FARGO, N.D. – After splitting the first two games of the Clark Cup Final on home ice last weekend, the Chicago Steel took a 2-1 series lead with a 5-1 win Friday night at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., giving them the opportunity to earn their second Clark Cup Championship Saturday night.
The teams traded goals just 13 seconds apart midway through the first period to open the scoring in Game Three. Steel forward Matthew Coronato finished off a perfect tic-tac-toe passing play from Erik Middendorf and Sean Farrell on the powerplay for his first goal of the night. On the ensuing shift, Fargo forward Cody Monds potted his fourth of the Playoffs after a net-front scramble in front of Chicago netminder Simon Latkoczy.
Chicago’s eventual game-winning goal came with less than a minute to play in the opening period off the stick of Middendorf. The Steel added a pair of insurance goals in the second period as Coronato scored his second of the night followed by Josh Doan’s second goal of the Playoffs.
Farrell and fellow forwards Adam Fantilli and Sam Lipkin capped the Chicago scoring in the third period.
When taking a 2-1 series lead in Game Three of the Clark Cup Final, teams are 8-1 all-time, including 2018’s Clark Cup Championship for Fargo and 2017’s Clark Cup Championship for Chicago. The lone comeback came from the Omaha Lancers in 2008 who won both Game Four and Five after falling behind 2-1 in the series.
Game Four of the Clark Cup Final takes place Saturday, May 22 at 6:05 p.m. CT at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D.
CLARK CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
Game 1: Fargo wins 3-0 (Fargo leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Chicago wins 4-1 (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: Chicago wins 7-1 (Chicago leads series 2-1)
Game 4: Saturday, May 22 @ 6:05 p.m. CT (Scheels Arena)
Game 5: Tuesday, May 25 @ 7:05 p.m. CT (Fox Valley Ice Arena) *
* if necessary
For more Clark Cup Playoff information, please visit the Playoff Hub at ushl.com and visit the Chicago Steel and Fargo Force websites for more information and tickets to remaining Clark Cup Final games.
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