Here is the USHL's breakdown of the Clark Cup final four. Both series drop the puck for Game One of the best-of-five series on Friday, April 29th.
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
#1 Dubuque Fighting Saints vs. #3 Sioux Falls Stampede
They met just twice during the regular season and now meet for the first time ever in the USHL postseason. The two games were played in a span of a week in January with the Stampede capturing wins in both contests – a 2-1 overtime victory on January 7th in Sioux Falls and then a 4-1 win on January 14th in Dubuque. Both clubs swept their opponents in the second around to advance to the Western Conference Final.
- Sioux Falls tied for the lead in the Western Conference during the regular season with 20 home wins while Dubuque tied for the most road wins (18). - Sioux Falls led the Western Conference with 197 goals and Dubuque was tied for second with 195 goals. - The Stampede scored the second most goals on home ice in the USHL (108) while the Fighting Saints scored the second most goals on the road (105) - Dubuque scored the first goal of the game in a League best 41 contests during the regular season. - Sioux Falls averaged the second highest amount of shots on goal per game (32.78) while Dubuque gave up the third fewest shots per game (27.47) during the regular season. - In the playoffs, the Stampede are tied for the League lead averaging 4.50 goals per game while the Fighting Saints have given up just two total goals in three playoff games. - Sioux Falls is averaging 37 shots per game in the playoffs to Dubuque’s 22.3 per contest. - Sioux Falls owns the top power play in the postseason (26.9%) while Dubuque has yet to give up a power play goal in 16 shorthanded situations thus far. - Sioux Falls forward Kyle Rau leads the USHL with six playoff goals in six games. - Dubuque goaltender Matt Morris leads the postseason with a .974 SV% and Sioux Falls goaltender Stephon Williams leads with four victories.
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