux Falls: Max Crozier, 10 points (3G, 7A)

Chicago: Nick Abruzzese, 13 points (7G, 6A)

Leading Defenseman

Regular Season

Sioux Falls: Max Crozier, 43 points (10G, 33A)

Chicago: Matteo Pietroniro, 49 points (18G, 31A)

 

Clark Cup Playoffs 

Sioux Falls: Max Crozier, 10 points (3G, 7A)

Chicago: Matteo Pietroniro, 9 points (1G, 8A)

Leading Rookie

Regular Season

Sioux Falls: Anthony Romano, 47 points (26G, 21A)

Chicago: Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, 43 points (20G, 23A)

 

Clark Cup Playoffs 

Sioux Falls: Jami Krannila, 5 points (2G, 3A)

Chicago: Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, 8 points (5G, 3A)

Leading Goaltender

Regular Season

Sioux Falls: Jaxon Stauber, 16-8-1-0, 2.91 GAA, .883 SV%

Chicago: Justin Robbins, 25-14-2-0, 3.22 GAA, .873 SV%

 

Clark Cup Playoffs 

Sioux Falls: Jaxon Stauber, 8-1-0-0, 1.49 GAA, .943 SV%

Chicago: Justin Robbins, 6-1-1-0, 2.31 GAA, .918 SV%

Powerplay

Regular Season

Sioux Falls: 21.3%

Chicago: 24.6%

 

Clark Cup Playoffs 

Sioux Falls: 11.5%

Chicago: 16.1%

Penalty Kill

Regular Season

Sioux Falls: 81.4%

Chicago: 78.6%

 

Clark Cup Playoffs 

Sioux Falls: 80.5%

Chicago: 75.9%

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, 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.

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