Chicago defeats Waterloo 5–1 with five-goal second period


The Chicago Steel (14–3–2–0) defeated the Waterloo Black Hawks (6–11–0–0) 5–1 on Saturday behind a 25-save performance by Chicago Steel goaltender Nicholas Haas. With the victory, Chicago extended their current winning streak to three games while posting a solid 7–1–2–0 in their past 10 contests.

Waterloo jumped ahead of Chicago at the 14:08 mark of the first period when Wyatt Schingoethe scored his fourth goal of the season. The University of Denver commit found a loose puck in front of Haas after a few clearing attempts by Chicago failed. The 1–0 lead would be the last marker for the visitors on the night.

Chicago would take full advantage of the long change in the second period by netting five goals behind Waterloo goalkeeper Charlie Glockner in a span of 11 minutes.

Michigan State University commit Erik Middendorf started the barrage with his fourth goal of the season at the 7:10 mark of the period. The game-tying goal was assisted by forward Sean Farrell, who had three points on the evening, and defenseman Ian Moore. Middendorf charged hard to the net on a short 3-on-2 break and pounded home a Farrell rebound in front.

Moore would gave Chicago the lead for good at the 13:04 mark beating Glockner five-hole after a nice feed from Middendorf. With the score now 2–1 in Chicago’s favor, the Steel had outshot the Black Hawks 17–4 at this point in the contest. Forward Matt Coronato also assisted on the goal.

Lucas Fantilli scored his first USHL goal when he fired a wrist shot from the point that found the top corner behind Glockner glove side. The goal came at the 15:17 mark of the middle frame with assists from Aaron Dowd and forward Nick Moldenhauer in his first game with the Steel.

Chicago would tack on two more goals from Farrell, a draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens. With two markers, Farrell now has 12 goals on the season. Foothill Ranch, California, native Colton Huard assisted on both goals, while Coronato added an assist on the fourth goal of the game.

Chicago outshot Waterloo 34–26 on the evening.

Chicago is back on the ice for a three-games-in-as-many-nights series against the Youngstown Phantoms. On Friday and Saturday, Chicago will be in Ohio for 7:05 p.m. EST puck drops. On Sunday, Chicago will host the Phantoms at Fox Valley Ice Arena for a 3:05 p.m. CST start.

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