CHICAGO STEEL  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  OT
Phillip Knies picked up the game-winning goal 2:27 into overtime to give the Sioux City Musketeers a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Steel in Game 1 of the 2017 Clark Cup Final. Sioux City struck quickly to open the scoring, as Brian Rigali scored his second goal of the postseason just 31 seconds into the game to give the Musketeers a 1-0 lead. Chicago responded just 1:46 later with Jason O'Neill's first tally of the Clark Cup Playoffs to tie the game at one. The Steel would take the lead about six minutes later thanks to a beautiful shorthanded goal by Baker Shore, putting Chicago up 2-1. 90 seconds after Shore's goal, Keegan Mantaro tied the game at two for Sioux City with his first goal of the playoffs, and Odeen Tufto's fifth goal of the postseason with just 1:14 remaining in the frame gave the Musketeers a 3-2 lead heading into the middle frame.
Much like the opening 20 minutes, the second period featured a lot of back-and-forth action, with the teams trading high-quality scoring chances. Chicago was able to net the only goal of the frame, as Jordan Seyfert's first tally of the Clark Cup Playoffs tied the game at three, and the teams would remain deadlocked heading into the third period. The Steel took the lead 5:36 into the final frame, as Jack Badini muscled through a check and fired home a shot on the short side to put Chicago up 4-3. The goal was the Harvard commit's sixth of the Clark Cup Playoffs and 14th point of the postseason, the most among all USHL players. It remained a 4-3 game until Micah Miller, who had three assists in the game, drove the net and created a rebound opportunity for Rigali, who scored his second goal of the game and third of the Clark Cup Playoffs to tie the game at four with just under three minutes to play in regulation. The remainder of the third period was scoreless, sending Game 1 of the 2017 Clark Cup Final to overtime.
Sioux City picked up a power play opportunity early in the extra session, and 2:27 into overtime, Knies capitalized on the man advantage to give Sioux City the Game 1 victory. Connor Ford and Kristian Pospisil added two helpers each, and Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 20 of the 24 shots he faced for his seventh win of the postseason.
Sioux City and Chicago will square off in Game 2 of the 2017 Clark Cup Final Saturday night at Tyson Events Center. The puck drops at 7:05 central time.
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.