CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI- The Chippewa Steel were back in action on Markquart Motors Night facing the Springfield Jr. Blues in two-game weekend series.
Both teams came out with a burst of energy at the puck drop. Each team saw penalties with Steel goalie Grant Boldt holding the Jr. Blues to 0-1 on the power play. Killian Kiecker-Olson was able to find the back of the net at 5:13 with some help from Johnny Druskinis and Jacob Dirks. A physical first twenty minutes came to end with the Steel leading 1-0.
The Steel continued to control the second period outshooting the Jr. Blues 12-5. Boldt continued to lead the Steel power-kill efforts keeping the Blues scoreless despite seeing 2 power play opportunities. Braiden Dorfman capitalized late in the second period with help from Szmul and Moberg to extend the Steel to 2-0.
The final period saw goal-scoring action from both sides. Springfield found the net on the power play but was quickly answered by Jaden Grant. The Steel held on to their two-goal lead with a final score of 3-1, outshooting the Jr. Blues 32-27.
The Steel will face the Jr. Blues again Saturday night at Chippewa Area Ice Arena. 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.