GENEVA, ILLINOIS — This Friday, Nov. 9 marks the first Raising Cane’s Kids Day of the season when the Steel host the Waterloo Black Hawks at 7:05 p.m. Kids 12 and under can receive a Red Zone ticket, Steel drawstring bag and a free kids combo card from Raising Cane’s for just $10. The Kids Day offer is on sale now and provides the perfect excuse for families to spend this Friday night watching the future stars of college and pro hockey.
Friday is 70s Night, and the game will feature 70s-based promotions such as the “Rusty Disco Dance Party” and a chance for fans to participate in various other 70s themed contests like a 1970s version of “The Price is Right” and a 1970s Relay Race during intermission. In preparation for the game, Steel players recreated the theme song and opening video from FOX’s That 70’s Show, which is available to view at the team’s website and on its social media platforms.
Tickets for Friday’s game, including the Raising Cane’s Kids Day offer, are on sale now starting at just $10 with stadium seating on the glass still available for just $20. The Steel have simplified seating and pricing for the 2018-2019 season and parking is always free.
Chicago (4-6-1-0, 9 pts.) comes off two losses last weekend after a pair of tough third periods. Friday night, the Steel fell to Green Bay Gamblers 5-3 after a three-goal third period by the Gamblers. Saturday was much the same as the Steel dominated play against the league-leading Muskegon Lumberjacks but couldn’t overcome four third period goals.
Friday night, the Steel welcome the Waterloo Black Hawks (7-2-3-1, 18 pts.) for the first of three matchups with the team currently tied for first place in the Western Conference. The teams meet again Saturday, Mar. 30 at Fox Valley Ice Arena and Friday, Apr. 5 in Waterloo. The Steel are 24-47 all-time against the Black Hawks but have won the last two matchups on home ice and split two games last season with the 2018 Anderson Cup Champions for the most points during the regular season.
Chicago will enter the weekend without its leading scorer, left wing Robert Mastrosimone (8-5-13), as he represents the United States at the Under-18 Five Nations Tournament for the second time this year. Mastrosimone is the only player on the team with a goal against Waterloo as he scored in Waterloo on February 6 last season. Defenseman Casey Staum is the only other current roster player with points against Waterloo as he recorded two assists in nine games over the last two seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Neither Steel goaltender has ever faced the Black Hawks.
Despite not having Mastrosimone, the Steel have offensive weapons trending in the right direction as center Nick Abruzzese is currently on a five-game point streak (2-7-9) and has points in six of the last seven games. Right wing Travis Treloar has goals in five of the team’s 11 games this year and has points in three of the last four (3-1-4). Forward Cole Quisenberry is tied for third on the team with eight points (4-4-8) and has more multi-point games (3) than single point games (2) this season. Defenseman Matteo Pietroniro is the other player with eight points this season (3-5-8) and enters the weekend on a three-game point streak (1-3-4) and has points in six of the last eight games for the Steel.
The Black Hawks have been led by forwards Matej Blümel (11-6-17) and Vladislav Firstov (6-10-16) this season and have five players with 10 or more points. Waterloo currently leads the league with 54 goals scored in 13 games (4.15 goals per game).
The Steel travel to Madison, Wis. to take on the Madison Capitols for the second meeting of the season on Saturday, Nov 10. The Steel won the first matchup 6-2 in Madison on Friday, Oct. 12. All Steel games are carried live on Mixlr (free audio) and HockeyTV (iPPV).
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