Posted 318 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and the Dubuque Fighting Saints square off in the best-of-five Clark Cup Finals. The Storm is seeking its first Clark Cup and is in the final round for the second time.
The series is the first time Tri-City and Dubuque meet in the Clark Cup Playoffs.
Game 1 of the Clark Cup Finals is Friday, May 13 at 7:35 p.m. at the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque. Game 2 is Saturday, May 14 at 7:05 p.m.
The Storm is home at the Viaero Center for Game 3 on Friday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 is Saturday, May 21 at 7:05 p.m. Both games feature $5 kids tickets and $6 student tickets and the Storm will announce more specials within the next few days. Game 5, if necessary, is in Dubuque on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:05 p.m.
Call the box office for tickets (308-338-8011) or visit: http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets
Storm postseason games can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM – kliqfm.com. Game 1 coverage begins at 7:20 with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show. Game 2 coverage starts at 6:45 p.m.
The Storm made the Clark Cup Finals in 2004, falling in four games to the Waterloo Black Hawks. The series pitted Tri-City superstar (and future NHL forward) Bill Thomas against Waterloo’s Joe Pavelski, who currently captains the San Jose Sharks. Thomas finished the series with three goals and four points in four games, completing the postseason with a Storm playoff record nine goals and 16 points.
The Hawks won the first two games at the Viaero Center before the Storm won Game 3, 4-3, thanks to Thomas’ game-winning goal with 1:14 left. Goalie Eric Aarnio relieved Peter Mannino after Mannino allowed two goals in the opening 7:33 of the first.
Waterloo finished the series in Game 4 with a 2-1 victory. Three of the four games were decided by one goal.
This is the sixth time the Storm has advanced past the first round in Tri-City’s 16-season history.
The Fighting Saints have made the finals three times since returning to the USHL in 2010. Dubuque is 2-0 in the Finals, winning the Cup in 2011 and 2013 under Jim Montgomery, the current Head Coach of the University of Denver Men’s Hockey Team.
The Saints have made it past the first round of the Clark Cup Playoffs in its first six seasons back in the USHL. The club has had three coaches; Montgomery, Matt Shaw and Jason Lammers. The 40-year-old Lammers is in his first season and led the Saints to its third-best season at 80 points.
The Saints were originally in the league from 1980-2001, winning three cups 1981, 1983 and 1985. The team moved in 2001 to Tulsa, Oklahoma and was renamed the Tulsa Crude.
The Season Series
Tri-City and Dubuque split the season series, 1-1, in a weekend set on January 22-23 at the Viaero Center. Carson Meyer scored twice in the first game, leading the Storm to a 4-1 win on Jan. 22. Goalie Jake Kielly made 23 saves. Dubuque’s Hunter Miska allowed four goals and was pulled after 40 minutes for Jaxon Castor.
The next day, Jan. 23, Tri-City fell, 4-2, after allowing a short-handed goal to Nathan Sucese with 1:36 left. Jake Wahlin and Tory Dello scored. Wahlin and Wade Allison led all players with three points in the two-game set.
The Storm last visited Dubuque in 2014-15 and Tri-City split two road games at the Mystique Ice Center.
Clark Cup Final Schedule:
#1 Tri-City Storm vs. #3 Dubuque Fighting Saints
GAME 1: Friday, May 13, 7:35 p.m. (Mystique Ice Center)
GAME 2: Saturday, May 14, 7:05 p.m. (Mystique Ice Center)
GAME 3: Friday, May 20, 7:05 p.m. (Viaero Center)
GAME 4: Saturday, May 21, 7:05 p.m. (Viaero Center)
GAME 5: Tuesday, May 24, 7:05 p.m. (Mystique Ice Center)
Purchase playoff tickets here (http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets).