PLYMOUTH, Mich.-USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program starts its Clark Cup Playoff run this week after a first-round bye. Team USA clinched the Eastern Conference title after the Under-18 Team posted a 10-3 win against the Madison Capitols on March 15.
The Under-17 Team will skate in the USHL playoffs starting Saturday, April 21 at USA Hockey Arena against the Chicago Steel. Team USA is 4-2-0 (W-L-OTL) against the Steel this season. The Under-17 Team lost its last match-up on March 24 (9-6). Team USA holds a 29-22-7 (W-L-OTL) overall record against the Steel.
This is Team USA's first playoff appearance since the 2011-12 season while the Steel are the reigning Clark Cup Champions.
Read the full match-up preview and NTDP Notebook here.
Game 1: Saturday, April 21 (7 pm ET) at USA Hockey Arena
Game 2: Sunday, April 22 (3 pm ET) at USA Hockey Arena
Game 3: Thursday, April 26 (7 pm CT) at Fox Valley Ice Arena
Game 4 (if necessary): Friday, April 27 (7 pm CT) at Fox Valley Ice Arena
Game 5 (If necessary): Sunday, April 19 (3 pm ET) at USA Hockey Arena
Tickets for all home games are available by calling 734.453.8400, visiting the USA Hockey Arena Box Office at 14900 Beck Road, Plymouth, Michigan or by visiting USAHockeyNTDP.com/Playoffs.
NOTES: The U17s seek to record the first postseason win for the NTDP this year ... Team USA has made two previous trips to the USHL playoffs since entering the league ... Team USA made the playoffs during the 2010-11 season where they were swept in the first round by the Muskegon Lumberjacks (L, 2-0 and L, 5-2) ... Its most recent postseason experience was during the 2011-12 season when they were swept by the Dubuque Fighting Saints (L, 6-3 and L, 7-3) in the first round ... While in the regular season Team USA is a combined effort of the U17s and U18s, the playoff team will be exclusively the Under-17 Team as members of the Under-18 Team are in Russia competing for the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship.
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