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2018 Clark Cup Playoff Hub

By Jordan Kuhns, 04/03/18, 12:00PM CDT



The Dubuque Fighting Saints have clinched a spot in the 2018 Clark Cup Playoffs! This marks the eighth consecutive season the team has accomplished this feat. No other team in the USHL has an active streak that long.

The 2017–2018 season marks a return to the six-team playoff field in the USHL. The top two seeds in either conference will have a first-round bye. The third seed in each conference will take on the sixth seed, and the fourth seed will take on the fifth seed in a best-of-three series, all hosted by the higher seed.

The playoff hub will be updated with each series, and details about each team competing for the Clark Cup.


Game 1: Dubuque @ Youngstown - 4/20 | L 3-1
Game 2: Dubuque @ Youngstown - 4/21 | L 3-2
Game 3: Youngstown @ Dubuque - 4/24 | L 3-0


#1 Team USA vs. #6 Chicago Steel
Series tied 1-1

#2 Youngstown Phantoms vs. #5 Dubuque Fighting Saints
YNG wins series 3-0

#1 Waterloo Black Hawks vs. #5 Lincoln Stars
WAT leads series 2-1

#2 Omaha Lancers vs. #3 Fargo Force
FGO wins series 3-1


#3 Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. #6 Chicago Steel
CHI wins series 2-0

#4 Green Bay Gamblers vs. #5 Dubuque Fighting Saints
DBQ wins series 2-0

#3 Fargo Force vs. #6 Tri-City Storm
FGO wins series 2-0

#4 Sioux Falls Stampede vs. #5 Lincoln Stars
LIN wins series 2-1


USHL Standings
USHL Twitter

Fighting Saints Twitter


#1 - Team USA NTDP (41-18-1) | 83 pts
HC: John Wroblewski (2nd season)
vs. DBQ: 3-0-0
GF: 269 (5.25) GA: 171 (3.18) PP: 23.2% PK: 81.4%

#2 - Youngstown Phantoms (33-20-7) | 73 pts
HC: Brad Patterson (3rd season)
vs. DBQ: 3-1-0
GF: 175 (2.97) GA: 186 (3.15) PP: 20.2% PK: 82.9%

#6 - Chicago Steel (28-25-7) | 63 pts
HC: Ryan Cruthers (1st season)
vs. DBQ: 4-0-0
GF: 217 (3.68) GA: 217 (3.68) PP: 21.5% PK: 80.6%


1. Where are we in the playoffs right now?
The Fighting Saints have been eliminated in the playoffs.

2. Who will Dubuque play in the playoffs?
The Fighting Saints have completed a series with Youngstown.

3. How many teams have made the playoffs? Who remains?
Six teams from each conference will take part in the Clark Cup Playoffs.

4. What is the playoff format?
The playoff format has changed this season. The top two seeds in the Eastern and Western Conference will receive a first-round bye. The third seed will host the sixth seed, and the fourth seed will host the fifth seed in a three-game, play-in series starting on Monday, April 16, and ending on Wednesday, April 18.

The conference semifinals, conference finals, and Clark Cup Final will all return to the five-game series, but the middle two rounds will have weekday games. Only the Clark Cup Final will return to playing on weekends, with a potential decisive Game 5 tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 22.

All overtimes are played sudden-death style, with continuous 20-minute periods until a winner is decided by the first goal scored.

5. Are playoff tickets included in my Season Ticket package?
Yes! If you are a full season ticket member, the first two games of the playoffs are included in your ticket package. The Pay-As-We-Play program is available to both season ticket members and regular customers alike. The deadline to secure your spot is April 14. Stop by the season ticket renewal table at each remaining home game or the Dubuque Fighting Saints office during regular business hours.

6. How do I get playoff tickets?
Playoff tickets will go on sale at a later date. Group rates start with just 10 or more fans. Call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go online to and be part of the home-ice advantage!

NOTE: All tickets for Clark Cup Final games increase by $2.00 per ticket unless you are signed up for Pay As We Play.

Box Office Hours:

Monday - Friday (game week): 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.