The Indiana Ice are on the verge of the Clark Cup championship after a 4-1 Game 3 win over Waterloo Friday night at Pan Am Pavilion.
Tyler Pham scored the game's first goal and assisted on Patrick Newell's goal that proved to be the game-winner in the first period.
"We wanted to get shots on their net," Pham commented after his two-point evening. "In the third period, we played really smart with the lead and had great puck management."
Mitch Hults and Scott Conway also scored for the Ice. Hults' goal came on the power play and Conway's clincher was scored into an empty net with 1:43 to play.
Jason Pawloski stopped 27 shots to give Indiana a shot to win the USHL champion on home ice Saturday. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. at Pan Am Pavilion.
"We had to fight off some penalties but I have to give all the credit to the guys in front of me," Pawloski stated after improving his 1:43 goals against average in the win. "The guys keep most of the shots from the sides and covered me if I made a mistake."