STEEL OPEN UP SHOP ON ROUGHRIDERS WITH 8-2 WIN FRIDAY
Dugan, Mastrosimone record four-point outings
GENEVA, ILLINOIS - Jack Dugan (2+2) and Robert Mastrosimone (1+3) each notched four-point nights as the Chicago Steel offense exploded Friday, defeating the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 8-2, at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Samuel Bucek (2+1), Graham Lillibridge (0+3) and Blake McLaughlin (1+2) registered three points apiece for the Steel (17-12-1-2, 37 pts.), while goaltender Oskar Autio made 26 saves while also recording his first career USHL assist.
The Steel recorded new single-game season highs for goals (8), power-play goals (4) and shots on goal (52).
Baker Shore opened the scoring for the Steel with a power-play goal at the 4:14 mark of the first period, firing a backdoor shot after receiving a beautiful cross-ice pass from Dugan.
Jason Polin tied the game for Cedar Rapids at 7:36 with a power-play goal from the top of the crease.
The Steel notched the game's next seven goals. Dugan raced in on a breakaway and slipped the puck under the glove of his fellow Vegas Golden Knights prospect, RoughRiders goaltender Jiri Patera, with 3:16 remaining in the first period. Chicago scored twice in the final minute of the opening frame - McLaughlin lit the lamp with a top-shelf, 4-on-4, blocker-side goal at 19:20, then Robert Mastrosimone recorded a power-play goal at 19:56. Mastrosimone's tally was a highlight-reel, one-handed deflection of a pass from Bucek, directing the puck over Patera's shoulder. Chicago carried its 4-1 lead into the first intermission, outshooting the RoughRiders by a 19-4 margin.
The Steel recorded two goals within 59 seconds in the second period, receiving tallies from Bucek at 13:08, and Dugan at 14:07. Bucek's goal was sniped past Patera's blocker off passes from Mastrosimone and Autio. Dugan's second goal of the night came from the right circle and was assisted by McLaughlin and Adam Robbins.
Mastrosimone dished out assists on two more Steel goals early in the third period. Defenseman Matteo Pietroniro blasted a shot from the high slot through traffic during a delayed call at 1:04, then Bucek scored his second of the night, this time on the power play at 3:23, putting the Steel up by seven.
Cedar Rapids' Harry Roy scored the game's final goal at the 7:10 mark.
The Steel have averaged six goals per game in five home contests so far in the new year. Dugan leads the USHL with 42 points on the season, and he and McLaughlin are tied for the Steel lead with 18 goals each, only trailing Muskegon's Anthony Del Gaizo (25). Chicago now holds a 3-1-0-0 series lead against the RoughRiders (13-14-5-1, 32 pts.) this season, with one game remaining - Saturday, March 31 at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
Saturday night, the Steel visit the Madison Capitols at 6:05 p.m. Steel games are carried live on Mixlr (free audio) and HockeyTV (iPPV). For more information, visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com/broadcast.
Chicago then returns home Sunday, Jan. 28 to conclude the three-game weekend with a 3:05 p.m. faceoff against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. It's Dr. Seuss Day and a Steel Family Sunday with the Steel Family Pack - purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas (or waters) and four chuck-a-pucks starting at just $48. The package must be purchased in advance and is not available on the day of the game. Fans are invited to stick around after the game for full-team post-game autographs!
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 855-51-STEEL, stop by the Box Office at Fox Valley Ice Arena or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.
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