GENEVA, ILLINOIS – Six different players recorded goals for Chicago Saturday as the Steel (3-0-0-0) defeated the Dubuque Fighting Saints (2-1-0-0) at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Adam Karashik, Reggie Lutz and Baker Shore each tallied their first career USHL goal in the victory, while netminder Tommy Nappier picked up his second victory in as many nights. Following Saturday’s action, Chicago is the only remaining unbeated team in the United States Hockey League.
It was a busy first period as Regen Cavanugh struck first for Dubuque with a low shot from the slot at 6:14. Just over two minutes later, Jacob Semik snuck a shot from the right point past Nappier, giving the Fighting Saints a two-goal lead at 8:20.
The Steel immediately responded. Just 11 seconds after Semik’s tally, Lutz jammed in a feed from Jake Jaremko to get Chicago on the board. Chicago then tied the game when Matt Kiersted’s point shot was lifted home by Mitch Lewandowski at 12:59. The 2-2 tie was carried into the first intermission, and Chicago led in shots, 13-8.
The second period was just as busy as the first, including Castor making a huge pad save to deny Chicago’s Mikael Hakkarainen, who was all alone in front. Chicago’s first lead of the game would come at 5:17 when Shore lifted a backhanded shot in front.
Dubuque was able to tie the game with a power play one-timer from Patrick Kudla at the right point, blasting the puck over Nappier’s shoulder at 15:20. It was the first power play goal against Chicago this season. However, the tie lasted less than three minutes. Karashik rushed in on the left wing and sent a shot through Castor’s five-hole to give Chicago a 4-3 lead at 18:14.
Chicago kept the lead in the third and never looked back. Walker Duehr tallied his second goal is as many nights when he picked up a turnover at the offensive blue line and skated to the hash marks to send one past the glove side of Castor at 8:05. With time running out, Dubuque pulled their goalie in favor of an extra attacker. After his initial shot at the empty net from the blue line hit the post, Greg Printz tried again from the left wall and connected for his fourth goal of the season, giving Chicago a 6-3 win on home ice.
Jaremko (0+2), Karashik (1+1), Kiersted (0+2) and Shore (1+1) each recorded two points on the night, while Nappier made 25 saves. Chicago has kept their opponents under 30 shots in each game this season, including 28 tonight from Dubuque.
Chicago’s lone game next weekend is a home contest Saturday, Oct. 8 vs. Bloomington at 7:05 p.m. CDT. It’s Pucks & Pups Night presented by WoofBeach, as fans can bring their dogs to the game! For tickets or more information, stop by the Box Office inside Fox Valley Ice Arena, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.