Steel Fall to Aberdeen Wings in Weekend Road Series
CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI- The Chippewa Steel traveled to Aberdeen, South Dakota this weekend for their second and final season matchup with the Aberdeen Wings. The Steel were looking to gain momentum during their six-game road trip during November before they return home following the Thanksgiving holiday.
Friday night’s game started quickly with a streak of four unanswered goals by the Wings as they came out hot. Steel assistant captains Connor Szmul and Jacob Dirks answered in the second period with a goal apiece cutting the Wing’s lead down to 3. Despite another third period effort by John Druskinis to make it a two-goal game, the Wings prevailed 6-3.
Saturday night was a physical matchup from the start. Both teams saw a lot of power play action and Steel forward Jaden Grant was able to capitalize on a power play goal in the second period. Despite facing 12 minutes shorthanded, Steel goaltender Trent Burnham held the Wings to 3 goals in 39 shots. An empty-net goal ended the night and the Steel came up short with a final score of 4-1.
Chippewa returns to Chippewa Area Ice Arena on Friday, November 29th and 30th to take on the Springfield Jr. Blues. Friday night is Markquart Motors Night with a postgame skate and player autograph session. Saturday all fans will receive a winter hat courtesy of Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club. All kids 12 and under will also receive free admission to the game courtesy of Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club. For tickets call 715-861-2131 or visit 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 (ARI) All league games are viewable via HockeyTV. For more information, visit chippewasteelhockey.com.