First-Place Steel Hit Road to Battle Conference Foe
GENEVA, ILLINOIS - The Chicago Steel (14-3-2-0; 30 pts) look to keep their spot atop the Eastern Conference of the United States Hockey League when the club travels to Ohio for a three game set with the Youngstown Phantoms this weekend.
Matt Coronato extended his USHL record point streak to 28 games with two helpers last Saturday and looks to keep it intact as the Steel visit Covelli Center.
With three road games this weekend, the Steel begin a stretch of 14 road games out of their next 19 contests into the month of March.
The Steel earned a 5-1 victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks last Saturday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Goalie Nick Haas turned away 25 shots, matching his best performance of the season with just one goal against.
Erik Middendorf kicked off the scoring spree with his 16th marker of the season, tied for the second-most in the league. Like Coronato, Middendorf has registered a point in every Steel game this season.
Sean Farrell added two goals and a helper to push his season total to 35 points (12G, 23A), second place in the USHL.
Chicago and Youngstown (4-12-0-1; 9 pts.) are in the midst of their 12-game regular season series, the most individual matchups for the Steel against any USHL team during the 2020-2021 slate.
The Steel have gone a perfect 4-0-0-0 against the Phantoms in four clashes to this point, averaging 5.00 goals per game over those contests.
Jack Silich, the only Illinois native on the Youngstown roster, has tallied one goal in four games played against the Steel this season. The Quinnipiac University commit enters the weekend series with four points (1G, 3A) over his last six performances.
Netminder Mattias Sholl has seen action in all four games versus Chicago this season. The Hermosa Beach, Calif., native has compiled a 3-10-0-0 record with a 3.70 goals-against average and .886 save percentage. Sholl is fourth in the USHL in saves this season with 342 stops over 713 minutes played, the fifth most minutes among netminders.
Three of the Phantoms four wins this season have come on home ice. Friday and Saturday's games in Youngstown are set to begin at 6:05 p.m. CT with Sunday's contest scheduled for a 3:05 pm CT puck drop.
Another three-game weekend awaits the Steel after the series against Youngstown, a road game on Friday, Jan. 29 at 6:00 pm CT against the Muskegon Lumberjacks followed by two home games on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7:05 pm CT and Sunday, Jan. 31 at 3:05 pm CT versus the Lumberjacks.
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Chicago Steel Upcoming Games presented by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush:
Friday, January 22 at Youngstown Phantoms (6:05 pm CT)
Saturday, January 23 at Youngstown Phantoms (6:05 pm CT)
Sunday, January 24 at Youngstown Phantoms (3:05 pm CT)
For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.
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