Steel Fall in Preseason Shootout to Muskegon
MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN - Steel forward Jack Harvey tallied a four-point (3G, 1A) game, factoring in on every Steel point while netminder Nick Haas shined in the crease, making 37 stops through regulation and overtime, as the Chicago Steel were defeated 5-4 in a shootout by the Muskegon Lumberjacks in preseason action at Mercy Health Arena Wednesday in Michigan.
Each team notched a pair of goals in both the first and second frames and were held off the scoreboard until Philip Tresca registered the shootout winner for the home team.
The Steel were the first to the scoreboard after forward Michael Emerson drew a tripping call against the Lumberjacks in the opening frame.
During the ensuing power play, Andon Cerbone slipped down the left side of the Steel offensive zone, flipping a cross-crease pass to Harvey who connected on a one-timer from close range.
Adam Fantilli, Chicago's top returning point-getter from the 2020-2021 season, put the visitors up by a pair of goals just three minutes later. Fantilli picked up a rebound in front of the net and made a quick move to his backhand, sneaking the puck past Lumberjacks netminder Jan Skorpik.
Muskegon's offense caught fire in the final three minutes of the opening frame, fighting back to tie the game at 2-2.
Quinn Hutson put the Lumberjacks on the board with a skilled redirection in front of Haas, shortly before David Hymovitch tied the game. Those goals were separated by just 20 seconds of game action.
The Lumberjacks continued the momentum into the early part of the second period, jumping out to a two-goal lead.
Despite being turned away on a penalty shot by Haas earlier in the period, Ben Strinden made good on a breakaway opportunity, beating the Chicago netminder on the glove side midway through the frame.
The Lumberjacks stuck to the theme of quick-hitting goals as Jake Richard picked up his first marker of the exhibition slate just 45 seconds later.
Chicago clawed its way back into the game, led by Harvey who added to his multi-point night.
The Stacy, Minn., native picked up his third point of the evening with a marker as he dropped to a knee in the slot, clapping home a one-timer off a feed from Jason Marsella.
Harvey tied the game and registered a hat trick late into the middle frame as Thor Byfuglien found his teammate streaking up the left side of the offensive zone. Harvey, a Boston University commit, buried his fourth point of the game while fending off a Muskegon defenseman, evening the score at 4-4.
After a goal-filled first 40 minutes, Haas stole the show in the third for the visitors. Among his 14 stops in the final regulation frame, the most important was a beautiful glove save on Lumberjacks forward Philip Tresca. Breaking in all alone, Tresca was stoned by the left hand of Haas as the Buffalo, N.Y., native kept his team in a deadlock at 4-4 late in regulation.
Haas added a pair of saves in overtime as the teams advanced to a shootout to decide the preseason winner.
After Harvey and Lumberjacks forward Quinn Hutson both popped the back of the net, Philip Tresca ended the game in the fourth round of the shootout.
The Steel and Lumberjacks will close out the preseason on Sunday, September 19 at Mercy Health Arena with a 3:00 pm CT puck drop before both teams head to Cranberry Township, Penn., for the Dicks Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic to open the regular season on September 25.
The Steel open the home portion of the schedule on Saturday, October 2 against the Lumberjacks. Tickets are on sale now for all Steel home games in person at the Steel Box Office at Fox Valley Ice Arena, by phone at 855-51-STEEL and online at ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.
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Chicago Steel Upcoming Home Games presented by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush:
Saturday, October 2 vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks (7:05 pm CT) Opening Night with Championship Celebration presented by McCue Chevy with Post-Game Skate
Friday, October 8 vs. Team USA U17 (7:05 pm CT) Pokémon Night
Saturday, October 9 vs. Team USA U17 (7:05 pm CT) GIVEAWAY
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