Sixteen goals too much for Green Bay as Chicago sweeps in Wisconsin


The Chicago Steel swept the Green Bay Gamblers this past weekend with two victories in Wisconsin. On Friday, Chicago stormed out to an early lead and then poured it on late for a 7–3 victory. The following night, Chicago destroyed the home team 9–3 behind a hat trick by forward Matt Coronato.

On Friday, Chicago fell behind early 1–0 before scoring three straight goals to take a 3–1 lead into the first intermission. Forwards Sean Farrell, Quinn Finley and defenseman Ian Moore each beat Gambler goaltender Matt Davis.

The Gamblers would level the score in the second period at 3–3 with two power play goals. With the score tied, Chicago goaltender Simon Latkoczy would not allow another shot behind him in stopping 33 shots total in the victory.

In the third period, Chicago took back the lead when forward Josh Doan netted his 16th goal of the season. Scottsdale, Arizona, native Erik Middendorf would score on the power play for his team-leading 20th goal this season, extending the Chicago lead to two goals. Chicago rounded out the evening with goals from forwards Jack Babbage and Andon Cerbone to cap off the 7–3 thrashing in Green Bay. The goal gave Cerbone his first of his USHL career.

On Saturday, Chicago used a six-goal first period to jump out to a 6–2 lead after one period of play. Coronato, Middendorf and forward Jack Bar all scored on Davis, who would be pulled after making one save on four shots.

Green Bay beat Chicago goaltender Nick Haas to shorten the Chicago lead to 3–1 before Moore, Sean Farrell and Coronato would all find the back of the net to give Chicago a five-goal cushion at 6–1 going into the first intermission.

Coronato would score his 22nd goal of the season, the lone goal in the second period, when he beat Green Bay goaltender Aaron Randazzo early in the second period. The goal capped off a hat trick for Coronato on the night.

With the 7–2 lead moving into the third period, Chicago scored twice to extend their lead to 9–2 when Anthony Fantilli scored two goals within two minutes. With the pair of goals, Fantilli now has seven goals on the season.

Haas stopped 18 shots in the victory.

Chicago will be back in action at Fox Valley Ice Arena when the Des Moines Buccaneers come to town on Thursday for a 3:05 p.m. CST puck drop. Over the weekend, the Steel will host the Dubuque Fighting Saints for a back-to-back affair starting on Saturday with a 7:05 p.m. CST start, followed by a 3:05 p.m. puck drop on Sunday.

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