Photo by Rena Laverty
PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Team USA has advanced to the USHL's Clark Cup Playoffs for the second straight year and will take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in a first-round, best-of-three matchup that begins tonight (April 15) at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (see full series schedule below).
Photos by Rena Laverty
During the USHL regular season, the U.S. National Under-18 and U.S. National Under-17 Teams both play games against USHL squads and their combined record makes up Team USA in the standings. The U.S. National Under-17 Team will represent the NTDP in the Clark Cup Playoffs.
Game 1: April 15, 2019, vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders | Cedar Rapids Ice Arena | 8:05 p.m. ET
Game 2: April 16, 2019, vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders | Cedar Rapids Ice Arena | 8:05 p.m. ET
Game 3 (if necessary): April 17, 2019, vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders | Cedar Rapids Ice Arena | 8:05 p.m. ET
To read full NTDP Playoff notebook, click here.
The first round is a best-of-three series, with the higher seed hosting all three games. The conference semifinals, conference finals, and Clark Cup Final will all be best-of-five series. The top two seeds in both the Eastern and Western Conference received a first-round bye and will begin their playoff seasons in the conference semifinals. All first-round games will be broadcast live on ushl.hockeytv.com.
NOTE: Team USA has made three previous trips to the USHL playoffs since entering the league in 2009, including 2018, 2012 and 2011.