Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Gamblers Win Clark Cup
Tonight, May 12th, 2010, is the night that will live in history as the night the Green Bay Gamblers were crowned as the 30th winners of the Clark Cup in the USHL. The Gamblers came back from a 2-0 Force series lead to win the deciding fifth game of the series with a score of 5-3. Scoring goals for the Gamblers were playoff MVP Anders Lee, Robert Francis, Ryan Furne, and Sean Little, who scored his only goal of the playoffs when it counted most, the series winning goal.
Scoring for the Force were stars Garrett Allen and Matt Leitner, with Joe Rehkamp adding another tally in Fargo's losing effort. The Force battled hard in this series, and it would be completely unfair to say they gave away the series. The Gamblers simply took the series after battling the Force in game three to a triple overtime win. Both teams played very well and it was one of the best Clark Cup Championship series I've seen in a long time.
The deciding factor in this series however, was the goalies. Steve Summerhays is obviously a top tier goaltender, but Fargo's Ryan Massa has to be given major credit for allowing his team to go this far into the playoffs. Summerhays had great stats through the playoffs, posting a 9-3 record with a 2.22 GAA and .909 SV%. On the other side of the center line, Massa also willed his team to many victories through the playoffs posting a 8-5 record, with a 2.43 GAA and .918 SV% in the 2010 playoffs. Oh yeah, and he scored a goal.
Congrats to both teams on a wonderful series, but a special congratulations to the Green Bay Gamblers, your 2010 Clark Cup Champions.
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