The Chicago Steel extended their win streak to 12 games and Mathieu De St Phalle recorded a hat trick in a 7-2 win over Dubuque. The Saints held the lead in the first period and early in the second before the Steel scored six unanswered. Stephen Halliday and Matthew Kopperud recorded the goals for Dubuque.
-Things started off quickly for Chicago as they grabbed a power play early in the first period and dominated zone time for the first five minutes. Dubuque killed off the power play and killed off another in the period to push they mark to 16 for 16 on kills against the top unit in the league.
-The Saints opened the scoring on their fourth shot of the game as Kaelan Taylor toasted a point shot right on the tape of Matthew Kopperud, who deflected it into the back of the net. The goal was Kopperud’s 17th of the season and gave him points in eight straight.
-Chicago did not take long to answer as just over 30 seconds removed from the Dubuque goal, Matthew Coronato answered for the Steel. The goal was his 18th of the season as he beat McCarthy low blocker to equalize. The period would eventually end in a tie after the teams traded a few more chances.
-Stephen Halliday scored for the Fighting Saints less than four minutes in to the second period as Robert Cronin’s shot pass was perfect and gave Dubuque the lead at 2-1 early in the middle stanza. Moments later Aidan McCarthy robbed Brendan Brisson with a beautiful right pad save.
-Chicago was able to tie things up with about halfway gone in the period. Brendan Brisson and Mathieu De St. Phalle worked the two-man game to perfection. A minute after the goal Chicago scored again with another point from Brisson, this time a goal on a sweet feed from Sean Farrell.
-De St Phalle scored on the power play on a 4 on 3 to go up 4-2 as the Steel were able to get their first of the season on the man advantage against Dubuque.
-Victor Ostman made possibly the save of the game late in the period to rob Dylan Jackson on the doorstep with his left pad.
-Sam Colangelo made it 5-2 early in the third period as he hopped out of the box and deposited a backhander over McCarthy. The Steel entered the third with an unblemished 28-0 mark when leading after two.
-Chicago continued to pour it on as Owen Power collected a goal late in the third period with a strong shot past McCarthy.
-The Steel struck once more on Mathieu De St Phalle’s third of the game to record his first career hat trick.