The Steel Deal: Chicago splits weekend, big weekend ahead in playoff race

  

Chicago 3, Waterloo 1

The Chicago Steel kept up with their opponents chasing them for second place in the Eastern Conference beating the Waterloo Black Hawks 3–1. Steel goaltender Reilly Herbst stopped 36 shots to lead Chicago in Waterloo, Iowa.

The evenly matched game remained tied at 0–0 halfway through the second period. Herbst and Waterloo goaltender Jared Moe both made a few spectacular saves early on in the game. Moe, a Winnipeg Jets sixth-round draft pick in 2018, would be the first to break when forward Josiah Slavin beat Black Hawks defenseman Hank Sorensen to the outside and slipped a shot five-hole for the 1–0 Chicago lead.

The first goal, at the 16:36 mark of the second period, would be followed up less than a minute later when forward Gunnarwolfe Fontaine buried his 20th goal of the season. The goal, assisted by forward Adam Robbins, extended the Chicago lead to 2–0 as both teams went into the second intermission.

Defenseman Owen Power opened up the scoring in the third period, on the power play, beating Moe for his 10th goal of the season. Assisted by forward Mathieu De St. Phalle and Robbins, extended the Steel lead to 3–0.

Waterloo forward Ryan Drkulec beat Herbst at the 8:07 mark of the third period to cut the Steel lead to 3–1, but that would be the only goal for Waterloo. With the victory, Chicago extended their lead over Cedar Rapids and Youngstown to three points heading into their Saturday night matchup with the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

 

Dubuque 5, Chicago 0

On Saturday, Dubuque Fighting Saints goaltender Matthew Thiessen stopped a team record 44 saves in shutting out the Steel 5–0 in Dubuque, Iowa. The Vancouver Canucks draft pick stood on his head all night, stopping 31 shots through two period before whitewashing the Steel on 13 shots in the third period.

Fighting Saints forward Matias Maccelli, a potential 2019 NHL draft prospect, scored twice to reach the 30 goal mark this season. Dubuque also received goals from defenseman Chris Lipe, forward Bram Scheerer and forward Dylan Jackson.

Chicago returns to home ice on Friday, April 12 for Fan Appreciation Night for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. The Steel then finish up the regular season in Muskegon, April 13, for a 7:15 p.m. start. Chicago clings to a one-point lead for the second-place spot in the Eastern Conference, which comes with a first-round bye.

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  • #12647
    Ray Napientek
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    Chicago 3, Waterloo 1 The Chicago Steel kept up with their opponents chasing them for second place in the Eastern Conference beating the Waterloo Blac
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    One helluva game in Waterloo for the Steel.   Waterloo has the only Olympic sheet in the league and I thought the Steel would appreciate the extra ice as they are built for speed and skill and indeed that’s how it turned out.   ……. Yr in and yr out O’Handley ices a top team in this league and for decades the loud crowd, 3,000 fans, 17,827 bells, and big surface makes Waterloo the toughest building in the league.   Really a very big win for the Steel.

    As is often the case this yr back up Rielly Herbst gets the Waterloos, Tri Citys and Muskegons (top clubs) when he does start, some who follow closely think #1 Robbins gets sheltered starts to a degree, and was solid in this game.  Worth noting that Orland Park kid Dman Hunter Carrick dressed for the first time as a Steel.  IIRC he came over in the Slavin deal so he’s been a Steel for over a month.

    Then off to Dubuque and Robbins takes the 5-0 loss.   Simply said the Steel ran into a white hot goalie Matt Thiessen as they outshot the Saints 44-21 including firing 19 shots in the 2nd.  …. Big picture though when your goalie only stops 16 of 21 shots you ain’t gonna win many, so if you’re ever gonna get stoned by a hot goalie this was the game to do it……….. Worth noting Christian Sarlo fired 7 shots to lead the Steel.  An in season call up the kid has game and has improved each month IMO.  For about the last 5 games coach Moore, who has the same lines once every 729 games, has had Sarlo on line 1 with Shea and Abruzzuse between them.  Nice mix on that line, I like it.

    Final weekend coming up.   Steel control their destiny for 2nd place and the bye that comes with it but a lot can happen.   Steel have 74 points, Youngstown and Cedar Rapids 73 and all 3 play two this weekend.

    Steel play Central Illinois at home Friday and have gone 4-2 vs them then to Muskegon to end the regular season.   Steel are 1-4 vs the Jacks this yr.

     

    #12684
    Ray Napientek
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    Mister Ricochet

    I’ll see you on Friday!

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