GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Steel host a pair of home games this weekend at Fox Valley Ice Arena, kicking off St. Patrick’s Day Weekend on Friday and wearing specialty jerseys on Saturday to support the Geneva Academic Foundation. Friday is Irish Night and a Raising Cane’s Kids Day. On Saturday night, Chicago will host a Geneva Academic Foundation (GAF) Powerplay for Students: A Night to Benefit Geneva Schools presented by FONA International.
Chicago again has a chance to wrap up a berth in the Clark Cup Playoffs with a pair of wins and some help as the team’s playoff magic number is currently at five. The Steel (30-18-2-0, 62 pts.) remain in second place in the Eastern Conference with Cedar Rapids and Youngstown charging with just 12 games remaining in the regular season.
The weekend begins with Irish Night with themed promotions and music including Brian McKee, a bagpiper with the City of Chicago Pipe Band who will be performing several times during the game. For Raising Cane’s Kids Day on Friday, kids 12 and under can receive a red zone ticket, Steel drawstring backpack and Raising Cane’s kids combo card all for just $10. The Steel hope to employ the luck of the Irish as they take on the red-hot Youngstown Phantoms (27-18-1-4, 59 pts.). Youngstown comes into the weekend having won its last three games and five of the last six overall including back-to-back 3-0 shutouts in their last two road games. The Phantoms are now fourth in the Eastern Conference, just three points behind the Steel in second.
Chicago has already secured a season series victory with Youngstown and will search for its fifth win in six tries against Youngstown after winning the previous four matchups, including a 4-0 shutout of the Phantoms in the last matchup on February 2.
Friday night’s matchup features the two highest individual point totals in the USHL this season as Chicago forward Nick Abruzzese (23-43-66) and Youngstown forward Brett Murray (34-29-63) square off. Each player has scored seven points in the previous five matchups against the other. Abruzzese’s total (1-6-7) is tied for second on the team while Murray’s total (5-2-7) leads the Phantoms. Chicago will also look for offensive production from forward Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, who has a team-high eight points (6-2-8) against Youngstown, while fellow forwards Mathieu De St. Phalle (2-5-7) and Travis Treloar (1-6-7) have each registered seven points.
On Saturday night, the Steel have partnered with the Geneva Academic Foundation (GAF) and FONA International to present GAF Powerplay for Students: A Night to Benefit Geneva Schools presented by FONA International. This is the third consecutive season the Steel and FONA International will celebrate education and raise funds to benefit Geneva Schools and the Geneva Academic Foundation. When Chicago takes the ice against Dubuque, they’ll do so in specially designed GAF jerseys that will then be auctioned off through a silent auction during the game.
This season’s jerseys are primarily black with gray and white striping, as a GAF symbol sits on the shoulder and the FONA International logo is emblazoned on the chest opposite the USHL shield. All fans attending the game can receive autographs from the entire team after the game.
Chicago and Dubuque split the first two matchups of the season in a weekend home-and-home in early March that saw the home team win each game, 5-3. Saturday’s matchup is one of two remaining this regular season as the teams will meet a final time on Saturday, Apr. 6 at Mystique Ice Arena in Dubuque, Iowa.
Steel forward Robert Mastrosimone led the way against the Fighting Saints in the previous weekend matchup with a pair of multi-point performances en route to a five-point (2-3-5) weekend. Abruzzese (0-3-3) and fellow forward Neil Shea (1-2-3) each registered three points in the weekend. Dubuque forward Ty Jackson also had a five-point (1-4-5) weekend while forward Riese Gaber scored three goals in a four-point weekend. Ty’s brother Dylan pitched in a trio of assists while Dubuque leading scorer Matias Maccelli scored a goal in each matchup.
Tickets for all Steel home games are on sale now starting at just $10 and stadium seating on the glass is available for just $20. Parking is always free. The Steel offer discounted tickets for groups.
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