YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — Steel forward Matt Coronato registered his fifth multi-goal game of the season with two markers including a power-play tally to win the game in overtime and the Chicago Steel (22-8-2-0; 46 pts.) prevailed 5-4 against the Youngstown Phantoms (6-16-3-1; 16 pts.) at Covelli Centre on Saturday night.
The game began with a stagnant opening frame with no goals produced by either team. The clubs were credited with just nine shots on goal combined as neither team could sustain momentum during the first.
Nick Haas made 25 stops to reach the double-digit plateau in wins. The Buffalo, N.Y., native is now 10-4-0-0, one of just five netminders to earn 10 wins in the USHL this season.
Sean Farrell, the USHL’s leading scorer, rang a shot off the crossbar during Chicago’s first power play of the contest, the best chance for the Steel in a slow and scoreless first period which saw the Steel outshoot the Phantoms 6-3.
Youngstown broke the scoreless tie with a goal from Yusaku Ando as he benefitted from a wraparound attempt from Cole Burtch. After the right-handed Burtch slipped the puck in front of the net, Ando tapped in his fourth goal of the season to put the Phantoms ahead early in the second period.
The Steel took the lead with back-to-back goals separated by just over three minutes of game play.
Adam Robbins tallied his sixth of the year on his second scoring attempt during a shift in the middle frame. Moments after sending a shot just wide, the Princeton University-bound forward collected a rebound in the slot and spun a shot past Phantoms netminder Mattias Sholl to tie the game at 1-1.
Steel defenseman Ian Moore showed impressive offensive skill for his fifth marker of the year. The Harvard University-bound blueliner gathered a pass from Dawson Pasternak on his own blueline and circled the left side of the offensive zone. Moore lifted a backhander from almost no angle to the top shelf past Sholl.
The Phantoms answered with two goals of their own to reclaim the lead heading into the final period in regulation.
Riley Duran tied the game for Youngstown with nine minutes left in the second before Mike Brown netted his third goal of the season on a power play just short of two minutes after Duran’s tally.
As the third period began, the Steel were quick to respond with a marker from defenseman Jack Babbage.
The Tully, N.Y., native collected a long pass as Erik Middendorf connected with Babbage from below the Steel end line to just below the blue line in the offensive zone. For the second straight night, Babbage ripped home a long-distance wrister, his sixth goal of the season.
Coronato continued his torrid goal-scoring pace during a special teams chance late in the third. Just as a 4-on-4 stretch expired, Coronato picked off a pass in the Steel defensive zone and broke free gaining a one-on-one chance against Sholl. Coronato fired a wrister home to put the Steel ahead 4-3.
The Youngstown power play gave the team life with a second marker on the man advantage. Will Hillman was unchecked in front of the net as he was stopped initially by Haas but followed up his own rebound chance, flipping home the game-tying goal with just under five minutes to play.
Although no late goals came in regulation, an important moment occurred late in the third when Phantoms forward Winter Wallace was whistled for a cross-checking infraction, resulting in the Steel starting overtime with a 4-on-3 advantage.
After winning the faceoff, Chicago gained the offensive zone to set up the second-ranked power play unit in the USHL.
Ryan Ufko worked the puck to Middendorf on the doorstep who fed the puck to Sean Farrell who held tight in the high slot. Farrell fed a pass to the left circle where Coronato one-timed the puck, beating Sholl’s blocker and earning the extra point in the standings for the Steel.
Despite being outshot 29-22 through regulation and overtime, Chicago extended its record against Youngstown to 7-1-0-0 in eight matchups this season.
The Steel return to Michigan to conclude the weekend against Team USA (U17) on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 6:00 pm CT, the club’s third game in as many days.
Chicago Steel Upcoming Games presented by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush:
Sunday, February 21 at Team USA (U17) (6:00 pm CT)
Friday, February 26 at Des Moines Buccaneers (7:00 pm CT)
Saturday, February 27 at Waterloo Black Hawks (6:05 pm CT)
For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.