Steel Edge Omaha 5-4 In Overtime, Stretch Win Streak To 12 Games
GENEVA, ILLINOIS - The Chicago Steel (26-4-1-0, 53 pts) fought their way back from three separate one-goal deficits to capture a 5-4 overtime victory against the Omaha Lancers (15-11- 5-0, 35 pts) on Friday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena.
Sean Farrell, the USHL leader in points, tallied the game-winner 49 seconds into the extra session after Omaha had tied the game late in regulation. The win extended Chicago's franchise-record win streak to 12 games as Victor Ostman turned away 25 shots to push his record to 17-3-0-0 between the Steel pipes.
The Steel were in control early as the Lancers sat without a shot on goal halfway through the first period, but it was Omaha who reached the scoreboard first.
Former Steel forward Matthew Sutton was the recipient of a feed from Brian Silver, popping the back of the net to put the Lancers ahead 1-0.
Steel defenseman Jack Babbage tallied his fourth goal of the year and tied up the contest when he flipped a puck home from the left point. Babbage used a screen from Matty De St. Phalle to his advantage as Omaha netminder Kyle McClellan never saw the shot attempt.
The visiting team took the momentum back following Babbage's tally as Jack Jensen put the Lancers in front once again, extending his point streak to five games with his fourth marker of the season.
Chicago looked like it would be trailing at the break before the club took to the power play with 26 seconds left in the frame.
Farrell tipped in a beautiful feed from Brendan Brisson to tie the game at 2-2 with under a second to go in the period.
Following intermission, another former member of the Steel, Cole Kodsi, gave the Lancers a 3-2 edge just 30 seconds into the second period, beating Chicago goaltender Victor Ostman.
Physical play took center stage in the middle frame as a skirmish spilled into a corner early in the period. After the officials sorted out the penalties, Brendan Brisson headed to the box for Chicago and Omaha skaters Nash Nienhuis and Zach Plucinski were both escorted off, resulting in a Steel power play.
Chicago fought its way back to even up the odds for a third game-tying goal as the Steel power play expired. De St. Phalle got his stick on a pass from Owen Power, deflecting home his teamleading 19th marker of the season. Following the goal, Omaha replaced netminders as Kyle McClellan was pulled for Jakub Dobes.
The final regulation frame began with the score knotted up at 3-3 and held until halfway through the third when Steel blueliner Luke Reid circled the net, cutting from the end line to the front of the net and tucked home his second goal of the season to grab the first lead of the contest for the home team.
Just as the Steel had fought back in the previous two periods, the Lancers weren't quite finished. After a flurry of saves by Ostman in the final five minutes, Alex Campbell carried the puck down the left side of the Omaha offensive zone and fired home his ninth of the season with just 17 seconds left to play, forcing overtime.
The 3-on-3 overtime frame didn't last long as Brisson and Farrell connected once again, this time for the game winner. Brisson drew two Lancer defenders in the offensive zone and dropped a pass for Farrell who found enough space in the slot to beat Dobes' high on his blocker side.
"I saw Brendan coming in and he made a really good move to the middle and then just dropped it off to me," said Farrell. "I had all the room in the world to pick my spot."
The teams will meet again at Fox Valley Ice Arena on Sat., Jan. 18 for a 7:05 puck drop, the clubs' final meeting of the regular season.
Saturday's contest features a Year 2000 Rusty bobblehead doll giveaway for the first 500 fans in attendance at Fox Valley Ice Arena.
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:
Sat., Jan. 18 vs. Omaha Lancers 7:05 pm (Year 2000 Rusty Bobblehead Giveaway)
Sat., Jan. 25 at Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 7:05 pm
Sun., Jan. 26 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3:05 pm (Rusty's birthday with intermission mascot hockey game, Topgolf Family Pack, full-team postgame autographs)
For more information and to purchase Steel tickets, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.
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