BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS – Walker Duehr created a turnover and recorded the unassisted overtime game-winner Friday as the Chicago Steel (2-0-0-0) defeated the Bloomington Thunder (0-1-1-0) at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Greg Printz scored his third goal of the season and Tommy Nappier recorded 25 saves for a win in his first USHL game.
In the first period, Bloomington struck early as Sean Harrison received a centering pass from Cameron Burke and shot one from the low slot past the glove of Chicago goaltender Tommy Nappier at 4:30. Despite leading in shots 9-7, the Steel trailed 1-0 at the first intermission.
Chicago evened up the score late in the second period. Baker Shore retrieved a bouncing puck and fed it to the crease, where Printz buried a backhanded rebound past Bloomington netminder Halladay at 14:17. Shore’s assist was the first point of his USHL career. The Steel outshot the Thunder 11-7 in the middle frame as the game remained tied at the second intermission.
Neither team was able to light the lamp in a busy third period, sending the game to overtime. During three-on-three play in the extra session, Duehr stole the puck inside the Bloomington blue line from Thunder defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk. The Steel winger skated toward the net and buried a wrist shot past Halladay’s glove, earning the 2-1 victory at 5:41.
The Steel return home Saturday to host the only other unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference, the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Faceoff is at 7:05 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans in attendance receive a complimentary 2016-2017 Chicago Steel Magnet Schedule. For more information or to purchase tickets, stop by the box office inside Fox Valley Ice Arena, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.