The Tri City Storm completed a three game sweep of the Dubuque Fighting Saints with a 4-1 home win on Friday, May 14th to capture their first Clark Cup in team history. Tri City got major contributions all season and into the playoffs from former Bruins Nico Sturm and Jake Kielly.
Sturm, a native of Augsburg, Germany, played the 2014-15 season with the Bruins putting up 41 points in 53 games, 3rd on the team. He made a successful jump to the USHL where he posted 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) in 57 regular season games, including a team leading 10 power play goals. Sturm added 3 goals and 3 assists through his first five playoff games before sitting for the rest of the playoffs.
Kielly, from nearby Eden Prairie, MN, played 32 games with the Bruins in 2014-15, going 20-5-6 and took the reigns with the Storm this year, en route to a banner season in the USHL. Kielly posted the 6th best goals against average (2.33) and save percentage (.919) in the league, while leading all postseason goaltenders with a 1.64 GAA and a .950 save percentage, picking up all 9 wins (including 3 shutouts) along the way to the title.
Both Sturm and Kielly are committed to Clarkson University's NCAA DI program. The Storm swept the Sioux Falls Stamplede in round one, topped the Waterloo Blackhawks in five games in round two, and then swept Dubuque for the title.