Steel Fall 3-2 to Wilderness
(Chippewa Falls, WI)- Tonight the Steel re-matched the Minnesota Wilderness after a 1-0 loss to them last night.
The first period started off strong as the Steel took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Evan Tanos who grabbed a pass from Ethan Benz and sniped Wilderness goaltender Kaleb Johnson. Shortly after the Wilderness would score one of their own to tie the game at one a piece. The Wilderness held a shot advantage of 15-9 in the first twenty minutes.
The second period got physical as both teams were allowed to push boundaries. The Wilderness’ Patrick Raftery added to their lead on an odd man rush making it 2-1 early in the period. Matt Berezowski answered with a nice backhander to tie it 2-2. The Wilderness would take a 3-2 lead with 11 seconds remaining in the second period.
The third period brought a lot of penalties and a couple of fights, still both teams pushed on. Steel had some chances as well as a couple of powerplays as they looked to tie it up. Goaltender Berk Berkeliev would leave the net with 1:28 left in the game but even with the extra attacker it would not be enough to put one in the net.
The Steel return to the Chippewa Area Ice Arena Thursday April 8th against the Janesville Jets. 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.