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Black Hawks fall short of Clark Cup 5-2 to Green Bay


Sam Herr broke a 1-1 tie with a breakaway goal 11:51 into the second period, putting the Green Bay Gamblers ahead for good en route to a 5-2 win against the Waterloo Black Hawks in Game Five of the USHL Clark Cup Championship series Wednesday at the Resch Center.

The win gave Green Bay the series, three-games-to-two, and the venerable Clark Cup trophy, which dates back to the Midwest Junior Hockey League of the 1970's.  They claim the trophy for the fourth time in franchise history and the second in the last three years.  The Hawks fell one win shy of the title, in spite of winning more playoff games in 2012 (10) than in any other single playoff year.

Herr's goal was scored just 1:14 after Alex Barron had evened the matchup on a blast from the left wing circle, set up by defense partner Mitch Witek.  After Green Bay retook the lead, Ville Jarvelainen notched the tally which proved to be the game-winner at 13:46, redirecting a shot taken from the left wing boards by Peter Maric.

In the third, the Gamblers added two more scores, the first by Nolan LaPorte to the top corner at 9:42, then another when Alex Broadhurst found an empty net during a Waterloo power play at 13:21.  Jamie Hill got one back, banking in a shot from behind the Green Bay net with 49.7 seconds remaining.  Max Hartner had punched in the opening goal of the game at 16:04 of the first period.

For the fifth time in the series, the home team finished the contest with more shots on goal.  The Gamblers put 33 chances toward the Waterloo net, while the Hawks had 24.  Ryan McKay earned his ninth win of the playoffs with 22 saves, while Stephon Williams made 28 stops at the other end of the rink.

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