Chicago Steel and Fargo Force to Meet in Clark Cup Final
May 8, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) News Release
CHICAGO, ILL - After winning the Eastern and Western Conference Championships, respectively, the Chicago Steel and Fargo Force are set to square off in the Clark Cup Final. Chicago, who swept the Muskegon Lumberjacks, and Fargo, who swept the Sioux City Musketeers, have never met in the Clark Cup Final. It's the third Final appearance in five seasons for the Steel and the fifth total Final appearance for the Force.
Fargo and Chicago won their lone Clark Cup Finals in back-to-back seasons as the Steel beat the Sioux City Musketeers 3-2 in 2017 followed by the Force beating the Youngstown Phantoms 3-1 in 2018. Chicago also appeared in the last Clark Cup Final in 2019 and Fargo has appeared in three other Clark Cup Finals in 2013, 2010 and 2009. The Steel are 3-3-2-0 all-time in the Clark Cup Final while the Force have a 6-7-3-0 record.
The Conference Champions have the top seven scorers in the 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs, combined, including Matt Coronato (Chicago, 6-3-9), Tristan Broz (Fargo, 3-6-9), Mackie Samoskevich (Chicago, 1-7-8), Cody Monds (Fargo, 3-3-6), Ryan Ufko (1-5-6), Aaron Huglen (Fargo, 2-4-6), and Jack Peart (Fargo, 1-4-5).
The Clark Cup Final will feature six NHL Draft picks including Force players Aaron Huglen (Buffalo Sabres, 2019, Round 4, #102 overall), Bear Hughes (Washington Capitals, 2020, Round 5, #148 overall) and Austin Wong (Winnipeg Jets, 2018, Round 7, #215 overall) as well as Ian Moore (Anaheim Ducks, 2020, Round 3, #67 overall), Joe Miller (Toronto Maple Leafs, 2020, Round 6, #180 overall) and Sean Farrell (Montreal Canadiens, 2020, Round 4, #129 overall) for the Steel.
The Clark Cup Final schedule is as follows:
Game 1: Fargo Force @ Chicago Steel - Friday, May 14 (7:05 p.m. CT at Fox Valley Ice Arena)
Game 2: Fargo Force @ Chicago Steel - Saturday, May 15 (7:05 p.m. CT at Fox Valley Ice Arena)
Game 3: Chicago Steel @ Fargo Force - Friday, May 21 (7:05 p.m. CT at Scheels Arena)
Game 4: Chicago Steel @ Fargo Force - Saturday, May 22 (6:05 p.m. CT at Scheels Arena) *
Game 5: Fargo Force @ Chicago Steel - Tuesday, May 25 (7:05 p.m. CT at Fox Valley Ice Arena) *
* if necessary
Visit the Clark Cup Playoff Hub at USHL.com for more information on the Playoffs. Please also visit the Chicago Steel and Fargo Force websites for more information about each team.
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