GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN — Seven unanswered goals from the Chicago Steel erased a 3-1 second period Green Bay lead en route to a dominating 8-3 win Friday night at Resch Center. Chicago (33-19-2-0, 68 pts.) saw seven different players score in the win and were backstopped by a 20-save performance from goaltender Justin Robbins. The Quinnipiac University commit picked up his 23rd win of the season Friday night, breaking the previous Steel single-season record of 22.
Chicago opened the scoring as right wing Sam Colangelo picked up his first career USHL point midway through the first period. The Northeastern commit finished off a broken back-and-forth passing play with left wing Gunnarwolfe Fontaine as he blew a wrist shot past the blocker of Gamblers goaltender Maxsim Zhukov.
The Gamblers (15-30-6-3, 39 pts.) answered back late in the period as forwards Luke Mylymok and Tyler Spott each struck for a goal in the final 2:11 of the first, both assisted by forward Dylan Wendt.
The first period ended with a scrum at the final whistle that resulted in a Green Bay powerplay to open the second period. Chicago killed the initial penalty, but 41 seconds later a tripping call sent the Gamblers back to the man-advantage. Green Bay forward Austin Heidemann notched his 14th goal of the season, sending a backhanded pass towards the net that bounced off a Chicago skater and into the net.
From that point on, it was all Chicago. It began with a powerplay goal that kicked off a burst of three goals in 3:02. Steel center Jake Schmaltz wound up with the initial tally, but the play was made by right wing Mathieu De St. Phalle who showed patience in moving around multiple defenders. The University of Wisconsin commit then fed a pass to defenseman Owen Power whose shot hit Zhukov and sailed into the air, deflecting off the chest of Schmaltz and over the goal line.
Steel center Josiah Slavin finished off a passing clinic from left wing Robert Mastrosimone and right wing Adam Robbins moments later to make it a 3-3 game. The assist extended Mastrosimone’s point streak to eight games (6-6-12) and Robbins’ to three (0-3-3). The goal was Slavin’s third in two games against Green Bay this week and gives him seven points (5-2-7) in his last seven games.
Chicago regained the lead for the first time since opening the scoring midway through the first when center Cole Quisenberry pounded home a loose puck to Zhukov’s left. Chicago left wing Josh Groll caused pressure behind the net as Green Bay tried to clear its zone, but the attempt bounced off the end boards to Quisenberry’s stick.
The Steel then struck for their fourth and fifth goals of the period in the final six minutes of the period as left wings Christian Sarlo and Travis Treloar scored their 11th and 14th goals of the season, respectively. Sarlo finished off a net-front scramble while Treloar’s goal came as a result of hustling down the side boards before cutting to the slot where he fired a heavy wrist shot over the glove of Zhukov. The goal was Treloar’s fifth of the season against the Gamblers.
Chicago added a pair of goals in the third period as Schamltz picked up his second of the game before defenseman Luke Reid netted his first career USHL goal late in the third.
In addition to setting the single-season wins mark, the victory was Robbins’ 31st career win, moving him into sole possession of second place all-time in team history.
The Steel close the three-game week on Sunday for Daddy Daughter Princess Day featuring Rapunzel presented by Wausau Homes North Aurora in a 3:05 p.m. faceoff against the Lincoln Stars. Sunday’s game is a Steel Family Pack as fans can purchase four tickets, hot dogs, sodas and chuck-a-pucks starting at just $48. The Steel Family Pack must be purchased in advance and is not available on the day of the game. Fans are invited to stick around after the game to Skate with the Steel.
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.
For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.