GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Steel fell in overtime for the second consecutive game this time to the Madison Capitols in a back-and-forth 5-4 game Friday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Despite four goals from four different scorers, the Steel (34-19-4-0, 72 pts.) could not find the overtime winner against the Capitols (14-37-4-2, 34 pts.).
After losing a 1-0 thriller Wednesday in Cedar Rapids, Chicago opened the scoring less than a minute into the contest as left wing Robert Mastrosimone netted his 29th goal of the season with a breakaway goal. The Boston University commit was sprung by a bank pass off the boards from his defensive zone that set up Mastrosimone’s backhand-forehand move to beat Madison goaltender Garrett MacKay.
Madison scored back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead midway through the opening frame as forwards Skylar Gutierrez and Kristoof Papp each registered a goal. Papp’s goal extended his point streak to six games (2-6-8) and was his first of the season against Chicago.
The Steel answered back mere minutes after the Capitols took the lead when USHL leading scorer Nick Abruzzese struck on the powerplay for his 26th goal of the season. The Harvard University commit sent a heavy wrist shot from the slot past the blocker of MacKay as he took advantage of a net-front screen from center Josiah Slavin after a perfect set-up pass from defenseman Matteo Pietroniro.
Madison jumped in front 3-2 midway through the game on a powerplay goal as defenseman Christian Berger struck for his sixth goal of the season and third in his last three games. The Capitols then killed off a pair of Steel powerplays to maintain their lead until right wing Sam Colangelo struck for his third goal of the season to tie things at three with three minutes remaining in the second period. The Northeastern University commit corralled a loose puck at the faceoff dot to MacKay’s left where he settled it and fired a wrist shot to the upper corner of the net.
In the third period, Chicago took a brief lead when Neil Shea scored an unassisted goal with a great individual effort that led to the tally, but Madison answered back 27 seconds later, tying the game on an Alex Mella goal.
Mastrosimone nearly found his second goal of the game 25 seconds into overtime but his breakaway shot hit the post. Shea and Colangelo skated in on a 2-on-0 midway through the overtime frame but a Shea pass escaped Colangelo and resulted in Madison forward Lucas Hermann collecting the loose puck and skating down the ice where he fired the game-winning goal past the glove of Chicago goaltender Reilly Herbst.
The Steel are back in action Saturday night for Animal House Anniversary celebration presented by Waubonsee Community College. The first 500 fans will receive a “College” t-shirt when the Steel host Waterloo. Fans are invited to break out their togas as the Steel celebrate with a Toga Dance Party set to The Isley Brothers “Shout” and a timely Celebrity Get Into College Relay Race. The “College” t-shirt is modled after the shirt worn by John Belushi’s character Bluto from the classic 1978 film.
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.