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Clark Cup Playoffs Recap: May 2

05/03/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Team USA evens Eastern Conference Final at 1-1 with wild 10-6 Game 2 win.

Game 2, Eastern Conference Final: Team USA [10], Youngstown Phantoms [6]

Series tied 1-1


In the craziest game of the 2018 Clark Cup Playoffs, Owen Lindmark picked up a hat trick to lead Team USA to a 10-6 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. The series is now tied at one game apiece.


Team USA dominated the opening period, as they held a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes. Lindmark found the back of the net twice, and Danny Weight and Henry Thrun added goals of their own to help Team USA go up four goals through one period of play.

The second period featured a bevy of offense, as the two teams combined to score eight goals in the middle frame. After falling behind 6-1, thanks in part to Lindmark completing the hat trick at the 2:10 mark of the second, Youngstown scored four of the next five goals to cut the deficit to 7-5 heading into the third period. Marshall Warren, Lindmark and Matthew Boldy scored in the second for Team USA, while Jason SmallidgeMike RegushEric EspositoJoey Abate and Curtis Hall found the back of the net for Youngstown in the middle period.

The Phantoms' Samuel Salonen scored 1:45 into the third period to cut the lead to 7-6, after Youngstown faced 4-0 and 7-3 deficits earlier in the contest, but that's as close as they would get. Warren, Patrick Moynihan and Erik Middendorf all scored later in the frame, giving Team USA a 10-6 victory and tying the series.

In total, nine players in the game recorded multiple points, and the 16 goals scored in the game was the highest-combined total in the USHL in the Tier 1 era (2003-present).


Games 3 and 4 will be played at Covelli Centre in Youngstown on Friday and Saturday.

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.

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