Erik Middendorf scored the game winning goal with 8.9 seconds left to play and the Chicago Steel downed Dubuque on Saturday night. In the second game of the weekend against the Chicago Steel, Dubuque fell just short once again as Chicago scored three times in the third period to down the Saints 4-3. Chicago took all four points this weekend against Dubuque as the Steel have now won 11-straight to tie the longest winning streak of the season in the USHL.
-Dubuque struck first in the first 20 minutes as the Saints didn’t take long to get the power play going. Matthew Kopperud, who drew the call, slapped one past the Steel netminder Ian Shane for the first of the game.
-Chicago struck on the next Saints power play, grabbing a shorthanded goal from Mathieu De St. Phalle. The goal was assisted by Sean Farrell who added to his USHL lead in points. With the goal De St. Phalle remained just two points behind him.
-Much more of the period was spent in Chicago’s defensive end as Dubuque ended the first with 13 shots to Chicago’s six. The Saints had both power plays in the first and dominated zone time.
-It didn’t take Dubuque long to get the lead back in the second period as Stephen Halliday scored just 40 seconds in for Dubuque. Halliday took a give and go feed from Mark Cheremeta and shelfed it short side for the early second period advantage.
-Chicago had a much better period in large part due to a few more penalties from the Saints. Once again, the penalty kill for Dubuque showed up large in the period and killed off four minutes of consecutive power play time for Chicago.
-Mark Cheremeta recorded an assist in the second period to give him two points on the night after two periods. With the two points, Cheremeta recorded his seventh multi-point game of the season.
-Chicago dominated possession and chances in the third period, tying things up with 11:15 left as Matthew Samoskevich scored a highlight reel goal.
-Dubuque answered with Ben Schultheis’ fifth of the season to once again give the Saints a one goal lead with under 10 to play.
-Sean Farrell, the leading point scorer in the USHL, tallied the tying goal to make it 3-3 with under a minute to play. It seemed as if the game was heading to overtime until Erik Middendorf scored the game winner with less than ten seconds remaining.
-Next up for the Fighting Saints, two games against the Waterloo Black Hawks at the Mystique Community Ice Center as the Saints and Black Hawks look for a leg up in their season series which is tied at two games apiece. The road team has won the first four games in the season series.