GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Steel (1-0-0-0) opened up the 2016-2017 regular season with a 4-0 shutout of the Green Bay Gamblers (1-1-0-0) Saturday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Greg Printz and Wyatt Aamodt each recorded two-point games while netminder Ales Stezka registered a 24-save shutout in his Steel debut.
The Steel struck early in the first period when Mitch Lewandowski made a pass from the left point to the crease where Johnny Walker blasted one past Green Bay goaltender David Hrenak at 1:15. Chicago held onto the 1-0 lead at the first intermission, leading in shots 10-7.
In the second period, Reggie Lutz gave Chicago a two-goal lead by bouncing a shot past Hrenak at 10:08. About six minutes later, Greg Printz dropped a pass for Jack Badini, whose shot rebounded to the far post, and Printz buried a backhanded shot to make it 3-0.
The Steel began the third period with a five-minute power play, cashing in at the 2:47 mark when Stezka sent a pass to Aamodt, who then set up Printz for his second of the night, making the game 4-0. Green Bay outshot Chicago 11-7 in the third period, but Stezka held his ground in net, securing the victory and his second career USHL shutout.
The Steel head downstate to Bloomington on Friday for a road game at the Thunder, then return home Saturday, Oct. 1 to host the defending Eastern Conference Champion Dubuque Fighting Saints. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a complimentary magnet schedule. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Steel box office inside Fox Valley Ice Arena, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.