GENEVA, ILLINOIS —Steel forward Sean Farrell tallied three assists to become the second player in USHL history to reach the 100-point mark in a single season as the Chicago Steel (38-11-3-2; 81 pts.) concluded the 2020-2021 regular season with a 5-1 victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks (34-16-2-2; 72 pts.) at Fox Valley Ice Arena on Saturday night.
Farrell finished the season with 101 points (29G, 72A) in 53 games played. The Harvard University commit owns the USHL record for helpers in a single season and ranks second all-time in single-season points, three shy of the record 104 points accumulated by Kevin Roy for the Lincoln Stars in 59 games, six more than Farrell, during the 2011-2012 season.
This season, Farrell became the Steel all-time leader in both single-season and career points and assists.
Saturday marked Chicago’s eighth straight victory as it closes out the regular season and heads into the Clark Cup Playoffs as the top overall seed.
Matt Coronato scored twice and David Ma, Andon Cerbone and Erik Middendorf added markers in the 5-1 victory on Saturday night. Coronato finishes the regular season as the USHL’s top goal scorer with 48 goals.
Chicago netminder Nick Haas turned away 21 shots to earn his 11th victory between the Steel pipes.
The Lumberjacks scored first as Quinn Hutson made a move to his backhand less than a minute into the game. The goal was Hutson’s second of the weekend and 16th of the season.
Steel defenseman David Ma evened the score at 1-1 midway through the first with his third marker of the season. Farrell gathered a loose puck and entered the Steel offensive zone on the right-wing boards, pulling up and threading a pass to Ma, trailing behind the play. Ma gained ground into the slot and put his wrister past Lumberjacks netminder Jan Skorpik, giving Farrell his 99th point of the season.
Farrell teamed up with the USHL leader in goals, Matt Coronato, to reach the 100-point plateau in the second period. After winning a battle in the left corner of the Steel zone, Farrell dished the puck to his fellow Harvard University commit. Coronato made a power move to the net, sneaking a puck past Skorpik.
The Steel kept on the offensive attack, scoring three goals in the final frame to pull away.
Andon Cerbone scored his second goal of the season with a top-shelf wrister from point blank range just over a minute into the final frame.
Coronato then picked up his 48th tally to extend the lead to 4-1 as Farrell and Haas factored in with assists.
Erik Middendorf, the Steel captain, closed the scoring with his 32nd marker, tied for second-most in the USHL. Jackson Blake found Middendorf in the right circle with a cross-ice pass as Middendorf set up for the one-timer to cap the scoring.
With a final record of 38-11-3-2 (81 pts.) the Steel are the first team to reach 80 points in the standings in back-to-back seasons since the Waterloo Black Hawks accomplished the feat in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
With the Dubuque Fighting Saints’ victory over the Green Bay Gamblers, the Fighting Saints clinched the fourth and final seed in the Eastern Conference. Chicago will host the best-of-three Eastern Conference Semifinal series next weekend.
Game 1 is set for Friday, April 30 with a 7:05 pm CT puck drop. Game 2 is set for 7:05 pm CT on Saturday, May 1 with Game 3, if necessary, on Sunday, May 2 at 7:05 pm CT. All three games are presented by River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.
Tickets for next weekend’s Eastern Conference Semifinals series are on sale now by calling 855-51-STEEL, visiting ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com or at the Steel Box Office open at 10 a.m. on the day of each home game.
Chicago Steel Upcoming Games presented by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush:
Friday, April 30 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints (7:05 pm CT) Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 1 presented by River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Saturday, May 1 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints (7:05 pm CT) Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 2 presented by River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
*Sunday, May 2 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints (7:05 pm CT) Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 3 presented by River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.