Steel Drop Close Game to Jets
(Chippewa Falls, WI)- Tonight the Steel returned home to play Wisconsin rival Janesville Jets as they continue to battle for the Milk Can Trophy and look to bring the season series closer to even.
Both teams battled for puck possession in the first period with the Steel posting nine shots while the Jets posted thirteen. Both teams had good scoring chances, but it was not until the one-minute mark on the scoreboard when Janesville took a 1-0 lead which they would carry into the second period.
In the second, Janesville would tally for the second time just four minutes into the period on a rebound after Steel goaltender Berk Berkeliev made a good initial save. Janesville goaltender Owen Millward shut down some great chances by the Steel to hold their two-goal lead over the home team.
The Steel would answer with a shorthanded goal midway through the third to cut the lead to one when Ethan Benz drove hard to the net and tipped in a pass from Ian Famulak for his eleventh of the season. Shortly after, Janesville would score again to increase their lead back to two but that would not be the end of this game. The Steel’s Spencer Cox would grab a loose puck at the blueline and rip it on net where Benz would tip it in making it 3-2 with three minutes remaining. The Steel would not stop there, with the extra attacker on the ice Liam Hansson would one time a pass from Benz to tie the game with just five seconds left.
In overtime the Steel had a couple good chances, a quick tip in by Jack Brown that appeared to have hit the back post but was ruled no goal. No one would score in 3 on 3 overtime, so the game would carry over into a shootout. Lindstrom came the closest in the shootout hitting the crossbar, but Janesville’s Carter Hottman would be the lone scorer and therefore would earn the Jets the win.
The Steel return to the Chippewa Area Ice Arena Friday April 16th against the Janesville Jets for the third annual Teddy Bear Toss. 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.