Thursday, April 15, 2010

USHL Divisional Finals Schedule & Preview

We are down to 4 in the United States Hockey League as the Divisional Semifinals ended last night as the Indiana Ice came back from a 2-0 series deficit to comeback to win 3-2 against the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.

Next up for Fallon, Coleman and the rest of the 3rd seeded Ice will be the Top Overall seed Green Bay Gamblers who have been off since April 10. The Green Bay Gamblers are hoping to use their size as the Gamblers are hoping to ride their regular season best 95 points all the way to the USHL Clark Cup Championship this year.

In the playoffs, you need to spread the scoring and 10 players have scored at least 1 goal so far in the 3 games they played against the Waterloo Blackhawks Leading the way on offense is Anders Lee who was a goal and 4 assists while Ryan Furne and Reed Seckel who each have 4 points in the post-season. Indiana is hoping to use their momentum with players like Max Cook has really picked up the pace since losing the first 2 against Cedar Rapids.

The West Division Final will have the Omaha Lancers & Fargo Force which are both coming off Division Semifinal Sweeps over the Tri-City Storm & Sioux Falls Stampede in the 1st Round.

Omaha is looking to a strong offense that has the likes of Seth Ambroz & Nick Oddo who's leading the playoffs with 4 goals. In all 17 goals were scored in the 3 game series against the Tri-City Storm as the Lancers are looking to continue their offensive fire power in the 2nd Round against Fargo. With the expectation of a 7-6 win in Game 2, the Force have given up just 2 goals in the rest of the series.

Ryan Massa has the good in net as he has an unbelievable 2.24 GAA and a strong .923 SV% in the games where he started. They now not to put in Dylan Belfour who's only game was the 7-6 game that the Force has to comeback to win in Game 2 against the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.

Expect the goaltender battle to be between Fargo's Ryan Massa and Jeff Teglia who's played in every minute of the playoffs so far and during the regular season. Teglia played 3/4 of the games during the regular season where he won an impressive 30 games. Just one back of Steve Summerhays who ended up 31 during the season with the Green Bay Gamblers. If both Green Bay & Omaha play for the Clark Cup Championship, that could be the marquee matchup to determine who wins the championship this year.

As for Southwest Based Talent, all the main players are still in the playoffs. Chase Grant had the best 1st Round as he had 5 points in the 3 games for Fargo with 3 Goals and 2 assists. He had 3 of his 5 points in Game 2 where he had 3 of those 5 points including the Winner with just 1:20 left which was part of a 4 goal 3rd period to complete a major comeback.

East Division Final

#1 Green Bay Gamblers VS. #3 Indiana Ice

Green Bay Gamblers Road to the Clark Cup

Regular Season Record: 45-10-5 95 PTS, 212 GF 140 GA

East DIV. Semifinals VS. Waterloo: Game 1 2-1 W, Game 2 5-1 W, Game 3 5-2 W

Green Bay Scoring Leaders
Anders Lee 3 GP 5 PTS (1G 4A, +2)
Ryan Furne 3 GP 4 PTS (2G 2A, +2)
Reed Seckel 3 GP 4 PTS (1G 3A, +3)

Green Bay Goaltending
Steve Summerhays 3-0 1.33 GAA .949 SV%

Indiana Ice Road to the Clark Cup

Regular Season Record: 33-24-3 69 PTS, 199 GF 187 GA

DIV. Semifinals VS. Cedar Rapids: Game 1 0-6 L, Game 2 3-5 L, Game 3 3-1 W, Game 4 6-1 W, Game 5 3-2 OTW

Indiana Scoring Leaders
Max Cook 5 GP 5 PTS (4G 1A, -3)
Shane Bershbach 5 GP 5 PTS (3G 2A, +3)
Anthony Bitetto 5 GP 5 PTS (2G 3A, +3)

Indiana Southwest Players
Jacob Fallon 5 GP 1 PTS (1G 0A, -3)
Blake Coleman 5 GP 1 PTS (0G 1A, +1)

Indiana Goaltending
Casey Desmith 4 GP 3-0 1.43 GAA .957 SV%
Cab Morris 2 GP 0-2 6.73 GAA .818 SV%

All Green Bay Gamblers Home Games are @ Green Bay Resech Center

All Indiana Ice Home Games are @ Pepsi Coliseum

Game 1, 4/16: @ Green Bay 7:05 PM

Game 2, 4/18: @ Green Bay 3:05 PM

Game 3, 4/23: @ Indiana 6:05 PM

Game 4, 4/24: @ Indiana 6:05 PM*

Game 5, 4/27: @ Green Bay 7:05 PM*

*If Necessary

West Division Final

#1 Omaha Lancers VS. #2 Fargo Force

Omaha Lancers Road to the Clark Cup

Regular Season Record: 42-12-6 90 PTS, 238 GF 146 GA

DIV Semifinals VS. Tri-City: Game 1 7-1 W, Game 2 5-4 OTW, Game 3 5-2 W

Omaha Scoring Leaders
Matt White 3 GP 6 PTS (2G 4A, -1)
Erik Haula 3 GP 6 PTS (0G 6A, 0)
Dennis Brown 3 GP 5 PTS (2G 3A, +4)

Omaha Southwest Players
Ryan Daugherty 3 GP 3 PTS (0G 3A, +1)
C.J. Ludwig 3 GP 2 PTS (0G 2A, +4)

Omaha Goaltending
Jeff Teglia 3 GP 3-0 2.30 GAA .881 SV%

Fargo Force Road to the Clark Cup

Regular Season Record: 37-17-6 80 PTS, 227 GF 214 GA

DIV. Semifinals VS. Sioux Falls: Game 1 5-1 W, Game 2 7-6 W, Game 3 3-1 W

Fargo Scoring Leaders
Matt Leitner 3 GP 6 PTS (3G 3A, +7)
Corey Leivermann 3 GP 5 PTS (3G 2A, +1)
Chase Grant 3 GP 5 PTS (3G 2A, +5)

Fargo Southwest Players
Johnnie Searfoss 3 GP 0 PTS (0G 0A, -1)

Fargo Goaltending
Ryan Massa 3 GP 3-0 2.24 GAA .923 SV%
Dayn Belfour 1 GP 0-0 6.23 GAA .846 SV%

All Omaha Lancers Home Games are @ Omaha Civic Center

All Fargo Force Home Games are @ Urban Plans Center

Game 1, 4/16: @ Omaha 7:05 PM

Game 2, 4/17: @ Omaha 7:05 PM

Game 3, 4/21: @ Fargo 7:05 PM

Game 4, 4/22: @ Fargo 7:05 PM*

Game 5, 4/24: @ Omaha 7:05 PM*

*If Necessary

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