Posted 306 days ago ago by David Fine
The Tri-City Storm secured its first Clark Cup with a three-game sweep of the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the Clark Cup Final. At 9:47 p.m. on May 20, 2016, the final horn sounded, securing a 4-1 Tri-City victory and sending the sell-out crowd at the Viaero Center into pandemonium.
Led by Jake Kielly in net, Bill Muckalt’s leadership and a hot offense, the Storm had the best goal differential in the postseason (+22). Tri-City was first in offense (3.8 goals/game) and boasted the stingiest defense (1.8 goals allowed/ game) in the postseason.
The line of Dan Labosky, Alex Limoges and Wade Allison was on ice for 11 of 13 Storm goals in the Final. Allison won Clark Cup Most Valuable Player, leading all players with nine goals. Dan Labosky had 14 assists and 19 points to lead all postseason scorers. Limoges was third in the league with 14 points.
Jake Kielly set the Tier-I USHL postseason record with a .950 save percentage. Kielly allowed more than two goals in a game just once. The Clarkson-bound netminder had a 1.64 goals against average, the fourth-best in the Tier-I history of the league.
The Storm readies for the 2016-17 season with tryout camps at the Las Vegas Ice Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 12-18.
Friday, May 20 vs. Dubuque, W, 4-1
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All the records
Dan Labosky had a Storm postseason record 14 assists and 19 points, recording nine points in the Final against Dubuque. Labosky finished his career with a Tri-City playoff record 16 assists and 23 points. The Wisconsin commit had three assists in Game 3, tying his own single-game record set against Sioux Falls in the first round.
Wade Allison tied the Tri-City postseason record with nine goals, equaling Bill Thomas’ mark set during the 2004 run to the Clark Cup Final.
Allison and Labosky each had nine points in the Final, the most points a Storm player has had in a single round. Previously, Calle Ridderwall had eight points in a seven-game series in 2007 against Sioux City.
Tri-City Postseason records broken/tied list
Broken – Dan Labosky: postseason points, career – 23
Broken – Dan Labosky: postseason assists, career – 16
Broken – Dan Labosky: assists in a single postseason – 14
Broken – Dan Labosky: points in single postseason – 19.
Broken – Dan Labosky: assists, postseason game – 3 (April 15, 2016 vs. SF | May 20, 2016 vs. DUB)
Broken – Jake Kielly: postseason shutouts, career – 3
Broken – Jake Kielly: career minutes (657), career saves (340) and career games played (11)
Broken – Jake Kielly: career goals against average (1.64) and save percentage (.950).
Broken – Wade Allison: points in a postseason period – 4 (May 13, 2016 at DUB).
Broken – Wade Allison: goals in a postseason round – 5, Clark Cup Final.
Tied – Dan Labosky: points in a postseason game – 4, May 14, 2016. Tied with Bill Thomas, March 31, 2004.
Tied – Wade Allison: points in a postseason game – 4, May 13, 2016 Tied with Bill Thomas, March 31, 2004.
Tied – Wade Allison: goals in single postseason – 9. Tied with Bill Thomas (2004 postseason)
Tied – Wade Allison: postseason goals, career – 9. Tied with Bill Thomas (2004 postseason)
Storm goalie Jake Kielly had arguably the best postseason for a netminder in the Tier-I history of the USHL (since 2002-03 season).
Kielly stopped 340 of 358 shots for a .950 save percentage (best in Tier-I postseason history). His three postseason shutouts ranked second behind Omaha’s Drew Palmisano (4 shutouts, 2008). Kielly had the fourth-best Tier-I goals against average, 1.64.
The 19-year-old from Eden Prairie, Minnesota had 30 or more saves in seven of 11 games. Kielly allowed two or fewer goals in nine of 11 contests.
The Storm won the first game of each series, in large part due to Kielly. The goalie had shutouts in Game 1 of the opening round and the first game of the Conference Finals.
Kielly’s best moments often came near the end of closely-contested games. The 6-foot-3, 190-lb goalie shut out the Black Hawks with 41 saves In Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals to give the Storm a 2-1 series edge.
From January 1 to the end of the season, Kielly went 24-4-0-2 with a 2.03 goals against average, a .930 save percentage and six shutouts.
First year, no problem
Storm Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt became the fifth Head Coach in the Tier-I history of the league to deliver a championship in his first season.
Here is the full list:
Jeff Blashill, 2009, Indiana
Jim Montgomery, 2011, Dubuque
Derek Lalonde, 2012, Green Bay
Jeff Brown, 2014, Indiana
Bill Muckalt, 2016, Tri-City