BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Steel have clinched a berth into the 2018 USHL Clark Cup Playoffs following a 2-1 win via shootout Saturday at the Central Illinois Flying Aces. The Steel, 2017 Clark Cup Champions, return to the postseason for the seventh time in the team’s 18-year history. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on Monday, April 16, and Eastern Conference #6 seed Chicago will face #3 Muskegon in a best-of-three series to be played at L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Mich.
2018 USHL Clark Cup Playoffs
First Round (best-of-3)
#6 Chicago Steel at #3 Muskegon Lumberjacks
Game 1 – Mon., April 16 – Chicago at Muskegon, 7:15/6:15 CT
Game 2 – Tue., April 17 – Chicago at Muskegon, 7:15/6:15 CT
Game 3 – Wed., April 18 – Chicago at Muskegon, 7:15/6:15 CT (if necessary)
Fans are encouraged to visit the Playoff Hub on ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com for updates, schedule and further information throughout the 2018 Clark Cup Playoffs. All Steel playoff game broadcasts will be carried live on Mixlr (free audio) and HockeyTV (iPPV). For broadcast links and information, visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com/broadcast.
Chicago will attempt to become the first team to repeat as Clark Cup Champions since the Omaha Lancers won in the 1992-1993 and 1993-1994 seasons. The top six teams from each conference qualify for this season’s playoffs (two additional teams per conference than 2016-2017) which will feature four rounds of play to determine the Clark Cup Champion.
The First Round of the Clark Cup Playoffs will see the top two seeds in each conference receive a bye, while seeds #3 and #4 will host best-of-three series against seeds #6 and #5 respectively. All First Round games will be hosted by the higher seed, and therefore the Steel will not host a playoff game in the First Round. If Chicago defeats Muskegon to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Steel would face #1 seed Team USA (USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program) with home and road dates to be announced prior to the series.
The Steel won the Clark Cup for the first time in team history on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, defeating the Sioux City Musketeers, 2-1 in overtime, in Game 5 of the (best-of-five) Clark Cup Final at Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Tyler Gratton scored the Cup-clinching goal at the 11:30 mark of overtime.
For more Steel information, call 855-51-STEEL, stop by the Box Office at Fox Valley Ice Arena or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.