MADISON, WISCONSIN —With five first period goals and six second period markers, the Chicago Steel (13-3-1-0) used a potent offensive attack to capture an 11-5 win over the Madison Capitols (2-14-1-0) Friday night.at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena, to notch their sixth consecutive victory.
A blistering pace was set by both teams from the jump as the Steel grabbed the first marker of the evening when defenseman Jack Babbage found the back of the net just a minute into the contest.
Ricky Lyle struck back for the Caps shortly after the initial Chicago goal. The forward notched his first tally of the season when he picked off a pass while on the penalty kill and evened the score at 1-1.
Chicago’s first two goals came from defenseman as John Spetz continued the trend for the Steel. His slap shot found the twine and the visitors found themselves in the lead for the second time in the early going with a 2-1 edge.
Gunnarwolfe Fontaine netted his second goal in his last three outings when he came down the left side wing and let go a wrister from the slot. The Steel led 3-1 at the 13:33 mark of the first after Fontaine’s ninth marker of the season.
Chicago extended its edge just four minutes later with an almost identical goal to Fontaine’s tuck. Erik Middendorf tallied his second goal as a member of the Steel, attacking down the left side and flipping a wrister home to take a 4-1 advantage.
Madison was able to slow the Steel momentum as Stepan Pokorny netted goal number seven of his season on a power play, cutting the deficit to 4-2 with just over a minute to play in the opening frame.
With just 24 seconds remaining in the first, Sam Colangelo popped the top of the Madison net to send the water bottle flying as the Steel stretched the lead to 5-2 heading into the first intermission.
Madison goaltender Simon Latkoczy replaced Garrett Mackay between the pipes after the first period and finished out the final 40 minutes of the contest.
The torrid offensive pace was upheld in the middle frame as Madison was the first to the scoreboard with their second shorthanded goal of the contest, cutting the Chicago lead to 5-3.
From there, Chicago would score six times in a span of 10:15 to put the game away. The Steel got their third goal from a defenseman on the night when Luke Reid joined the rush halfway through the middle frame. Reid carried a pass from Sean Farrell up the right side of the offensive zone and buried his first marker of the season, extending the advantage to 6-3.
History was made on Chicago’s seventh goal of the night as Farrell settled a saucer pass from De St. Phalle and beat Latkoczy to the top right corner. With the helper, De St. Phalle notched career point number 100 in the USHL.
Babbage added another goal from the defensive core as he netted a shot from the left point, giving the Tully, N.Y., native his first-career two-goal outing. With eight minutes remaining in the second period, the Steel held an 8-3 advantage.
After surrendering two shorthanded goals on this night, the Steel got one of their own as Matt Coronato was able to light the lamp on the penalty kill. The shorty was Chicago’s first of the season.
Middendorf tallied his second of the evening from down low in the offensive zone at the 19:24 mark of the second frame, giving him three goals in as many games in a Steel sweater and Chicago a 10-3 edge.
De St. Phalle added to his point total just 10 seconds after Middendorf’s tally, finishing off an odd-man rush with his 12th goal of the season, sending the teams to the second intermission with the Steel holding an 11-3 lead. Madison notched a pair of goals in the third period to cap the scoring.
Nine Steel players recorded multi-point games including Fontaine who finished with a goal and four assists in the contest, his career-high. Farrell had three assists in addition to his second period goal, and forward Brendan Brisson had three helpers in the victory. Steel netminder Ian Shane stopped 24 shots in net to pick up his fifth victory of the season.
The teams will make the trip south to Fox Valley Ice Arena for the second game in as many nights on Sat., Nov. 23. The 7:05 pm puck drop features Hockey is for Everyone Night and an Xfinity Skate With the Steel following the game action.
Chicago Steel Upcoming 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)
Saturday, November 30 at Muskegon Lumberjacks 6:05 pm
For more information and to purchase Steel tickets, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.