The Clark Cup Finals Is Leaving Nothing On The Table For Either Team And Keeping Everyone On The Edg
Talk about going to war and putting everything on the line...
First before we get to the finals lets talk about the USHL Semi-finals.
Sioux Falls Stampede has had an incredible run, knocking off the league Champion Tri-City Storm in a clean sweep to advance to the Clark Cup Finals. First you have to give it up to goaltender Jaxson Stauber for only allowing 3 goals against in the 3 games versus the Storm while facing 86 shots (.965 SV%) and the first game being a shutout no less. Also 2019 167th NA NHL ranked prospect Andre Lee with 4 points in the series.
Next you have the Chicago Steel riding on Justin Robins, all 5'7 of him, who basically stood on his head facing 30+ shots a night in the Steels semi-finals match up against the Muskegon Lumberjacks which they won the series 3-1. Chicago's Gunnarwolfe Fontaine (Who isn't Ranked by the NHL Central Scouting, which makes Steel GM Ryan Hardy make sure everyone on Twitter know they've got it wrong with his #NotATopProspect hashtag) had 8 points in 4 of the games in the series with Robert Mastrosimone (Ranked 49th for NA Skaters on the NHL CS Midterm Rankings) with 6 points and Nick Abruzzese (Ranked 200th for NA Skaters by NHL CS Midterm Rankings) 5 points also leading the charge.
So far in the Finals though, it's been a battle.
Game 1 saw the Stampede try and stifle the Steel's offense only allowing 22 shots on goal. After a 1st period of no scoring, Sioux Falls got themselves on the board first with a goal from Cade Borchardt and Andre Lee. The Steel were able to answer back with a goal from Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Josiah Slavin.
...And even tie it up early in the 3rd period with a goal from John Spetz, but the Stampede put the dagger in the comeback with Jared Westcott scoring with 5:01 left in the 3rd.
Game 2 was even more dramatic, this time for the Stampede. With Chicago starting the game with a goal from Fontaine in the first followed by a goal by Max Crozier in the 2nd for the Stampede, the game came to a battle of the 3rd period. Mastrosimone got the Steel ahead with 8 minutes left in the game with this Blast:
Only for the Stampede to tie it with 2:50 left in the 3rd with a nifty goal off the faceoff by Sam Stevens.
After a scoreless period of free hockey, the game went into a 2nd round of extra time and Andre Lee came up big and scored the GWG 15 minutes into the 2nd frame of OT.
Each team gets 4 days off to rest, recover, but also prepare for Game 3, which will be played at Fox Valley Ice Arena, in Geneva IL, this Friday at 7:05 PM.