Jimmy Dowd, Jr. leads the Chicago Steel over the weekend


The Chicago Steel beat the Madison Capitols 4–0 behind the stellar goaltending by Victor Ostman on Friday only to fall to the Des Moines Buccaneers 7–6 the following night. Jimmy Dowd, Jr. tallied two goals and three assists on the weekend.

Chicago scored all four of its goals in the second period on Friday against Madison. In the wide-open period, the Steel outshot the Capitols 17–14.

Forward Brendan Brisson scored his 18th goal of the year when beating Madison goaltender Christian Stoever. The goal was assisted by Sean Farrell and Dowd.

Less than three minutes later, Dowd buried his second goal this season. The goal extended the Chicago lead to 2–0 and put Mathieu De St. Phalle on the scoresheet with the assist.

Gunnarwolfe Fontaine and De St. Phalle scored two power play goals, extending the Chicago lead to 4–0, before the end of the period. Fontiane’s goal was his 18th of the year while De St. Phalle scored his team leading 21st goal on the season.

Ostman’s shutout came after stopping 30 shots from the Capitols. The Swedish netminder’s record now stands at 18–4–0–0 on the season.

On Saturday, Des Moines and Chicago played a back-and-forth contest that ended with Chicago scoring two goals to make things interested late only to see the Buccaneers come out of top 7–6.

Forward Matt Coronato put Chicago on the board with his 11th goal this season. The goal tied the game at 1–1 midway through the first period.

Dowd scored his third of the season right before the end of the frame. Dowd, who was all over the ice making plays, took a pass from Tyler Carpenter and beat Des Moines goaltender Cameron Rowe to tie the game at 2–2.

Defenseman John Spetz tied the game at 3–3 when he beat Rowe on a power play goal early in the second period. The goal, assisted by Brisson and Luke Reid, gave Spetz his 10th tally this season.

One more game-tying goal came when Fontiane buried a shot past Rowe at the 5:22 mark of the second period. The goal tied the score at 4–4 and would be the last time Chicago would tie the game, as the visitors scored three straight goals to take a 7–4 lead with just over eight minutes left in the contest.

Matthew Samoskevich and Farrell scored two goals 15 second apart to bring the game to 7–6 and force the visitors to hang on late, as Chicago put a barrage of shots on goal in an attempt to tie the game.

Ian Shane stopped 23 shots in the loss.

Chicago’s loss dropped the Steel to 28–7–1–0 in the Eastern Conference with a six-point lead over the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Chicago Steel upcoming games

Friday at Green Bay Gamblers 7:05 p.m.
Saturday at Green Bay Gamblers 7:05 p.m.
Sunday vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks 3:05 p.m.

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