1. Tri-City Storm (45-12-5) vs. 3. Sioux Falls Stampede (39-16-7)
The Sioux Falls Stampede are facing off with the Tri-City Storm in the Western Conference Final series. The Stampede played the Storm four times throughout the regular season, two home and two away, with Tri-City holding the season series 3-1.
Away on Nov. 10th – 4-2, Tri-City
Away on Nov. 30th – 7-3, Tri-City
Home on March 1st – 4-1, Sioux Falls
Home on March 2nd – 3-1, Tri-City
The Tri-City Storm finished scoring 232 goals for (Rank 3rd) and allowing 144 goals (Rank 1st). The team had six players finish with 40 or more points and five with 50 points or more. Defenseman Ronnie Attard finished with 65 points (30g, 35a) as the highest-scoring defenseman in the league. Attard was named both the 2018-19 USHL Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year. Forward Shane Pinto, acquired from the Lincoln Stars mid-season, is the team's leading forward with 59 points (31g, 28a). Goaltender Isaiah Saville led the team and league with 34 games played, a 1.90 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and four shutouts.
On special teams, the team finished seventh on the power play, scoring on 21.1% of chances, and first on the penalty kill, denying 87.3% of chances.
The Tri-City Storm finished the regular season with the first overall seed and league's best record, receiving a bye in the first round of the Clark Cup playoffs. In the second round, the team swept the four-seeded Des Moines Buccaneers in three games by a combined score of 15-4, with a shutout in game two. Forward Pinto leads the team in scoring with eight points from three goals and five assists in three games.
Sioux Falls Stampede
The Sioux Falls Stampede finished scoring 234 goals for (Rank 2nd) and allowing 190 goals (Rank 7th). The team had eight players finish with 40 or more points and one with 50 points or more. Forward Artem Ivanyuzhenkov finished with 50 points (26g, 24a). Max Crozier is the team's leading defenseman with 43 points (10g, 33a). Goaltender Alec Calvaruso led the team with 31 games played, a 2.63 goals-against average, a .890 save percentage and one shutout.
On special teams, the team finished sixth on the power play, scoring on 21.3% of chances, and seventh on the penalty kill, denying 81.4% of chances.
The Sioux Falls Stampede finished the regular season with the third overall seed and played the Sioux City Musketeers in the first round of the Clark Cup Playoffs. In the best-of-three series, the Stampede swept the Musketeers in two games, including a thrilling four overtime game two. In the second round, the took on the second-seeded Waterloo Black Hawks in a best-of-five series, defeating the Black Hawks 3-1 in the series. Two of the three games included thrilling overtime matchups, totaling six periods of overtime hockey over six games.
The Herd is led by defenseman Max Crozier with sevent points (2g, 5a) in six games played and goaltender Stauber has five wins in six games played, with a 1.70 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage.
GAME 1: Tuesday, April 30 at Tri-City (Viaero Event Center) 7:05 p.m.
GAME 2: Wednesday, May 1 at Tri-City (Viaero Event Center) 7:05 p.m.
GAME 3: Friday, May 3 at Sioux Falls (PREMIER Center) 7:05 p.m.
GAME 4: Saturday, May 4 at Sioux Falls (PREMIER Center) 7:05 p.m.*
GAME 5: Tuesday, May 7 at Tri-City (Viaero Event Center) 7:05 p.m.*