Steel Win 5-4 in Shootout
Janesville, WI-The Chippewa Steel and Janesville Jets took to the ice on Saturday evening for the season series finale from Janesville Ice Arena.
Janesville struck first with a power play goal from Nicholas Nardella assisted by Jordon Halverson and Brenden Olson. Olson then scored a goal of his own in the second period assisted by John Prokop to take a 2-0 advantage just 2 minutes and 37 seconds into the second period.
The Steel responded with a goal just 30 seconds later by Connor Szmul. Jacob Dirks found the back of the net 4 minutes later with his team leading 17th goal of the season tying the game at 2. Chippewa continued to pour it on Janesville in the second period with goals from Braiden Dorfman and Killian Kiecker-Olson to head into the second intermission leading 4-2.
Erik Palmqvist for the Jets was able to score a pair of goals in the third period to send the season finale to overtime.
In overtime, Janesville had a potential game-winning goal called off for goal tender interference.
After five skaters in the shootout, Camden Thiesing was able to sneak the game-winner past Cole Brady.
In goal for the Steel was Josh Langford with 34 saves. Cole Brady of the Jets was able to stop 24 shots.
The Steel return to Chippewa Area Ice Arena next Friday, March 8th for $2 Beer Night presented by Leinenkugel’s. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 715-861-2131 or visiting chippewasteelhockey.com.
The Chippewa Steel are members of the NAHL which is the oldest and largest junior hockey league of its kind in the United States and one of only two USA Hockey-certified leagues that operate under the non pay-to-play model. The NAHL is also one of the best at advancing players to NCAA and professional hockey. Notable Alumni of the NAHL include Ryan Suter (MIN), Patrick Kane (CHI) and Phil Kessel (PIT) All league games are viewable via HockeyTV. For more information, visit chippewasteelhockey.com.