Chicago Steel on a roll as they win 10th consecutive games

Chicago Steel on a roll as they win 10th consecutive games

The Fox Valley Ice Arena was full of playoff atmosphere as the Chicago Steel took on the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Friday night match was between the Eastern Conference’s top two winning percentages, the Chicago Steel (24-4-1-0, 49 pts) and Dubuque Fighting Saints (20-7-1-0, 41 pts). The Steel had tied franchise record of ten straight wins as Chicago netminder Victor Ostman earned his first-career shutout while backstopping Chicago’s 2-0 victory.

Dubuque netminder Erik Portillo suffered just his third regulation loss of the season. The third-round selection (67th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2019 NHL Draft conceded two times in the game. The first 20 minutes of the game was evenly poised as both teams fought off multiple opposing plays. The Steel came into the matchup with the top-ranked power-play unit in the USHL, clicking at a 27.9 percent pace (38-for-129) and had two chances with the man advantage early.

Chicago forward Erik Middendorf was the hero of the night as he buried his sixth goal of the season with five minutes gone in the second. “It felt pretty good,” said Middendorf. “I was working with (Chicago Assistant Coach Mike) Garman all week on how to change up my shot. I didn’t see much net except between his legs. It was nice to squeeze that one past.”

Ostman was in amazing form as he faced 11 shots alone in the third frame and denied all the shots. Steel Head Coach Brock Sheahan was in awe of his netminder. “I thought he was so poised,” said Sheahan. “Usually our power play is clicking, it wasn’t tonight. We had a ton of PK’s and I just thought he (Ostman) controlled pucks. He really controlled the game and I’m really proud of him.”

Ostman, himself, loved what his side did in the match. “They were fast but I thought we managed them pretty well,” said Ostman. “We just played great defensively and I think we shut them down.”

Senior editor of the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
Chicago Steel ready for 2000s-themed weekend with bobblehead giveaway
The Chicago Steel will face the Omaha Lancers in two back-to-back games at Fox Valley
Only Iranian Olympics Medalist female athlete leaves her country
Kimia Alizadeh is one and only female athlete of Iran who won a medal in
Chicago Steel make franchise record
The Chicago Steel made a last-minute comeback against the Dubuque Fighting Saints to make a
Steel return home for Superheroes night
The Chicago Steel are back at home ice. They will face the Dubuque Fighting Saints
Sam Colangelo of Steel wins USHL Forward of the Week award
The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced today that Sam Colangelo, the forward of the
Sam Colangelo Nets First-career Hat Trick As Chicago Extends Win Streak To Nine Games
Playing in the first outdoor game in franchise history, the Chicago Steel (23-4-1-0, 47 pts)
Steel clinches 9-5 victory over Phantoms on Saturday night
It was a sixth straight win for the Chicago Steel as they won the Saturday
Brisson, Colangelo, Farrell, Fontaine, Reid selected to BioSteel All-American Game
The USHL made an announcement on Friday about the selection of the players for the
Steel Fans ready for receiving giveaways during this weekend games
The Chicago Steel will face the Youngstown Phantoms in two clashes scheduled on December 28
Steel raise $6400 for Cyclones Amateur Hockey Association through auction
The Illinois Aviation Academy presented the auction during Winterfest on Saturday night at Fox Valley