The Tri-City Storm won the team’s first-ever Clark Cup championship thanks to a 3-0 sweep of the Dubuque Fighting Saints after tonight’s 4-1 win in front of a sellout crowd.
Wade Allison won Clark Cup MVP honors scoring 16 points in 11 games, including three game-winning goals. Allison, a 2016 NHL Draft prospect, is the first player in the USHL ever to win both the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game MVP as well as the Clark Cup MVP. Allison’s game-worn jersey, stick, gloves and game puck will be shipped to the Hockey Hall of Fame located in Toronto, ONT.
After killing off a Saints 5 on 3 power play, Tri-City capitalized on a 5 on 3 man advantage of their own, as Alex Limoges opened the scoring 16:29 into the opening period. Tri-City took their 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
4:39 into the second period, Limoges picked up his fifth goal of the postseason to double the Storm lead. Dubuque cut the lead in half late in the frame thanks to a Nathan Sucese goal, and the Saints went into the third period down just one goal. But that's when the Clark Cup MVP took over.
57 seconds into the final frame, Allison tallied his ninth goal and 16th point of the postseason to give the Storm a 3-1 lead. The Storm sealed the series with a Brandon Duhaime empty net goal, and the celebration was on at Viaero Center. Jake Kielly stopped 28 of 29 shots in the game, finishing Clark Cup Playoffs with a .949 SV%.
This marks the third season in four years that there was a sweep in the Clark Cup Final, and the second straight season for a Western Conference team sweep in the Clark Cup Final. Tri-City’s Clark Cup championship was the first by a Nebraska USHL team since 2008. Storm players are committed to play college hockey at 20 different NCAA Division I schools following their junior hockey careers.
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.