Steel Stun Team USA on Opening Night
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Chicago 5, Team USA (U17) 1
GENEVA, ILLINOIS – After much anticipation, the USHL’s Chicago Steel debuted at their new home, Fox Valley Ice Arena, on Saturday night. In front of a raucous crowd, the Steel defeated Team USA (U17), 5-1, with four different players lighting the lamp.
In the first period, Steel center Jake Jaremko opened up the scoring by jamming home a loose rebound of Max Zimmer’s shot on the power play. Though Chicago controlled a good amount of the even-strength play, they spent six minutes in the box in the opening period. However, the Steel were able to kill off all three penalties committed in the opening frame, bringing a 1-0 lead into the second period.
Team USA was in the driver’s seat for much of the second period, eventually tying the game, 1-1, in the final minute of the period. Team USA winger Michael Pastujov was able to beat Chicago netminder John Lethemon with a power play goal at the 19:20 mark of the 2nd period. However, the Steel would respond just 24 seconds later, as Tanner Laczynski made a sensational drive to the net, beating Team USA netminder Dylan St. Cyr and giving Chicago a 2-1 lead heading into the 3rd period.
Following the 2nd intermission, the Steel came out flying, quickly increasing their lead to 3-1 with a power play goal from Connor Murphy. Chicago would add a goal from Lucas Michaud, as well as a second by Jameko, to seal the deal with a 5-1 victory on home ice.
Lethemon finished with 23 saves in the win.
Following the game, Steel Head Coach Dan Muse said he was very happy with the result, especially the 3rd period effort. He described the Opening Night atmosphere as “awesome.”
“It was great to see people in the community come out here and support the team,” said Muse. “We’re looking forward to seeing all of those people throughout the year.”
Tickets are on sale now for all Steel regular season home games, including a pair of games on October 2 and 3 against the Tri-City Storm. Season ticket plans, starting at just six games, are also available. To purchase tickets, call 855-51-STEEL, visit the box office inside Fox Valley Ice Arena or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com. Season ticket, group ticket and single game pricing is available at the team’s website. Fans can also follow the team’s social media updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (/ChicagoSteel).