SIOUX CITY, IA – The Chicago offense kicked into high-gear on Saturday night at Tyson Events Center as the Steel scored five goals in a 10 minute, 19 second stretch during the second period, propelling Chicago (11-3-1-0, 23 pts) to a 6-3 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers (7-7-0-0, 14 pts).
Brendan Brisson led the charge as he kicked off the scoring barrage with a power-play one-timer off a feed from Sean Farrell at the 6:30 mark of the second period, the first of three points (2G, 1A) on the night for the Manhattan Beach, Calif., native.
After being acquired by the Steel on Nov. 6, forward Erik Middendorf saw his first game action Saturday and immediately made his presence felt. Just 31 seconds after Brisson opened the scoring, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound forward netted the first marker with his new team at the 7:01 mark of the middle frame, helping Chicago jump out to a 2-0 lead.
The team was just getting started as Gunnarwolfe Fontaine reached the back of the net on a power play just short of four minutes after Middendorf lit the lamp, to extend the Steel advantage to three goals.
The visitors kept their foot on the gas, needing just 20 seconds after Fontaine’s power-play tally to push the lead to 4-0. Forward Josh Doan took a feed from Mackie Samoskevich with speed and beat Sioux City netminder Ethan Haider for his first USHL marker.
After the fourth Chicago goal, Haider was replaced in net for the remainder of the game by Aiden Harper.
The Musketeers got one back as Sam Stange beat Chicago netminder Victor Ostman to cut the deficit to 4-1, but the momentum would be short-lived.
Just a minute and a half later, Brisson tallied his second power-play marker of the night, capping the wild middle frame as Chicago took a 5-1 lead into the final period of play.
The scoring slowed down in the last 20 minutes as Christian Jimenez tallied a Sioux City goal with just over 13 minutes left as the home squad tried to mount a comeback.
Sean Farrell dealt the final blow as he picked his spot in the top right corner on Harper, his second point of the night.
Viktor Masilevich found the back of the crease for the Musketeers late in the third but the Steel held strong in the final minutes, sealing a 6-3 victory in the first of a two-game series in Sioux City.
After recording his season-best 31 saves in a 9-1 win over the Madison Capitols on Nov. 9, Ostman turned away 30 shots for the Steel, pushing his record to 8-2-0-0 between the pipes.
The clubs will meet again on Sunday afternoon with a 3:05 pm puck drop, the third and final regular-season meeting between the teams this season.
The Steel will be on the road for another contest in Madison against the Capitols on Fri., Nov. 22 before the squad returns to Fox Valley Ice Arena on Sat., Nov. 23 to celebrate “Hockey Is For Everyone”. After the game, fans can participate in an Xfinity Skate with the Steel.
Sun., Nov. 17 at Sioux City Musketeers 3:05 pm
Fri., Nov. 22 at Madison Capitols 7:05 pm
Sat., Nov. 23 vs. Madison Capitols 7:05 pm (Hockey is for Everyone)
For more information and to purchase Steel tickets, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.