GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Steel will celebrate all things hip hop when the team welcomes the Madison Capitols Friday night to the Fox Valley Ice Arena for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff. Fans are encouraged to bring their best dance moves and brush up on their hip hop music lyrics for a game filled with hip hop-themed promotions and entertainment.
The Steel (16-11-1-0, 33 pts.) are coming off a 2-0 loss at Muskegon on New Year’s Eve and will host Madison (6-16-2-2, 16 pts.) for the first time this season after playing the first three matchups in Wisconsin. The Steel won all three games including a 4-3 overtime victory last time out against the Capitols on November 16. Chicago forward Adam Robbins tied the game midway through the third period before adding the game winner 3:56 into extra time. The Steel won the first two matchups 6-2 (October 12) and 3-1 (November 10) at Bob Suter Capitol Ice Arena.
Steel center Nick Abruzzese currently leads the team with 34 points (8-26-34) and has points (3-7-10) in four of the last five games. Defenseman Matteo Pietroniro enters the new year tied with forward Robert Mastrosimone for the team lead with 11 goals this season. Goaltender Justin Robbins has carried the load for Chicago in net this season carrying an 11-8-1-0 record into the new year. Fellow Steel netminder Reilly Herbst has been solid in the secondary role having won five-straight games before Monday’s tough loss in Muskegon. The Niwot, Col. native stopped 27 of 28 shots against the Lumberjacks.
Madison closed 2018 with a 4-0 loss at Waterloo on New Year’s Eve and is led offensively by newly acquired defenseman Kalle Eriksson (2-13-15) who recently joined the team in a trade with the Omaha Lancers. Goaltender Joseph Lamoreaux has appeared in 22 games this season with a 5-15-0-1 record, 2.96 goals against average and .915 save percentage.
Tickets for all Steel home games are on sale now starting at just $10 and stadium style seating on the glass is available for just $20. Parking is always free. The Steel offer discounted tickets for groups.
Chicago ends the weekend with a Saturday road game at Central Illinois Saturday night scheduled for a 7:07 p.m. CT faceoff. The Steel are 3-1-0-0 this season against the Flying Aces with a 2-1-0-0 record at Grossinger Motors Arena. Chicago won the first three matchups this season as part of an eight-game winning streak but Central Illinois was able to best the Steel Friday, Dec. 28 in a 6-3 win. The Steel jumped out to a quick lead just 3:14 into the game, but the Flying Aces responded with four-straight goals.
Central Illinois forwards Jeremy Davidson (13-11-24) and Trevor Janicke (8-16-24) are currently tied for the Flying Aces team lead with 24 points this season. Goaltender Mitchell Gibson is 1-2-0-0 against the Steel this season with a 4.51 goals against average and .857 save percentage. Ryan Snowden lost his only decision against Chicago this season but has appeared in two games with a 3.96 goals against average and .897 save percentage.
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