Coronato and Farrell Set Steel Franchise Records
URBANDALE, IOWA - Matt Coronato and Sean Farrell became Steel all-time leaders in goals and assists, respectively, in Chicago's highly entertaining 8-7 overtime victory Friday night at Buccaneer Arena in Urbandale, Iowa.
With two markers, Coronato reached 48 goals for his career, passing Robert Mastrosimone (Steel 2017- 2019) as the club's all-time leading goal scorer.
Farrell charted a pair of helpers to tie and pass Dan Charleston (Steel 2002-2005) for the most assists in franchise history. The Montreal Canadiens prospect now has 84 helpers in 77 career games with the Steel.
Josh Doan lit the lamp in overtime as the Chicago Steel (24-8-2-0; 50 pts.) outlasted the Des Moines Buccaneers (16-11-4-0; 36 pts.) 8-7.
In a high-scoring, back-and-forth battle, both teams recorded stretches of three goals in under two minutes before the overtime frame was needed to determine the winner.
The Buccaneers started the game with a fortunate bounce just over half-minute into game action. Zach Faremouth threw a puck towards the Steel net from the bottom of the right circle.
The puck ricocheted off Steel defenseman Ian Moore past netminder Simon Latkoczy for the night's first goal.
Just as the game's first power play for Chicago expired, the Steel found the back of the net when Erik Middendorf gathered a drop pass and found Ryan Ufko on the doorstep a moment later. Ufko tapped home a point-blank marker, his ninth of the season.
Faremouth tallied his second goal of the night to make it 2-1 Des Moines before Chicago's offense erupted.
The Steel concluded the opening frame on an offensive tear, netting three markers in a span of just over 90 seconds.
Coronato tallied his first goal of the night with a wrister that was lasered past Des Moines netminder Remington Keopple on a power play.
After Coronato tied the game at 2-2, Sean Farrell and Adam Fantilli tallied goals within six seconds of each other.
Farrell chased down a puck that was cleared from the Chicago defensive zone, catching up to Buccaneers blueliner John Prokop at the red line and taking the puck away in the process.
Farrell breezed down the right side of the offensive zone and beat Keopple through the five hole for his 19th of the year.
On the ensuing faceoff, Fantilli hounded a Buccaneers defenseman, lifting the puck and breaking in with pressure on his back. A wrist shot from the left-handed Fantilli lit the lamp and gave the Steel a 4-2 lead, capping a three-goal stretch in 1:37.
The second period began with Steel history as Coronato took a pass from Luca Fantilli with speed to gain the blue line. Coronato, the Harvard University-bound forward, powered his way toward the net, tucking home his record-breaking 48th career goal.
The Buccaneers answered in powerful fashion after falling behind 5-2.
Zach Urdahl, Sam Renlund and Paul Davey teamed up to tally a marker apiece within a 90- second span.
The trio of tallies brought the Buccaneers from a 5-2 deficit at the 4:36 mark of the middle frame to a 5-5 tie at the 7:21 mark of the second.
Later in the period, Steel defenseman Jack Babbage halted the offensive barrage from the Buccaneers as he powered home a rebound to put the Steel ahead 6-5 as Farrell collected his first helper of the night.
Des Moines used the start of the third period to jump back in front with two early markers.
Michael Bevilacqua netted his second of the season before Faremouth ripped home a wrister for his first career USHL hat trick.
Chicago trailed 7-6 heading into the home stretch at a raucous Buccaneer Arena.
Just past the halfway point of the final frame, Farrell set his mark with a helper on Sam Lipkin's first USHL goal. Farrell picked up a puck in the offensive zone and drew the Des Moines defense to the left side of the crease, leaving Lipkin alone in front for the tap-in to tie the game at 7-7.
With the score fittingly knotted up at the end of regulation, the non-conference foes ventured into the extra frame.
Three minutes passed by with both teams putting together quality scoring chances before Josh Doan exploded with speed out of his own defensive zone. Ufko hit Doan with a pass and the pair went on a 2-on-1 towards Keopple in the Buccaneers net. Doan released the game-winning shot, beating Keopple on his glove side to cap a thrilling Friday night battle.
Steel goaltender Simon Latkoczy made a season-best 34 saves to earn the win, improving his record to 4-2-0-0.
Chicago travels to Waterloo for a Saturday night clash with the Black Hawks at 6:05 pm CT as it continues its stretch of eight straight road games.
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Chicago Steel Upcoming Games presented by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush:
Saturday, February 27 at Waterloo Black Hawks (6:05 pm CT)
Friday, March 5 at Muskegon Lumberjacks (6:00 pm CT)
Saturday, March 6 at Muskegon Lumberjacks (6:00 pm CT)
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