The United States Hockey League and its member clubs announced today the dates and times for the 2018 Clark Cup Final. The Fargo Force and Youngstown Phantoms will square off in a best-of-five series to determine the 2018 Clark Cup Champion.
Both teams are vying for the first Clark Cup championship in their club's history. Fargo swept Tri-City in the First Round to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals, where they knocked off the Omaha Lancers in four games. Following their series win over Omaha, the Force defeated the Anderson Cup champion Waterloo Black Hawks in four games to advance to the Clark Cup Final for the first time since 2013. Youngstown, after receiving a first-round bye, swept Dubuque in their Eastern Conference Semifinal series before knocking off Team USA in four games in the Eastern Conference Final to reach the Clark Cup Final for the first time in team history.
Fargo is considered the higher seed in the series due to having the higher regulation season point total.
All Clark Cup Final games will be broadcasted at USHL.HockeyTV.com. Below is the schedule for the 2018 Clark Cup Final:
2018 Clark Cup Final
(3) Fargo Force vs. (2) Youngstown Phantoms
Game 1: Friday, 5/11/18 at 7:05 PM CT at Scheels Arena
Game 2: Saturday, 5/12/18 at 7:05 PM CT at Scheels Arena
Game 3: Friday, 5/18/18 at 7:05 PM ET at Covelli Centre
Game 4 (if necessary): Saturday, 5/19/18 at 7:05 PM ET at Covelli Centre
Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, 5/23/18 at 7:05 PM CT at Scheels Arena
In addition, USA Hockey and the USHL announced that the following officials were named to work the Clark Cup Final:
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.