The Tri-City Storm, the top seed in the Western Conference, cruised to a 4-0 Game 1 victory over the defending Clark Cup champion Sioux Falls Stampede at the Viaero Center.
Goaltender Jake Kielly stopped all 27 shots he faced for top star honors. The Eden Prairie, MN native had four shutouts during the regular season, and started in his first career USHL Clark Cup Playoff game after taking the Austin Bruins (NAHL) to the Robertson Cup last season.
As for the Tri-City offense, three of the Storm's four goals goals came within a six and a half minute stretch in the first period, when Wade Allison, Jake Wahlin, and Carson Meyer all found the back of the net. Meyer, the leading regular season goal-scorer for the Storm, added a second goal early in the third period to salt away the win. Nico Sturm tallied a pair of assists in the win. The Storm dominated offensively, putting up 40 shots on goal, as well as defensively, as they killed off all five Stampede power plays in the game.
Tri-City will look to double their series lead in Game 2 on Friday night, and put a stranglehold on the best-of-five series.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 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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