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Postgame Central vs. Madison Capitols: March 12, 2022

By Chicago Steel, 03/12/22, 10:30PM CST

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GENEVA, ILLINOIS — In a heart-pounding affair, the Chicago Steel (29-11-7-1; 66 pts.) fought back from a 2-1 deficit third period deficit with four unanswered goals to earn a 5-2 win over the Madison Capitols (24-24-2-0; 50 pts.) Saturday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena, the team’s second win in as many nights on home ice.

The Steel scored three power play goals including the eventual game-winner from Adam Fantilli along with markers from Nick Moldenhauer and Luca Fantilli. Jake Livanavage and Jackson Blake each added goals in the victory while Gibson Homer improved his record to 12-5-6-0 between the Steel pipes.

The first period passed without a goal but not without opportunities for both clubs.

Early in the period, Capitols defenseman Ben Dexheimer rang a shot off the post.  As the seconds ticked down in the opening frame, Steel blueliners Lukas Gustafsson and Shawn Ramsey both had shots blocked by Madison skaters, closing out the scoreless first.

The Steel were first to break the scoring drought, capitalizing on a 5-minute major infraction for checking from behind on Madison. With just two seconds left in the man advantage, Luca Fantilli fed a puck to Andon Cerbone who was denied by Capitols netminder Simon Latkoczy. After the stop, Nick Moldenhauer collected the puck and beat Latkoczy, giving Moldenhauer his fifth goal in his last four games.

Madison turned the special teams battle in its favor with a pair of power play markers to claim the lead before the end of the middle frame.

Just past the midway point of the period, Capitols defenseman Nick Wallace had a shot blocked by Steel defenseman Hunter McDonald, rebounding right to the stick of Jake Dunlap who slid the puck past Steel goaltender Gibson Homer.

The unfortunate bounces bit the Steel once more with less than a minute to play in the second. On a man advantage, Madison forward Nick Desantis tossed a puck to the front of the net, hitting a Steel stick and directing past Homer to put the Capitols in front for the first time in the game, a 2-1 edge.

Chicago kept the game close until the final half of the third period before separating from the Capitols.

Jake Livanavage began the barrage with a wrister from the right circle after the Steel controlled possession in the offensive zone for an extended shift.  It was Livanavage’s third goal of the season.

With special teams making the difference, Chicago went on a 5-on-3 power play late in the game with the score knotted up at 2-2.

Just before the first infraction expired, Adam Fantilli teed off on a one-time feed from Livanavage to put the Steel ahead 3-2 with his league-leading 30th goal of the season.

Just over 20 seconds later, Luca Fantilli joined his brother in the goal column rocketing a wrister from the slot, Chicago’s third power play tally of the game.

The Steel held Madison to just eight shots in the final frame as Jackson Blake finished the night with an empty-net goal, giving Chicago a 5-2 victory.

With the win, Chicago sealed back-to-back victories on home ice for the first time since Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, 2021.

Next weekend begins a stretch of five games over nine days for Chicago. The Steel play a road contest against Madison on Friday, March 18 at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena in Wisconsin and conclude the weekend with matchups against the Youngstown Phantoms on Saturday, March 19 at 7:05 pm and Sunday, March 20 at 3:05 pm CT.

Saturday’s game is Military Appreciation Night presented by McCue Chevy with special online jersey auction to benefit Wounded Warrior Project.  The auction runs March 17-24.  Sunday, March 20 is Daddy Daughter Princess Day featuring Cinderella and a Steel Family Pack Game, a special ticket deal with four tickets, four hot dogs, four chips, four sodas/waters and four chuck-a-pucks for just $50.

Steel single-game tickets start at just $10 and are available in person at the Steel Box Office at Fox Valley Ice Arena, by phone at 855-51-STEEL and online at chicagosteelhockeyteam.com.  The Steel offer single-game ticket discounts for kids 12 and under and military.

Steel games may be heard on Mixlr at http://mixlr.com/chicago-steel/ (AUDIO) and video may be streamed on available devices through HockeyTV at www.hockeytv.com (VIDEO).

For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.

Chicago Steel Upcoming Home Games presented by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush:

Saturday, March 19 vs. Youngstown Phantoms (7:05 pm CT) Military Appreciation Night presented by McCue Chevy with special jersey auction to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Sunday, March 20 vs. Youngstown Phantoms (3:05 pm CT) Daddy Daughter Princess Day featuring Cinderella | Steel Family Pack Game

Thursday, March 24 vs. Youngstown Phantoms (7:05 pm CT)

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Moldenhauer - 7:55 (2nd Period)

Livanavage - 9:43 (3rd Period)

A. Fantilli - 13:11 (3rd Period)

L. Fantilli - 13:35 (3rd Period)