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Below is a recap of Friday's Clark Cup Playoffs game:
Game 1, Eastern Conference Semifinal: Youngstown Phantoms , Dubuque Fighting Saints 
Two first period goals were the difference in the contest as the Youngstown Phantoms defeated the Dubuque Fighting Saints by a score of 3-1 to take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.
The Phantoms jumped out to the early lead, with Chase Gresock finding the back of the net just 1:07 into the contest to give his team a 1-0 advantage. It remained a 1-0 game until late in the opening frame, when Joey Abate put the puck in the back of the net with just under three minutes remaining, doubling the Youngstown lead to 2-0.
Youngstown added on early in the second period with a Matthew Barry goal, his first of the postseason. Dubuque's Quinn Preston got his team on the scoreboard late in the middle frame with his third goal of the playoffs to make it a 3-1 contest heading into the third period, but the Phantoms were able to hold off the Fighting Saints for the remainder of the game to earn the victory and take a 1-0 lead in the series. Ivan Prosvetov was stellar between the pipes, stopping 33 of the 34 Fighting Saints shots he faced in the win. Youngstown will look to take a 2-0 series lead with a victory in Game 2, while Dubuque will try to even the series before the two teams head to Dubuque for Game 3 and Game 4 (if necessary).
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five 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.