Wade Allison scored two goals and added two assists as the Tri-City Storm scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Dubuque Fighting Saints 5-1 in Game 1 of the Clark Cup Final to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Goaltender Jake Kielly played fantastic for the Storm, stopping 34 shots.
After a tight-checking scoreless first period, the second period featured much of the same until Evan Smith converted on the power play to give the Fighting Saints a 1-0 lead. Heading into the third period down 1-0, Allison took over for the Storm. The Western Michigan University commit tied the game early in the third, and captain Tory Dello gave the Storm a 2-1 lead four minutes later. Dan Labosky added his third goal of the postseason to add to the lead, and Tri-City picked up two more goals, both empty netters, from Allison and Brandon Duhaime to finish the scoring.
Tri-City was two for four on the power play, while the Storm held the potent Saints man advantage to just one goal on six opportunities. The Fighting Saints will look to even the series Saturday night at home, while Tri-City could take a huge 2-0 advantage back to Kearney, NE with back-to-back home games set for next weekend.
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.