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WEEKLY PREVIEW: HOME OPENING WEEKEND OCTOBER 5 & 6

By Chicago Steel, 10/03/18, 9:59AM CDT

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Steel Host Cedar Rapids and Green Bay with Great Giveaways and Steel Family Pack

GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Steel (0-1-1-0, 1 pt.) return to Fox Valley Ice Arena for a pair of games during Home Opening Weekend on Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6. Both games feature a great giveaway as the home schedule commences.

Friday, October 5 is Opening Night presented by McCue Chevy. When the Steel meet the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (1-0-1-0, 3 pts.), fans are welcome to arrive early as the first 500 fans will receive Touch Screen Gloves. The red gloves feature the Steel logo on one hand and the McCue Chevy logo on the other. Opening Night will feature the pre-game introduction of the 2018-2019 Steel roster.

Friday’s game will also feature a plethora of in-arena activities including intermission games like McCue Chevy Family Challenge (hockey families compete with two SUV’s on the ice) and Human Slingshot Bowling. In-game contests will include “The Cookie Game” in which contestants will be asked to roll a cookie from their forehead to mouth without using their hands.

Saturday, October 6, a 7:05 p.m. puck drop against the Green Bay Gamblers (1-1-0-0, 2 pts.), features a Magnet Schedule giveaway presented by 95.9 The River for the first 500 fans. Saturday’s matchup is also a Steel Family Pack game, which features a special deal for four tickets, hot dogs, sodas and chuck-a-pucks starting at just $48. The package must be purchased prior to Saturday. After the game, fans are invited to stick around for a full-team autograph session. This is a great way for fans to meet their favorite Steel player and get an autograph from the next NCAA or NHL superstar.

Tickets for both games are on sale now starting at just $10 with stadium seating on the glass still available for both games for just $20. The Steel have simplified seating and pricing for the 2018-2019 season and parking is always free.

The Steel began the 2018-2019 season last week at the USHL Fall Classic in Cranberry Township, Penn. Chicago left wing Robert Mastrosimone scored a pair of shorthanded goals in Friday’s contest but the Lincoln Stars scored a pair of late goals and eventually won the game in overtime, 5-4. On Saturday, the Steel scored five times but the Des Moines Buccaneers’ high-octane offense was too much to overcome in the 10-5 loss.

STEEL NOTES:

  • Robert Mastrosimone’s pair of shorthanded goals on Friday marked just the second time in team history that a player scored multiple shorthanded goals in one game. The other time was December 30, 2016 when Jack Badini scored two against Green Bay.
  • A pair of Steel defensemen scored their first USHL goals last weekend including rookie Owen Power on Thursday and veteran Casey Staum on Friday.
  • Power’s became the fifth player in team history to score a goal in his USHL debut and the first since Tim Davison did so on March 24, 2012.
  • Ryan Doolin scored twice in Friday’s loss, marking his first and second goals in the USHL. He is tied with Mastrosimone for the team-lead in goals with two.
  • The top line of Mastrosimone, Doolin and Nick Abruzzese scored four of the team’s nine goals in the first two games and combined for six points.
  • Blue line scoring was a big part of the Steel’s offense last weekend as defenseman scored three goals in two games (Power, Staum and John Spetz).
  • Matthew Barnaby chipped in a trio of helpers during the first two games of his USHL career.

MEET THE OPPONENT:

  • Friday’s matchup with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders brings to town a team that played a pair of close games at the USHL Fall Classic. Cedar Rapids lost to Fargo 3-2 in overtime and beat Lincoln 3-1 in a pair of low-scoring contests.
    • The RoughRiders are led by a pair of forwards with two points each; Grant Silianoff (2-0-2) and Nathan Smith (0-2-2).
    • Cedar Rapids finished last weekend 1-for-10 on the man-advantage and 5-for-7 on the Penalty Kill.
    • Goaltender Blake Pietila was named USHL Goalie of the Week for his play at the Fall Classic.
  • Green Bay comes to town on Saturday coming off a split of the team’s two USHL Fall Classic games including a 5-3 loss to Sioux City and a 3-2 win over Dubuque.
    • The Gamblers are led in scoring by a pair of forwards (Paul Maust and Gleb Murtazin) and defensemen (Ethan Frisch and Tyler Spott) all with two points each. Maust, Frisch and Spott each finished with a goal and assist on the weekend as Murtazin added two assists.
    • Green Bay finished 2-for-9 on the powerplay and killed off all nine penalties against them.

LAST WEEK:
Thursday, Sept. 27 @ Lincoln (Fall Classic), L (OT), 4-5 RECAP / STATS
Friday, Sept. 28 vs. Des Moines (Fall Classic), L, 5-10 RECAP / STATS

Tickets for all Steel home games are on sale now starting at just $10. Season ticket plans, starting at just five games for $45 are also available now.

For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.