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WEEKLY PREVIEW: HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE CELEBRATION THIS SATURDAY

By Chicago Steel, 11/20/19, 10:00AM CST

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Chicago Steel to host celebration of inclusion on Nov. 23

GENEVA, ILLINOIS — In a celebration of the sport, the Chicago Steel will host ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ Night on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Fox Valley Ice Arena.  After the game, fans will be able to participate in an Xfinity Skate with the Steel.

The Steel (12-3-1-0, 25 pts) play in a home-and-home set against the Madison Capitols (2-13-1-0, 5 pts) this weekend, the third and fourth of eight matchups this season between the two clubs, with the Steel holding a 2-0-0-0 edge in the regular-season series.

After the road contest at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena on Fri., Nov. 22, the Steel return home for the celebration of inclusion which features a ceremonial puck drop and intermission scrimmage with Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey and a girls youth hockey skills challenge during the second intermission.  Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey is dedicated to providing children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey.

During the game, the Steel will recognize 2019 Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Rich Jecmen, head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks Warriors, a team for disabled veterans.  Rich has dedicated the past 12 years to disabled hockey.

During the Xfinity Skate with the Steel after the game, fans will have the opportunity to take the ice and get autographs from the entire Steel team.

Chicago carries a five-game win streak into the weekend’s games, including two victories against the Sioux City Musketeers on Nov. 16 & 17. Brendan Brisson was awarded USHL Forward of the Week for his performance in the wins, tallying two goals and a helper in a 6-3 victory on Friday and adding a helper on the game-tying goal in a 3-2 overtime win the following afternoon. The forward now has 18 points (8G, 10A) this season, the most among league rookies.

Chicago forward Sean Farrell leads the league with 23 points (7G, 16A) in 16 games while goaltender Victor Ostman shares the top spot in the USHL for most wins by a goaltender with a record of 8-2-0-0 this season.

Madison’s leading scorer, Carson Bantle, has 16 points (7G, 9A) in as many games this year. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound forward is just four points shy of matching his 2018-19 season total of 20 points (10G, 10A) accumulated through 62 contests. Bantle was rated as a ‘C’-level prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s most recent watch list on Nov. 11. Between the pipes for the Capitols, Simon Latkoczy has registered 342 total saves, the most of any USHL netminder this season. The native of Trencin, Slovakia, has totaled a 2-9-0-0 record with a 4.26 goals-against average and a save percentage of .879.

These two teams met two weeks ago with Chicago winning in Madison 3-1 on Fri. Nov. 8 before capturing a 9-1 decision at home on Sat. Nov. 9.

After the contests against Madison, the Steel play host to the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Fri., Nov. 29 with Turtle Races presented by Hickory Knolls Discovery Center and Raising Cane’s Kid’s Day with a special 6:05 p.m. puck drop for Black Friday.

Chicago Steel games may be heard on Mixlr at http://mixlr.com/chicago-steel/ (AUDIO) and video may be streamed on available devices through HockeyTV at www.hockeytv.com (VIDEO).

LAST WEEK

Saturday, November 16 at Sioux City Musketeers W, 6-3; Postgame Central

Sunday, November 17 at Sioux City Musketeers OTW, 3-2; Postgame Central

Chicago Steel Upcoming Home Games:

Saturday, November 23 vs. Madison Capitols 7:05 pm (Hockey is for Everyone, Xfinity Skate with the Steel)

Friday, November 29 vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks 6:05 pm (Turtle Races presented by Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, Raising Cane’s Kids Day)

Friday, December 6 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 7:05 pm (Steel in Space)

For more information and to purchase Steel tickets, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.

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