Posted 104 days ago ago by David Fine
2016 Clark Cup Final rematch against Fighting Saints
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (8-11-2-2, 20 pts., 7th Western) is on the road to take on the defending Eastern Conference Champion Dubuque Fighting Saints (15-7-1-1, 32 pts., 2nd Eastern) for the first of two games Friday at 7:35 p.m.
The last time these teams met, the Storm defeated the Fighting Saints, 4-1, on May 20, 2016 at the Viaero Center to give Tri-City its first Clark Cup. The Storm swept the Clark Cup Final, 3-0.
The Fighting Saints boast the third-best record in the league and are five points back of Chicago for the league’s best mark.
Both teams are missing players due to the World Jr. A Challenge. Dubuque is without leading scorer Zach Solow, while Tri-City goaltender Dayton Rasmussen and Storm forwards Alex Limoges and Paul Washe are all on the U.S. Junior Select Team.
The Storm is back from its holiday break to take on Lincoln at The Ice Box on Wednesday, December 28 at 7:05 p.m. Tri-City hosts Sioux City for “Light the Night: Shining the Light on Child Abuse” on Thursday, December 29 at 7:05 p.m. Presented by Royal Family Kids, there will be a free postgame skate after the game.
On December 31, the Storm hosts an early New Year’s Eve Game, a 5:05 puck drop, against the Lincoln Stars on $1 Beer Night, presented by Bud Light. Party with the Storm against its rivals before the ball drops.
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Upcoming Schedule (Download here)
Fri., Dec. 16 at Dubuque, 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 17 at Dubuque, 7:05 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 28 at Lincoln, 7:05 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 29 vs. Sioux City, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 31 vs. Lincoln, 5:05 p.m.
Remember the Final
In the 2016 Clark Cup Final, Tri-City’s line of Dan Labosky, Alex Limoges and Wade Allison combined for 11 of the Storm’s 13 goals. During a 48-minute stretch between the third period of Game 1 and the second period of Game 2, eventual Clark Cup MVP Wade Allison scored four goals and seven points.
In the series, Allison recorded five goals and nine points, Labosky ripped three goals and nine points and Limoges scored two goals and five points. Limoges’ two goals came in Game 3 of the Clark Cup Final, including the eventual game-winning tally early in the second period.
None of the five returning Fighting Saints scored a point in the series.
Since falling to 6-6-0-1 on November 5, the Fighting Saints have rattled off wins in nine of 11 games (9-1-1-0). Jaxon Castor, a returning netminder from Phoenix, Arizona, has recorded a league-best eight wins (8-0-1-0) mark over that span, plus a 1.63 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. The Arizona State commit has won five straight decisions.
The Fighting Saints offense has averaged 3.63 goals per game over the 11-game hot stretch. Colin Theisen has scored 12 points since November 11, the fourth-most points in the league over that span. The returning forward leads the team with nine goals and is second on the squad with 20 points. Zach Solow (25 pts.) is in Canada representing the U.S. Junior Select Team at the World Jr. A Challenge.
Seven Saints have tallied at least five goals. Four Storm players have reached the five-goal mark and two – Alex Limoges and Paul Washe – are at the World Jr. A Challenge.
Last Time Out
The Tri-City Storm was shut out for the first time this season, 1-0, against the Des Moines Buccaneers Saturday at the Viaero Center.
Despite making 25 saves, goaltender Eric Dop yielded a goal to Kobe Roth with less than four minutes remaining. Dop has had at least 25 saves in all of his six USHL starts. Nick MacNab made eight stops in the third period and 18 saves overall.
Tri-City finishes off its pre-holiday-break slate Saturday, December 17 at 7:05 p.m against Dubuque. After Saturday, the Storm enjoys an 11-day break before playing at Lincoln on Wednesday, December 28.
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