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2021 USHL Clark Cup Final: Chicago Steel to Face Fargo Force

Chicago and Fargo will meet in the postseason for the first time as each team seeks their second Clark Cup in franchise history.

Chicago Steel Clark Cup Final
Photo: Chicago Steel

The Chicago Steel will seek their second Clark Cup in franchise history when they face the Fargo Force in the USHL’s Clark Cup Final.

The Steel, the USHL’s No. 1 overall seed, swept the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Muskegon Lumberjacks in the first two rounds to advance to the Clark Cup Final. The Force upset the West’s No. 1 seed Tri-City Storm 2-1 before sweeping No. 3 seed Sioux City Musketeers 2-0 to make their fourth Clark Cup Final appearance.

It will be the first postseason series between Chicago and Fargo. The series will see two of the past three Clark Cup champions face off as the Steel and Force won the Clark Cup in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

The two teams did not play each other during the regular season.

Chicago will host Games 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva. Fargo hosts Game 3 on Friday, May 21 at Scheels Arena. Game 4 will take place on Saturday, May 22 in Fargo, and Game 5 will be Tuesday, May 25 in Geneva, if necessary.

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Drafted Players to Watch

Chicago: Sean Farrell (2020 fourth/Montreal Canadiens), Joe Miller (2020 sixth/Toronto Maple Leafs), Ian Moore (2020 third/Anaheim Ducks)

Fargo: Aaron Huglen (2019 fourth/Buffalo Sabres), Bear Hughes (2020 fifth/Washington Capitals), Austin Wong (2018 seventh/Winnipeg Jets)

2021 NHL Draft Prospects to Watch

Chicago: Matt Coronato* (Harvard), Jack Bar** (Harvard), Mackie Samoskevich* (Michigan), Ryan Ufko** (UMass)

Fargo: Tristan Broz** (Minnesota), Jack Peart** (St. Cloud State)

*Players rated an ‘A’ by NHL Central Scouting

**Players rated a ‘B’ by NHL Central Scouting

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Clark Cup Final Schedule

Game 1: Fargo at Chicago, 7:05 p.m. Friday, May 14

Game 2: Fargo at Chicago, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, May 15

Game 3: Chicago at Fargo, 7:05 p.m. Friday, May 21

Game 4*: Chicago at Fargo, 6:05 p.m. Saturday, May 22

Game 5*: Fargo at Chicago, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 25

*If necessary

Tickets: chicagosteelhockeyteam.com

Online stream: hockeytv.com

Online audio: mixlr.com/chicago-steel


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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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