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Clark Cup Final Game 2 Recap

05/13/2017, 10:30pm CDT

Chicago gets two goals from Brannon McManus, 38 saves from Ales Stezka to even series at 1-1.




Brannon McManus scored two first period goals, and Ales Stezka made 38 saves to lead the Chicago Steel to a 5-1 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers in Game 2 of the 2017 Clark Cup Final and even the series at one game apiece.


The first 10 minutes of the game featured back-and-forth action without any scoring, but the Steel struck first at 11:03 of the opening period. Johnny Walker had his initial shot stopped but knocked the rebound out of mid-air and into the back of the net to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Just 46 seconds later, McManus buried a one-timer off a great pass from Jake Jaremko to double the Steel lead. The University of Minnesota commit added his second goal of the game from almost the exact spot as his first tally, stretching the Chicago advantage to 3-0 heading into the second period. The teams played a scoreless middle frame, with the Musketeers outshooting the Steel 15-12, but Chicago played excellent team defense to keep the Anderson Cup Champions off the board.


The Steel added to their lead about eight minutes into the third period, as Jaremko, who had three points (1G, 2A) on the night, fired home a beautiful shot on the power play to make it a 4-0 game. Eduards Tralmaks added the second power play tally of the night for Chicago to extend their lead to 5-0 before Sioux City's Aapeli Rasanen added a power play goal of his own late in the game to break up the shutout. The Steel were able to hold onto that lead for the remainder of the game to even the series at one. Reggie Lutz added two assists, Jack Badini added a helper to extend his playoff point streak to 10 games, and Stezka picked up his seventh win of the postseason with those 38 saves.


Chicago and Sioux City will play Game 3 of the 2017 Clark Cup Final next Friday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena. The puck drops at 7:05 PM central time.






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