GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Steel fought back from a two-goal deficit on Saturday night to beat the Madison Capitols (2-15-1-0, 5 pts) by a 7-4 margin at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Scoring four third period goals to earn the victory, Chicago (14-3-1-0, 29 pts) extended its win streak to seven games.
The first period action was all packed into the final eight minutes of the frame with four total goals scored in that stretch.
Chicago rookie forward Liam Devlin helped the home team reach the scoreboard first with a marker at the 13:49 mark of the opening frame. John Jaworski found Devlin in front of the net for a tap-in goal, beating Madison netminder Simon Latkoczy to put the Steel up 1-0.
In a quick turnaround, Capitols forward Reid Pabich snapped a shot past Chicago goaltender Victor Ostman to even the score less than a minute later. It was Pabich’s first goal of the evening.
Palatine native Tyler Carpenter found his happy place in front of the net on the power play and was able to get his stick on a rocket shot from defenseman Uula Ruikka, beating Latkoczy to the top left corner. The marker extended Carpenter’s point streak to five games (3G, 3A).
Pabich brought his team back to tie the game at 2-2 with his fifth goal of the season late in the opening frame. The Verona, Wis., native found the back of the net when he pick-pocketed Owen Power behind the Chicago net and tucked a shot behind Ostman with just 28 seconds on the clock.
The teams were deadlocked at two after the first period, but Madison jumped in front just 30 seconds into the middle frame. Hunter Weiss lobbed a pass to Ricky Lyle, just behind the Chicago blueline and the forward tucked home his second marker of the season, the third Madison goal of the evening, putting the Caps in front by a 3-2 edge.
Carson Bantle continued the Madison momentum as he barely got a shot off from the right circle before Matty De St. Phalle could lift his stick, ringing the cage for a two-goal lead for the visitors.
The Steel were able to fight off a scare when Erik Middendorf took an interference penalty sending the Capitols to a man advantage at the 12:22 mark of the second, already down 4-2. The Steel killed off the majority of the penalty, then capitalized on a golden chance while still down a man.
Jaworski chased down a zone clearance off the stick of defenseman Uula Ruikka, beating Madison blueliner Branden Suter to the puck. Josh Doan followed up the pressure and sniped his second goal of the year and his fifth point (2G, 3A) in the last three games.
The goal at the 14:14 mark of the second seemed to be the injection of life Chicago needed to get back into the game.
Just like the Capitols had begun the middle frame, the Steel countered with their own hot start to the third period.
Gunnarwolfe Fontaine picked up a loose puck at the blueline and came down the slot, tucking home the game-tying goal.
“I didn’t see any of my teammates with me, so I just wanted to use the D as a screen and try to get a puck on net because the goalie kind of seemed like he was fighting the puck a little bit, so it just squeaked through and I’m happy about it,” said Fontaine.
Exactly one minute after Fontaine tied the game, Matt Coronato put his team in front with his fourth marker of the season, beating Latkoczy on his blocker side. After Coronato’s goal, the Steel wouldn’t look back.
“Coming out in the third and taking the lead, that was great. Great job by the boys getting going in-between periods, getting fired up and I think that was a really big thing for us,” said Coronato.
Brendan Brisson made it four unanswered goals when he was able to tee up a one-timer from Fontaine on the power play from the right circle, extending the lead to 6-4.
Brisson was one of four rookies to score in the win, a performance from the young guns that head coach Greg Moore took note of.
“Those guys: Doaner, Jaworski, Devlin, those guys absolutely worked tonight. They helped our team get moving in the right direction at the right time when needed,” said Moore.
Defenseman John Spetz put the icing on the cake when he found the unguarded cage from his own defensive zone with just over two minutes left, sealing the 7-4 win for Chicago.
In his ninth win of the season, Chicago netminder Victor Ostman turned away 14 shots.
The Steel return to action the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 29, for Turtle Races presented by Hickory Knolls Discovery Center and Raising Cane’s Kids Day. The matchup against the Muskegon Lumberjacks is slated for a 6:05 pm puck drop at Fox Valley Ice Arena.
Chicago Steel Upcoming Games:
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
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.