GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Steel scored early and often against the Madison Capitols Friday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena as they beat their Eastern Conference foe 7-1 to record their sixth consecutive home win. Chicago (17-11-1-0, 35 pts.) was led by strong offensive performances from Robert Mastrosimone (1-2-3), Nick Abruzzese (2-0-2), Christian Sarlo (1-1-2) and Neil Shea (0-2-2) as well as a 21-save performance from Reilly Herbst in the victory over Madison (6-17-2-2, 16 pts.).
Abruzzese opened the scoring with his second powerplay goal of the season. The Harvard University commit, who is now tied for the USHL lead with 36 points (10-26-36), finished off a beautiful cross-ice feed from defenseman Owen Power on the team’s first powerplay chance of the night 6:05 into the game.
Mastrosimone, who had the secondary assist on the first period goal, scored a goal of his own just eight seconds into the second period. The Boston University commit found himself wide open at the top of the faceoff circle where he sent a hard wrister sizzling over the glove of Capitols goaltender Joseph Lamoreaux into the top corner of the net.
Chicago tripled its lead when right wing Travis Treloar picked on Lamoreaux again at the 5:51 mark of the second, firing a heavy shot over the blocker of the Madison goaltender. The play started in the Chicago zone where Sarlo won a board battle and found defenseman Casey Staum to set up Treloar with the drop pass.
Late in the second period, right wing Matthew Sutton scored his first career USHL goal when he tipped home a five-hole goal off a shot-pass from left wing Josh Groll.
Early in the third, the Steel extended the lead to 5-0, striking for their second powerplay goal of the night against a team that entered the contest fifth in the USHL on the penalty kill when Sarlo poked home a loose puck in the crease.
Madison was able to get on the board midway through the final period when forward Reid Pabich beat Herbst with a sneaky shot over the left shoulder. But Chicago got the goal back 3:15 later when Groll registered a goal of his own and later Abruzzese added his second goal of the night to cap the scoring.
Chicago travels to Central Illinois for a 7:07 p.m. faceoff on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Grossinger Motors Arena to close out the first weekend of the new calendar year. The Steel return to Fox Valley Ice Arena for a pair of home games next weekend. Friday, Jan. 11 is a 7:05 p.m. faceoff against Youngstown for So Canada Night, which is also a Riasing Cane’s Kids Day in which kids 12 and younger can receive a Red Zone ticket, Steel drawstring bag and free kids combo card from Raising Cane’s for just $10.
Chicago then hosts Green Bay on Saturday, Jan, 12 in another 7:05 p.m. faceoff for Star Wars Night and a Steel Family Pack which features four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, and four chuck-a-pucks starting at just $48.
Tickets for all Steel home games are on sale now starting at just $10 and stadium seating on the glass is available for just $20. Parking is always free. The Steel offer discounted tickets for groups and are offering a special Holiday Pack, which includes three games and four gifts for just $40.
For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.