CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — Birthday boy Walker Duehr tallied two goals as the Chicago Steel (13-3-1-1, 28 pts.) skated to a 4-3 victory Wednesday over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (0-15-1-1, 2 pts.) at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Chicago’s Jack Badini recorded the game-winning goal as well as an assist. The Steel held off a late comeback attempt from the RoughRiders, which included an extra-attacker goal in the final minute. With the win, Chicago improves to 4-0-0-0 against Cedar Rapids this season.
Duehr celebrated his 19th birthday by opening up the game’s scoring at the 3:53 mark. Jake Jaremko connected a pass to Duehr, who fired a shot from the top of the slot that beat RoughRiders netminder Drew DeRidder on the blocker side.
Cedar Rapids answered back later in the period when defenseman Jakub Sirota slapped a one-timer from the top of the right circle at 13:04. The RoughRiders then took the lead, taking advantage of the first period’s only power play. Former Steel forward Bobby Hampton fired a wrister through traffic and over the glove of Chicago goalie Tommy Nappier at 15:45. Cedar Rapids brought the 2-1 lead into the first intermission while tripling the Steel in shots, 18-6.
Duehr picked up his second goal of the night, and ninth of the season, at the 12:40 mark of the second period, to tie the game, 2-2. Just after a Chicago power play expired, Matt Kiersted sent a pass to Duehr, who fired a one-timer from the left wing and beat DeRidder on the blocker side. The score remained even at the second intermission; Cedar Rapids outshot Chicago, 9-7, in the game’s middle frame.
Early in the third period, Chicago captain Marc Johnstone followed up a shooting attempt by Austen Long, tipping in a shot at the post after Austen Long shot one at 1:38. Then, just 35 seconds later, Badini positioned himself at the top of the left circle and fired a shot below the glove of DeRidder to give Chicago a two-goal lead.
Cedar Rapids pulled its goalie in favor of an extra-attacker with 1:44 left, and capitalized when Hampton created a turnover and bounced the puck into a mostly-open net with 46 seconds remaining. The ‘Riders continued to pressure, but Chicago held off a potentially-tying goal to hold on for a 4-3 road victory.
Nappier made 35 saves in the win. Chicago was outshot (38-23) for a third time this season.
The Steel return home to Fox Valley Ice Arena for two games Thanksgiving weekend — Friday, Nov. 25 vs. Lincoln, and Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. Dubuque. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. Friday’s contest is a Steel Family Pack game — purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas (or waters) and four chuck-a-pucks starting at just $48. Saturday’s game features a full-team post-game autograph session. For tickets or more information, call 855-51-STEEL, stop by the Box Office or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.
Chicago Steel 4 at Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3 - Status: Final
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - Cedar Rapids Ice Arena
Chicago 1 1 2 - 4
Cedar Rapids 2 0 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Chicago, Duehr 8 (Jaremko, Lutz), 3:53. 2, Cedar Rapids, Sirota 1 (Cole), 13:04. 3, Cedar Rapids, Hampton 1 (Agriogianis, Stipsicz), 15:45 (PP). Penalties-Printz Chi (kneeing), 14:44.
2nd Period-4, Chicago, Duehr 9 (Kiersted, Printz), 12:04. Penalties-Lewandowski Chi (interference), 3:24; Kidney Cr (high sticking), 10:00; Printz Chi (tripping), 16:51; Zmolek Cr (interference), 19:15.
3rd Period-5, Chicago, Johnstone 2 (Long, Badini), 1:38. 6, Chicago, Badini 7 2:13. 7, Cedar Rapids, Hampton 2 19:14. Penalties-Gratton Chi (charging), 3:35.
Shots on Goal-Chicago 6-7-10-23. Cedar Rapids 18-9-11-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Chicago 0 / 2; Cedar Rapids 1 / 4.
Goalies-Chicago, Nappier 8-1-1-0 (38 shots-35 saves). Cedar Rapids, DeRidder 0-7-0-0 (23 shots-19 saves).
Referees-Sean MacFarlane (17).
Linesmen-Tyler Loftus (76), Dwight Mack (40).