WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
(Sioux City wins series 3-2)
Sioux City advanced to their first Clark Cup Final since 2005 thanks to an 8-3 victory over Waterloo in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final. The Musketeers held a 3-0 advantage through 20 minutes and opened the scoring five minutes into the game with Tarek Baker's third of the postseason. Nine minutes later, Sioux City captain Jacob Wilson scored his second of the playoffs to double the lead, and Micah Miller made it a 3-0 game three minutes later with a beautiful goal. The Musketeers would stretch their lead to 5-0 in the second courtesy of Phillip Knies and Kristian Pospisil, but Bailey Conger and Grant Gabriele found the back of the net just 35 seconds apart late in the period to cut the Musketeers lead to 5-2 heading into the final frame. Less than two minutes into the third, Ben Copeland's third of the playoffs made it a 5-3 game, but that's as close as the Black Hawks would get. Sioux City would tack on three goals in the span of 3:10 late in the game, courtesy of Odeen Tufto, Brian Rigali, and an empty-net goal from Eeli Tolvanen, to seal the win and help the Musketeers advance to the Clark Cup Final. Knies, Pospisil and Connor Ford added two assists each, and Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faced for his sixth postseason victory. Sioux City will host Chicago in Game 1 of the 2017 Clark Cup Final on Friday night at Tyson Events Center.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, 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.