McLAUGHLIN, SHORE TALLY HAT TRICKS AS STEEL OUTDUEL MUSKETEERS
GENEVA, ILLINOIS - After almost two years without a Chicago Steel player notching a hat trick, both Baker Shore and Blake McLaughlin did so Sunday, as the Steel (15-11-1-2, 33 pts.) routed the Sioux City Musketeers (11-13-3-2, 27 pts.) at Fox Valley Ice Arena.
McLaughlin added two assists for a five-point outing, while Shore's assist gave him a four-point night. Jack Dugan and Graham Lillibridge each recorded three assists.
Chicago came out flying, scoring the first four goals of the game. Jordan Seyfert opened the scoring with a beautiful wraparound tally from below the goal line at 2:38 of the first period. Seyfert raced down the right side and swooped behind the cage before flipping it over the Sioux City goaltender Matt Jurusik. The goal was the seventh of the season for the Merrimack College commit.
The Steel extended the lead to 2-0 at the 4:54 mark when Lillibridge's shot from the top of the left circle was deflected in by Shore for his 12th goal of the season.
Less than three minutes later, Lillibridge led a 2-on-1 rush into the offensive zone. The Yale commit sent a pass to the low slot and Shore redirected the puck in past Jurusik, who was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots.
The Steel tallied on their first power play of the afternoon. Relief netminder Ben Kraws dove to get a piece of McLaughlin's shot from the bottom of the left circle, but the puck trickled into the net to put the Steel up by four goals at 11:40.
The Musketeers got on the board prior to the intermission when Micah Miller put home a rebound from the side of the crease at 16:34.
Shore completed the hat trick within the first half of the game, scoring his third goal of the night at the 7:57 mark of the second period. The tally came on the power play, cashing in on a feed from Nick Abruzzese to give the Steel a 5-1 lead.
McLaughlin then put the Steel ahead 6-1 at 6:03 of the third period. The University of Minnesota commit skated into the right circle and sniped a shot past Kraws' glove during 4-on-4 action.
After a Parker Ford goal for Sioux City, Shore's chance at a fourth goal was denied by defenseman Brady Ferner in front of an empty Sioux City net, but McLaughlin jammed in the rebound for his third of the game.
Sioux City outshot Chicago, 36-31. The Steel went 2-for-5 on the power play and killed off all five Musketeers man advantages. The last time a Steel player recorded a hat trick prior to Sunday was March 11, 2016, when Austen Long did so at home against Team USA.
Chicago hosts a pair of games next weekend against Eastern Conference foes. The Steel face the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Friday, Jan. 19, and Team USA (U18) on Saturday, Jan. 20. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.
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