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Fighting Five: Saints Host Force in Game 4 of the Clark Cup Final

May 18, 2024 - United States Hockey League (USHL)
Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

DUBUQUE, IA - The Dubuque Fighting Saints host the Fargo Force on Saturday night for Game 4 of the Clark Cup Final with a 2-1 series deficit.

Here are five things to know ahead of the matchup:

1. Power Punch

Late in the opening period in Game 3, the Fighting Saints began their fourth power-play chance of the Clark Cup Final. Scoreless heading into Friday's contest, Dubuque's man-advantage took the ice in a scoreless game.

With only 10.9 seconds left in the first period, Gavin Cornforth scored his third goal of the playoffs on a rebound from a Noah Powell shot to give the Saints a 1-0 lead into the second period.

2. Leaders Lift

In Friday's Game 3, Dubuque had goal contributions from two members of their leadership group. Seamus Powell scored his second goal of the playoffs in the second period on a feed from Juraj Pekarcik to put the Saints up by multiple goals for the first time in the series.

In the third, following a Fargo goal late in the second, the Saints' captain added insurance. Jake Sondreal settled a bouncing puck and looped it into the net to put the Saints ahead 3-1 in the final frame.

3. Saints Saves

Kevin Reidler made 23 saves on 24 shots in Game 3 to earn his seventh victory of the playoffs. Reidler was crucial on the Saints penalty kill and made a big save just before Sondreal's insurance tally.

Reidler has a .936 save percentage over 10 postseason games for the Fighting Saints. In Friday's win, Reidler allowed less than three goals for the seventh time in those 10 playoff games.

4. Saints Swarm

The Fighting Saints penalty kill stopped both chances it faced in Game 3 on Friday night in Dubuque. The Fighting Saints have killed five of their six chances in the Clark Cup Final so far.

Overall, the Saints' penalty kill has stopped 16 of 17 opposing power plays in the postseason so far after entering the series perfect in 11 chances in the playoffs.

5. Fargo Fling

In the regular season, the Force allowed just under 24 shots against per game. After only shooting 23 pucks on net in Game 1, the Fighting Saints have put more pressure than many teams have on the Force.

Dubuque launched 33 pucks on net in Game 2 and followed with 31 more in Game 3 to help earn the Saints their first win of the series. Fargo was outshot by its opponent just seven times in the regular season and Dubuque has outshot the Force in each of the last two games.

Game 4 of the Clark Cup Final is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT at ImOn Arena and tickets can be purchased here for just $10. The game can be found on Eagle 102.3 and FloHockey.

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