Chicago Steel advance to Clark Cup final after Muskegon sweep – NBC Chicago
The Chicago Steel broke the best US Hockey League record this season, and they hope to build on that momentum into a Clark Cup championship, as the Steel beat the Muskegon Lumberjacks 5-4 on Saturday. to capture the East. Title of the conference.
The win saw the Steel claim the best of three series and set up a Clark Cup Finals series against the Fargo Force, which kicks off at the Fox Valley Ice Arena on Friday night.
Here is the schedule for the series:
Game 1: May 14, 7:05 p.m. Force at Steel, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2: May 15, 7:05 p.m. Force at Steel, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3: May 21, 7:05 p.m. Steel at Force, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 *: May 22, 6:05 p.m. Steel at Force, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 *: May 25, 7:05 p.m. Force at Steel, 7:05 p.m.
*- if necessary
The Steel led early in the game on a goal from Adam Fantilli in the first period, but the Lumberjacks refused to leave, taking a 4-3 lead late in the second period.
Matt Coronato scored the tying goal with just 13 seconds left in the second period, and Fantilli came back eight minutes into the third period, scoring the goal that helped Steel win the Eastern Conference title.
The Steel last won the Clark Cup in the 2016-17 season, while the Force won the championship the following season. This will mark the first time the two teams meet in the playoffs, according to a press release from Steel.
Chicago’s scoring offense was largely paced by forward Matt Coronato, who registered six goals and three assists in just four playoff games. Mackie Samoskevich was a big help in distributing the puck for the Steel, with seven assists for the team in four playoff games, and defenseman Ryan Ufko contributed five assists, including three on the power play.
Coronato’s dominance is just a continuation of what he did during the regular season, with 48 goals to his name in 51 games for the Steel. He was one of three 30-goal scorers for the Steel, with Josh Doan and Erik Middendorf both breaking that plateau as well.
Sean Farrell, who had 29 goals and 72 assists for a team-high 101 for the Steel, has one goal and three assists in four playoff games.
Fans interested in attending the Clark Cup Final can visit the Steel website or call 855-51-STEEL.