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WEEKLY PREVIEW: STEEL DANCE INTO FRIDAY HOME GAME

By Chicago Steel, 01/02/19, 10:15AM CST

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Friday Night Game Against Madison is Hip Hop & Hockey Night at Fox Valley Ice Arena

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.

STEEL NOTES:

  • Adam Robbins will look to continue his success against the Madison Capitols on Friday night. The Princeton University commit has seven points (3-4-7) in three games this season against the Capitols and has at least two points in each of those matchups. The center enters 2019 second on the team with 24 points (9-15-24) and has points in five of the last six Steel games. He has also registered a point (1-3-4) in all four matchups with Saturday’s opponent, the Central Illinois Flying Aces.
  • Likewise, Nick Abruzzese is looking forward to seeing the Flying Aces on the schedule as he has eight points (3-5-8) in four matchups this season. The Harvard University commit has scored multiple points in the last three games against Central Illinois. Abruzzese currently leads the team with 34 points (8-26-34) this season and has 10 points (3-7-10) in the last five games.
  • Steel captain Matteo Pietroniro is currently tied for the team lead with 11 goals, a mark that also leads all USHL defensemen. Pietroniro has scored three of his 11 goals this season against the Flying Aces. He has two goals in the last three games.
  • Fellow defenseman Uula Ruikka has also had offensive success against this weekend’s opponents as three of his four goals have come against Central Illinois (2) and Madison (1) in seven games this season.
  • Another blueliner, Owen Power, has enjoyed seeing the Flying Aces on the schedule this season as he has recorded three of his four assists against Central Illinois.
  • Forward Mathieu De St. Phalle has been on fire recently, registering points (3-8-11) in nine of the last 11 Steel games. He has six points (1-5-6) against Madison and Central Illinois combined this season.
  • Neil Shea has also found scoring success as of late as he has nine points (3-6-9) in the last six games.

MEET THE OPPONENT:

  • Chicago starts 2019 with a home game against the Madison Capitols Friday night.
    • Madison (6-15-2-2, 16 pts.) is currently last in the Eastern Conference and have the lowest point total in the USHL.
    • Defenseman Kalle Eriksson leads the team with 15 points (2-13-15) this season.
    • Goaltender Joseph Lamoreaux has a 2.96 goals against average and his .915 save percentage is good for third in the USHL.
  • The Steel travel to Central Illinois for a Saturday night matchup with the Flying Aces.
    • Central Illinois (13-13-2-0, 28 pts.) is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference.
    • Forwards Jeremy Davidson (13-11-24) and Trevor Janicke (8-16-24) are currently tied for the team lead with 24 points.
    • Goaltenders Ryan Snowden (17 games, 9-6-0-0) and Mitchell Gibson (15 games, 4-7-2-0) have split time in net this season. Snowden has the better stats with a 3.19 goals against average and .902 save percentage.

LAST GAMES:
Friday, Dec. 28 at Central Illinois, L, 3-6 RECAP / STATS
Saturday, Dec. 29 vs. Team USA U-17, W, 6-3 RECAP / STATS
Monday, Dec. 31 at Muskegon, L, 0-2 RECAP / STATS

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