Sports stats

 Chicago Steel

Sigurdson Secures Win in USHL Debut

February 18, 2024 - United States Hockey League (USHL)
Chicago Steel News Release

GENEVA, IL - A three-point effort from Michael Hage and a 37-save performance by Quentin Sigurdson in his USHL debut helped the Chicago Steel (19-19-3-3, 44 pts.) knock off the Madison Capitols (18-18-4-2, 42 pts.) 3-1 at Fox Valley Ice Arena Sunday afternoon.

Michael Hage scored his team-leading 22nd and 23rd goals, the second coming on the power play.

Charlie Major added an empty-net goal, his 21st tally of the year, to cap off a thrilling weekend.

Skating in his first game in the USHL, recently acquired goaltender Quentin Sigurdson made 37 saves on 38 shots to record his first career win in the league.

Chicago earned five out of a possible six points over a three game home weekend, moving past Madison into fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 18 games remaining in the regular season.

The opening 20 minutes of Sunday afternoon's action went scoreless, much in part to Sigurdson, who stopped all 13 Madison shots in the first period, including a breakaway save on Capitols' leading scorer Austin Burnevik, plus another stop on a three-on-one chance.

The Steel took a penalty late in the first period but 0:28 after the penalty expired, the Steel created their own opportunity.

Hage worked out of the Steel zone while outskating the first Madison forechecker. The shifty forward worked around another defender just inside the Capitols blue line and tucked the puck around Capitols goaltender Carsen Musser to add another highlight-reel goal to his list this season.

The Steel lead stood for five minutes, as another penalty gave Madison's man advantage the chance to work for the tying goal.

Just before the penalty expired, a swarm of bodies crowded the puck in front of Sigurdson's crease.

Andrew Kuzma managed to wrestle the rubber free and send a backhand shot past the outstretched trapper of Sigurdson for a power play goal that tied the game at one.

Chicago went shorthanded another two times in the second period but successfully killed each.

With the game tied at one, Madison took its second penalty of the game just before the halfway point of the third period.

The Steel established a forecheck in the attacking zone and Chris Able skated towards the faceoff circles from the left point, opening a lane for Hage to rip a wrist shot through traffic and past Musser for a power play goal and his second score of the game.

The power play goal was Hage's fourth of the season, and the eventual game-winning goal, also his fourth on the year.

Madison brought on an extra attacker on with under two minutes left in the third, but Sigurdson and the Steel held steady and cleared the zone, allowing Major to race down the ice and sweep the puck into the open net to put the game to bed.

The Steel will pack their bags and head to Ohio to take on the Youngstown Phantoms on Friday, February 23 at 7:05 pm CT and Saturday, February 24 at 6:05 pm CT.

After a game in Green Bay on Friday, March 1, the Steel will return home for a pair of games against the Omaha Lancers.

Saturday, March 2 is the team's annual Wiener Dog Races presented by PetSuites at 7:05 pm CT.

On Sunday, March 3, the Steel host Dr. Seuss Day. It's also a Steel Family Pack game where fans can get four tickets, hot dogs, chips, sodas/waters and chuck-a-pucks for just $60.

Single game tickets are on sale now starting at just $10. All Steel tickets are digital and fans are encouraged to purchase online in advance at

For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit

Chicago Steel Upcoming Schedule presented by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush:

Friday, February 23 at Youngstown Phantoms (7:05 pm ET)

Saturday, February 24 at Youngstown Phantoms (7:05 pm ET)

Friday, March 1 at Green Bay Gamblers (7:05 pm CT)

• Discuss this story on the United States Hockey League message board...

United States Hockey League Stories from February 18, 2024

The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.

Other Recent Chicago Steel Stories

Sports Statistics from the Stats Crew
OurSports Central