Steel Ride Five-Goal Second to 5-1 Win over Waterloo
GENEVA, ILLINOIS - The Chicago Steel (14-3-2-0; 30 pts.) scored five goals during a 12 minute, second period span and defeated the Waterloo Black Hawks (6-11-0-0; 12 pts) 5-1 on Saturday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena, the club's third win in a row.
Steel defenseman Luca Fantilli scored his first USHL goal while Sean Farrell (2G, 1A), Ian Moore (1G, 1A), Erik Middendorf (1G, 1A), Colton Huard (2A) and Matt Coronato (2A) each registered multi-point performances in the win.
Goaltender Nick Haas turned away 25 Waterloo shots to improve his record to 8-1-0-0 between the Steel pipes in 9 performances this season.
In the only contest of the weekend for Chicago, the first period began with the ice tilted in favor of the Black Hawks and an Illinois native struck first for the visitors.
Waterloo forward Wyatt Schingoethe, an Algonquin native, netted his fourth goal of the season with just under five minutes remaining in the first.
Schingoethe's tally was the only shot to beat Haas on the night as the goalie matched his season best with just one goal allowed.
Middendorf set the tone for a massive second period for the Steel. After Farrell ripped a wrister from the right circle that was turned away by Waterloo netminder Charlie Glockner, a juicy rebound bounced directly to Middendorf who tucked home his 16th goal of the year, one shy of Coronato for the team lead.
Middendorf, a Michigan State commit, made his offensive presence felt just six minutes later when he found Moore cutting to the net. Moore lost his defender and gathered the puck from his backhand to his forehand to let go a wrister that gave the Steel the lead for the first time.
Chicago began to separate from its opponent late in the middle frame.
Steel defenseman Luca Fantilli extended the lead to 3-1 for his club when he unleashed a wrister from the blueline. Forward Dylan Robbins screened Glockner who never saw the shot as it popped the back of the net.
The marker was Fantilli's first as a member of the Steel, adding to his five helpers on the year.
Farrell, already with one assist, added to his point total with two goals separated by just over two minutes. His first marker of the matchup capped a dizzying sequence in the Steel offensive zone. Coronato and Colton Huard both controlled the puck before Huard dropped a pass for Farrell at the top of the right circle. Farrell traced the outside of the circle and beat Glockner.
With the assist on the third Chicago goal, Coronato extended his USHL record points streak to 28 games. Both he and Middendorf have registered at least a point in all 19 games this season.
Farrell did the work himself for the fifth Chicago goal of the game. The Harvard-bound skater lifted a puck from Black Hawks forward Zach Michaelis and was off to the races, scoring on a breakaway to seal the five-goal middle frame for Chicago.
Steel defenseman Ryan Ufko, who provided a solid defensive presence all night, set a physical tone early in the third period. The UMass Amherst-bound defenseman measured up a Waterloo forward and leaned in with a hip check that sent Owen Ozar flying, eventually landing flat on his back.
Even as the game turned to a physical side with 64 combined penalty minutes in the final frame, the Chicago defensive core withstood 11 third period shots from the Black Hawks.
With the 5-1 win, the Steel became the second team in the USHL (Fargo) to reach the 30-point mark in the standings and stand alone atop the Eastern Conference.
Chicago returns to action with three games in as many days against the Youngstown Phantoms at Covelli Centre in Ohio. Starting with a Friday night matchup at 6:05 pm CT on Jan. 22, the Steel and Phantoms rematch at the same time on Saturday, Jan. 23 and finish the weekend with a 3:05 pm CT puck drop on Sunday, Jan. 24.
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 presented by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush:
Friday, January 22 at Youngstown Phantoms (6:05 pm CT)
Saturday, January 23 at Youngstown Phantoms (6:05 pm CT)
Sunday, January 24 at Youngstown Phantoms (3:05 pm CT)
For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.
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