GENEVA, Ill. – After three days of non-stop hockey, several returning players and prospects saved their best for last as 34 players showcased their skills in the 2018 Chicago Steel Main Camp All-Star Game Monday at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Players were competing in the hopes of earning a spot on the 2018-2019 Chicago Steel roster and future Steel teams.
“Our staff was extremely pleased with what we saw from the players this week, both on and off the ice,” said Steel General Manager Ryan Hardy. “We return a solid core of players with junior hockey experience who will be complimented by a great mix of young, talented players in 2018-19 and in the pipeline for years to come.”
Red’s four-goal second period propelled the team to an 8-3 victory over White. The game included Steel draft picks, top prospects, and ten players who dressed for the Steel in the 2017-2018 season: Nick Abruzzese, Tim Clifton, Chris Garbe, Reilly Herbst, Cole Kodsi, Matteo Pietroniro, Adam Robbins, Justin Robbins, John Spetz and Jack Williams.
2018 Phase II Draft selection James McIsaac scored twice in the game, capping a strong weekend for the forward.
Red opened the game with a pair of goals in the first two minutes, scored by Christian Sarlo and Mark Gallant. White cut the deficit in half prior to the first intermission thanks to a tally from Gunnarwolfe Fontaine at 9:03.
All four goals scored in the second period belonged to Red, including tallies from Uula Ruikka (4:09), A. Robbins (5:54), Abruzzese (10:27) and Joe Miller (16:20). Red led White 6-1 at the second intermission.
The two teams traded goals in the third period. White scored early with a goal from Chris Garbe at 1:39. McIsaac regained the five-goal lead for Red just over a minute later at 2:45. White LW Neil Shea registered the game’s lone power-play goal at 6:15. McIsaac then finished the game’s scoring with his second of the day at 16:41, securing the 8-3 win.
Defensemen Owen Power and Luke Reid made impressive Steel camp debuts, as did forwards Matt Barnaby and Jake Schmaltz. Though the Main Camp games included an abundance of odd-man rushes, the weekend featured many impressive saves, particularly from the four netminders selected for the All-Star Game: Robbins, Williams, Herbst, and Cooper Hatfield.
The Steel will submit their 30-man roster and affiliate list to the USHL by July 9.
Chicago Steel 2018-2019 season ticket plans are now on sale and the 2018-2019 schedule is expected to be released by July. For Steel tickets or more information, call 855-51-STEEL, stop by the Box Office at Fox Valley Ice Arena or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.