SIOUX CITY, IA – The Steel never led in Sunday afternoon’s matchup against the Sioux City Musketeers (7-8-0-0, 14 pts) until Sam Colangelo tucked home the overtime-game winner to seal a four-point weekend for Chicago.
It was the Musketeers who started the afternoon with a jump, kicking off the game’s scoring. Forward Ray Christy gathered a puck in front of Chicago netminder Ian Shane and went forehand-backhand to reach the back of the net, putting the home team in front 1-0 almost halfway through the opening period.
Although Christy’s goal was the only tally in the opening frame, the home squad seemed to keep control of the game through the first 20 minutes, outshooting the Steel by a 10-5 margin despite Sioux City playing its third game in as many days.
Chicago started the middle frame on the penalty kill, the third power play of the contest for Sioux City. The Steel fought off the disadvantage but couldn’t seem to gain any momentum until the middle of the period.
Sioux City forward Josh Nixon was called for hooking at the 11:08 mark, sending the Steel to their first power play of the period. The team couldn’t break through but Musketeer Tommy Pasanen was sent to the box with seven seconds left on the original penalty, giving the Steel an abbreviated 5-on-3 opportunity.
This time, they were able to take advantage. Owen Power fired a shot from the right circle and Chicago’s leading goal-scorer, Matty De St. Phalle, was in a perfect spot in front of the net to tip in his 11th tally of the year.
Moments later, Sioux City forward Ian Malcolmson drove to the net and was able to beat Shane for his third goal of the season, once again grabbing a one-goal lead for the home squad.
The final frame began with the Steel trailing 2-1 and the Musketeers owning a 21-15 advantage in shots.
The Steel had to wait until the 8:19 mark of the final regulation frame for that elusive second goal, but veteran Tyler Carpenter settled into his office right in front of the net on a power play and tied the game when he got a piece of a John Spetz one-timer.
Sioux City was back on their heels for the final minutes of regulation as the Steel turned the tables and churned out 14 shots on goal compared to six from the Musketeers in the final frame.
The 3-on-3 overtime period started with Sioux City putting two shots on goal before a reversal play missed its target near the Musketeers’ offensive blue line. Sam Colangelo picked up the loose puck and carried it into the Musketeers zone, holding off a Sioux City defender and waiting out Haider to win the game for Chicago.
With the overtime victory, Chicago pushed its record to 12-3-1-0 (25 pts), the team’s best start through 16 games since the 2016-17 campaign (12-2-1-1, 26 pts).
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”, a 7:05 p.m. start as they host the Capitols. After the game, fans can participate in an Xfinity Skate with the Steel.
Fri., Nov. 22 at Madison Capitols 7:05 pm
Sat., Nov. 23 vs. Madison Capitols 7:05 pm (Hockey is for Everyone, Xfinity Skate with the Steel)
Fri., Nov. 29 vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks 6:05 pm (Turtle Races presented by Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, Raising Cane’s Kids Day)
For more information and to purchase Steel tickets, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.