Steel Drop Final Game of 2020
(Chippewa Falls, WI)- After 47 days the Chippewa Steel have resumed play against the Minnesota Magicians. Just 48 seconds into the game Bemidji State University commit Lleyton Roed tallied for Minnesota, then at 11:42 the Magicians would increase their lead to two. The Steel rallied back in the last eight minutes putting lots of pressure on Minnesota and outshooting their opponent 15-10. Ryan Waltman scored the first Steel goal late in the first period, assists going to Gotovets and McGrath. Lindstrom would score with 50 seconds left in the period to tie the game at two and end the first.
Chippewa began the second with a couple of good chances, but Minnesota capitalized first on a two on one chance. A scrum in the corner sent the Steel to the penalty kill where the Magicians increased their lead to 4-2. The Magicians would score once more to make it 5-2 but it wouldn’t last long. Shortly after the Magicians fifth goal, Hansson sent Benz on a breakaway where he slipped one five-hole to close the gap to 5-3. The second period concluded with 21 shots for each team.
The third period was physical and full of action, in scoring chances and penalties. Minnesota scored first to make it 6-3 late in the period. Soon after that Brock Baker went top shelf on Magicians goaltender Andy Beran to bring the Steel within 2. Steel pulled goaltender Grant Boldt with 1:35 left in the game but the Magicians would score an empty netter to win the game with a score of 7-4.
Shots for the game ended at 31 apiece.
The Steel return to Chippewa Area Ice Arena tomorrow against the Minnesota Magicians. Limited tickets are available at 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.