The Steel write-up comes from Mr. Ricochet, the Steel fan.
The Chicago Steel began the post Andy Miele era with two games at Tri City. They began the week in 4th place three points behind the Black Hawks and ended the week in the same position, as they lost in a shootout on Friday but rebounded for a win on Saturday and left Tri City with three points.
Friday saw the Steel start backup Nick Pisellini as the Steel lost in a shootout 5-4. The Steel entered the 3rd period down 4-2 but were able to come up with two goals to send the game into OT. After a scoreless OT the Steel also failed to net a goal in the shootout. Cory Chakeen scored twice including the goal to send it to OT. Mark Anthoine and Drew Leblanc also scored. Leblanc and Chakeen were both a plus 3 for the game. Pisselini stopped 20 of 24 and took the loss.
Saturday saw the Steel win a wild affair 4-1 as both teams combined for 92 PIM and 21 penalties. Pissellini got another start, but was ejected at the 12:00 mark of the 2nd period as he and Aaron Rock, who was also ejected, engaged in a rare goalie fight. Chicago was 3-7 on the PP and their 12th ranked PK held the Storm 0-5 on the PP. Luca Cunti, Brian Olsson and Dman John Moore scored power play goals and Leblanc scored at even strength. Rob Madore came in in relief for the ejected Pisellini and stopped all 16 shots he saw, but Pisselini left while the Steel were leading and got the win.
Record 15-12-4, 34 points, 4th place
Goals: Drew Leblanc 13, Brian Oniell 11, Eric Alexander 11
Points: Brian Oniell 32, Drew Leblanc 28
Plus-Minus: Brian Oniell +17
Goalie: Rob Madore, 9-10-3, GA 3.05, SPG .907
On Tap: Wednesday Cedar Rapids, Friday @ Cedar Rapids, Saturday @ Des Moines