After an exciting six and a half weeks of playoff hockey, the Chicago Steel have emerged as the USHL (Tier 1 U.S. Juniors) champions and will be bringing the Clark Cup trophy home to Fox Valley Arena in Geneva, IL for the first time in their 17 year history. They beat the Sioux City Musketeers 2-1 in an exciting game 5 overtime victory in front of the largest USHL crowd of the season with a sold out crowd of 6,309.
The Steel started the game off a bit overmatched being outshot 18 to 3 during the first period and down 1-0 but were kept in the game by stellar goaltending from Alex Stezka. Alex finished the game stopping 45 of 46 shots he faced. The Steel were able to make it an even game in the second and third periods evening up the shot count in those two periods 19 to 21. Eduards Tralmaks scored his 10th goal of the playoffs, assisted by Marc Johnstone and Jack Badini, evening up the score with 4:33 left in the second period. Eleven and a half minutes into overtime, 18-year-old Tyler Gratton (committed to Penn State) was able to score his first goal of the playoffs, assisted by Graham Lillibridge and Austen Long, to seal the win for the Steel.
Eduards Tralmark was named MVP of the tournament after scoring 10 goals in 14 playoff games.
The 2017/18 season will start again with the defense of the Cup in October.