GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Steel (1-2-1-0, 3 pts.) got a handful of goals coming from five different scorers en route to the team’s first win of the season Saturday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Three Steel forwards, Matt Barnaby, Adam Robbins and Cole Quisenberry, each scored his first career USHL goals in the win. Travis Treloar scored his second of the season and Josh Groll’s first Steel goal, an empty netter, sealed the win over the Green Bay Gamblers (1-3-0-0, 2 pts.). Justin Robbins stopped 21 shots to earn his first victory of the season.
In a back-and-forth opening period of play, the Gamblers opened the scoring just two minutes in when forward Robert Hermann finished off a powerplay goal. After he and defenseman Chris Giroday passed back and forth on the blue line, Hermann sent a screened shot past the glove of Robbins.
“The team did a really good job playing 60 minutes and they were dialed in tonight,” said Head Coach Greg Moore. “It was a team win, everybody did their job and sacrificed for the guy next to them.”
The Steel answered back 5:31 later when Barnaby finished off a pass from left wing Robert Mastrosimone. The Penn State commit found his way to the front of the net and as Mastrosimone patiently circled the cage he sent a pass to Barnaby who settled and found space past the blocker of Green Bay goaltender Jake Begley.
“[Mastrosimone] stripped the kid behind the net and gave it to me and I had a one-on-one with the goalie and put it in,” said Barnaby. “Having the chance to play with [Abruzzese and Mastrosimone] again is awesome and they make the game a lot easier for me.”
Later in the period, Green Bay and Chicago exchanged a pair of goals in a 56-second span. After a goal from Gamblers forward Gleb Murtazin, Treloar scored his second goal from a near-impossible angle along the goal line to the left side of the cage. Gunnarwolfe Fontaine wove his way through the Gamblers defense and found Treloar with a drop pass. The Western Michigan University commit followed his own rebound with a smooth backhanded shot past Begley for the goal.
Chicago took the lead for good with 5:45 to play in the opening frame when Quisenberry planted himself in the Green Bay crease and slammed home his first career USHL goal.
The Steel extended the lead early in the second when Fontaine found Robbins with a cross-crease pass and Robbins sent a one-timer from his knee past a sprawling Begley.
Adam’s brother, Justin, made key stops down the stretch for the Steel to preserve the two-goal lead before right wing Josh Groll’s empty-netter capped the scoring.
The Steel hit the road next weekend for a pair of road games against the Madison Capitols on Friday, Oct. 12 and Muskegon Lumberjacks on Saturday, Oct. 13. Chicago returns to Fox Valley Ice Arena on Friday, Oct. 19 for Paint the Rink Pink Night presented by V Fusion Fitness Group. The Steel will wear custom pink jerseys during the game that will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds benefiting American Cancer Society Making Strides for Breast Cancer.
Tickets for all Steel home games are on sale now starting at just $10. Season ticket plans, starting at just 5 games for $45 are on sale now.
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