GENEVA, ILLINOIS — Chicago went 5-for-11 (45.5%) on the power play in a 9-5 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms on Saturday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Six different Steel skaters notched multi-point evenings and goaltender Ian Shane turned away 27 shots in the win.
Forward Brendan Brisson tallied his first career USHL hat trick with all three goals coming with the man advantage, vaulting Chicago back into the top spot in the league with the man advantage.
Head Coach Brock Sheahan noted special teams as the difference-maker in the win.
“I thought both units (power play and penalty kill) did a really good job,” said Sheahan. “I was really proud of the guys, the way that they played. It was a tough game but our special teams were a big difference, for sure.”
The showcase from Brisson began early in the opening frame with a cross-ice feed from Matty De St. Phalle on the club’s second power play of the game, netting Chicago’s first goal of the night.
The Phantoms were quick to answer, squaring up the score at 1-1. Matthew Cassidy streaked through the neutral zone and put together a great individual effort, beating Chicago netminder Ian Shane after Shane initially got a piece of Cassidy’s shot.
Matt Coronato put a halt to the Youngstown momentum with a beautiful move, giving the Steel a 2-1 advantage. Sam Colangelo pulled up shortly after entering the Chicago offensive zone, finding Coronato who beat his defender. The Harvard-bound forward put a forehand-backhand move on Phantom goaltender Dominic Basse, tucking home his seventh marker on the year.
The newest member of the Chicago Steel, defenseman Colton Huard, didn’t take long to adjust to his new club. The Welland, Ontario, native took advantage of a feed from John Spetz, flipping home a wrister from the slot. With Huard’s goal, the Steel jumped out to a 3-1 edge.
Trevor Kuntar helped the Phantoms pull to within a goal shortly after when he beat Shane on the glove side, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
After assisting on a goal earlier in the period, Colangelo got a marker of his own. The Northeastern University commit streaked through the offensive zone, cut left to right and put a puck past Basse’s blocker side, extending the Steel lead to 4-2 before the teams headed off for the first intermission.
The middle frame began in a similar fashion to the game’s wild first period. Brisson once again found the back of the net on the power play, extending the Chicago lead to 5-2. Less than two minutes later, on a separate power play, Brisson completed the hat trick with another rocket from the right circle.
Colangelo added his second marker of the evening as he danced around Youngstown’s Artyom Borshyov on the left side and tucked home his 14th of the season.
Fontaine and Farrell each scored power play goals in the third period. Farrell was credited with a goal when his pass to the front of the net was kicked in by a Phantom skate, giving Farrell a career-high five-point night (1G, 4A).
“I think tonight everything was clicking for us, especially on the power play,” said Farrell. “Those points just seemed to come easy, getting the puck to good players and they were putting it into the net.”
At the game’s end, Youngstown tallied 60 penalty minutes to Chicago’s 12 PIMs with the Steel outshooting the Phantoms 52-32.
The teams will meet again at 3:05 pm on Sunday afternoon. Dec. 29 is the first Sunday afternoon game of the season for Chicago with a 3:05 pm puck drop for Olaf Day featuring an appearance by the snowman.
Chicago Steel Upcoming Games:
Sun., Dec. 29 vs. Youngstown Phantoms 3:05 pm (Olaf Day!, Topgolf Family Pack Day)
Thurs., Jan. 2 at Green Bay Gamblers (Dallas, TX) 7:30 pm
Fri., Jan. 3 vs. Green Bay Gamblers (Dallas, TX) 5:00 pm
For more information and to purchase Steel tickets, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.