Steel Defeat Gamblers 4-3 in a Shootout
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - A heart-pounding, back-and-forth contest fittingly concluded with a shootout as the Chicago Steel (2-1-0-0, 4 pts.) defeated the Green Bay Gamblers (3-1-0-1, 7 pts.) by a 4-3 final at Resch Center in Wisconsin on Saturday night.
After two games of high-flying offense to open the season, the Steel enjoyed a standout performance from Nick Haas between the Steel pipes. The Buffalo, New York, native stopped 34 Gamblers shots in his USHL debut including both shots he faced in the shootout.
Haas was put to the test early and often, and while Green Bay registered just eight shots in the first period, a number of them were grade 'A' chances.
Early in the 1st Period, a golden opportunity for the Steel came with two of the three top scorers on the team, Sean Farrell and Mackie Samoskevich, zeroing in on the Green Bay net. Farrell tossed a puck from the left-wing boards to the slot where Samoskevich fired a shot high as the game remained scoreless.
In the very next sequence, Haas was met on the doorstep with a handful of chances for the Gamblers, keeping the scoreboard clean for the time being.
Steel defenseman Luca Fantilli stamped his presence on the game early with a huge, open-ice hit in the Steel defensive zone.
After over 11 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Gamblers broke the tie. Jesse Tucker popped the Steel net on an odd-man rush, his first marker of the season.
Steel forward Adam Robbins was quick to retaliate on the scoreboard for the visitors. The Chicago alternate captain got his chance with a Gamblers defender hanging on his back, flipping a puck on net and picking up his own rebound to even up the score at 1-1.
Chicago defenseman Anthony Dowd notched his first career USHL marker and it couldn't have come at a better time for his team. After Matt Coronato gained the offensive zone, he gave up the puck to Erik Middendorf near the goal line. Middendorf made a full 180-degree, spin-o-rama pass to find Dowd on the doorstep, pushing the game to a 2-1 score.
The second period reached a frantic pace with both teams trading chances and it showed in the box score. Chicago recorded 17 shots on goal in the middle frame while Green Bay charted 15 shots.
After falling down by one, Cam Thiesing continued his big scoring weekend as the Green Bay forward tucked home a rebound following an initial Nick Haas blocker save, his third goal in the last two contests.
The 2-2 tie was broken by another Steel defenseman, Jack Babbage, on a power play extending his goal streak to three games. The Tully, New, York native lasered home a wrister from just inside the right point, capturing a 3-2 edge for the Steel heading into the final frame.
The Gamblers took control of the 3rd Period in the early going. Green Bay, which has yet to lose in regulation at Resch Center this season, tied the game at 3-3 when Ryan Greene beat Haas on a point-blank shot just two minutes into the frame.
Despite each team earning man advantage chances over the last 18 minutes, neither club could break the 3-3 tie, sending the weekend finale into overtime.
Haas once again stood tall in the Chicago crease in overtime, stopping all five shots in the frame to send his Steel debut to a shootout.
After failed attempts by each team, Matt Coronato scored for the Steel with a rocket wrister. Haas then made his final stop on Alex Servagno and with the game on his stick, Sean Farrell roofed the game winner on Davis' blocker side.
The Steel collected all four possible points from the weekend set with the Gamblers, improving their record to 2-1-0-0 (4 pts.) on the season.
Chicago returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 25 against the Gamblers in a week-night matchup slated for a 7:05 pm CT puck drop. Following the clash at Resch Center, the Steel finish the month of November with back-to-back games at home against Team USA. Friday, Nov. 27 against the U17s will start at 7:05 pm CT as well as the Saturday tilt against the U18s.
Chicago Steel games may be heard on Mixlr at http://mixlr.com/chicago-steel/ (AUDIO) and video may be streamed on available devices through HockeyTV at www.hockeytv.com (VIDEO). Chicago Steel Upcoming Games: Wednesday, November 25 @ Green Bay Gamblers (7:05 pm CT) Friday, November 27 vs. Team USA (U17) (7:05 pm CT) Saturday, November 28 vs. Team USA (U18) (7:05 pm CT)
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