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Clark Cup Final Preview: Fargo Force vs. Youngstown Phantoms

05/09/2018, 11:00am CDT

Preview of the 2018 Clark Cup Final between the Fargo Force and Youngstown Phantoms.

Photos by Hickling Images

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.


Series Schedule

Fargo Force vs. 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


Overall Record

Regular Season

Fargo: 37-16-3-4, 81 points

Youngstown: 33-20-5-2, 73 points


Clark Cup Playoffs

Fargo: 8-2

Youngstown: 6-1


Home Record

Regular Season

Fargo: 15-9-3-3

Youngstown: 14-13-2-1


Clark Cup Playoffs

Fargo: 6-0

Youngstown: 4-0


Road Record

Regular Season

Fargo: 22-7-0-1

Youngstown: 19-7-3-1


Clark Cup Playoffs

Fargo: 2-2

Youngstown: 2-1


Head-to-Head Regular Season Series

Teams split season series 1-1

  • Oct. 13: Fargo 3, Youngstown 2 (OT)
  • Oct. 14: Youngstown 4, Fargo 3 (SO)


Leading Scorer

Regular Season

Fargo: Grant Hebert, 54 points (15G, 39A)

Youngstown: Matthew Barry, 54 points (17G, 37A)


Clark Cup Playoffs

Fargo: Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup: 10 GP, 10 points (4G, 6A)

Youngstown: Chase Gresock (7G, 5A) and Matthew Barry (3G, 9A): 7 GP, 12 points each


Leading Rookie

Regular Season

Fargo: Sammy Steele, 24 points (11G, 13A)

Youngstown: Jack Malone, 14 points (3G, 11A)


Clark Cup Playoffs

Fargo: Sammy Steele: 10 GP, 2 points (1G, 1A)

Youngstown: Jack Malone: 7 GP, 2 points (0G, 2A)


Leading Defenseman

Regular Season

Fargo: Ty Farmer, 39 points (9G, 30A)

Youngstown: Michael Joyaux, 23 points (1G, 22A)


Clark Cup Playoffs

Fargo: Ty Farmer and Robbie Stucker: 10 GP, 7 points (2G, 5A) each

Youngstown: Michael Joyaux: 7 GP, 4 points (0G. 4A)


Leading Goaltender

Regular Season

Fargo: Strauss Mann, 22-8-2-1, 1.86 GAA, .932 SV%, 5 shutouts

Youngstown: Ivan Prosvetov, 19-9-3-1, 2.90 GAA, .913 SV%, 0 shutouts


Clark Cup Playoffs

Fargo: Strauss Mann - 10 GP, 8-2, 2.16 GAA, .931 SV%

Youngstown: Ivan Prosvetov - 7 GP, 6-0, 2.51 GAA, .923 SV%


Power Play

Regular Season

Fargo: 24.5% (1st in West, 1st overall)

Youngstown: 20.0% (4th in East, 7th overall)


Clark Cup Playoffs

Fargo: 17.5% (8/45, 6th overall)

Youngstown: 18.2% (4/22, 4th overall)


Penalty Kill

Regular Season

Fargo: 83.5% (T-4th in West, T-5th overall)

Youngstown: 82.8% (2nd in East, 8th overall)


Clark Cup Playoffs

Fargo: 92.7% (38/41, 1st overall)

Youngstown: 84.4% (27/32, 6th overall)



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