CRANBERRY TWP., PA — Four different players scored Thursday as the Chicago Steel (1-2-0-0) defeated the Waterloo Black Hawks (3-1-1-0), 4-1, in USHL Fall Classic preseason action at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in suburban Pittsburgh. Steel goaltender Derek Schaedig stopped 20 of 21 shots faced from the Black Hawks.
Returning forward Jordan Seyfert opened the scoring the first period. After receiving an outlet pass, Seyfert skated in on a breakaway. His first shot was denied by the glove of Waterloo netminder Jared Moe, but Seyfert jammed in his own rebound at 2:49. Minutes later, Chicago tallied just 13 seconds into its first power play opportunity of the night. Tyler Gratton finished a tic-tac-toe passing sequence to record his second goal of the preseason.
Waterloo responded by scoring on their first of two 5-on-3 opportunities in the first period, as Jack Drury beat Schaedig in close at 12:44. Chicago then regained a two-goal lead prior to the first intermission thanks to a quick release from Samuel Bucek at 17:40.
Midway through second period, Steel defenseman Xan Gurney scored the game’s final goal, an unassisted tally registered when his shot ricocheted off a Waterloo defender and into the back of the net at 9:53.
Gurney’s night ended early in the third period after a long tussle with Waterloo’s Hank Sorensen. The Steel controlled much of the third period, limiting Waterloo to six shots on goal in the frame.
The two teams combined for 68 penalty minutes. Chicago outshot the Black Hawks, 24-21.
The Steel continue their three-game trip to the Fall Classic with a matchup against the Lincoln Stars Friday at 6:00 p.m. CT. The preseason then concludes Saturday as Chicago takes on the Des Moines Buccaneers at 7:00 p.m. CT.
The 2017 Clark Cup Champion Chicago Steel open the 2017-2018 regular season on the road at Dubuque on Friday, Oct. 6. The following night, Chicago’s Home Opener against Team USA takes place at 7:05 p.m. inside Fox Valley Ice Arena. The Home Opener will feature a Clark Cup Championship Celebration as well as a post-game skate with the Steel.
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.