My previous entry was a bit premature, as Andy had some unfinished business he needed to take care of.
That business? To become the Steel's all time leading goal scorer. Andy needed 1 goal to tie Rene Gauthier for the record with 42 career goals in a Steel uniform.
With the Steel up by a goal late in the game, Regg Simon pulled Joe Rodwell for the extra attacker. Steel coach Steve Poapst sent Miele and his line mates, Brian Dowd and Brian O'Neill, out on the ice. It sounded like Dowd and O'Neill had some chances to score themselves, but their only intention was to get Andy that 43rd career Steel goal.
With about 50 seconds remaining, Miele buried it into the open net and sealed the game for the Steel. Simon Olsson left the bench to go celebrate with Miele, and was given a minor penalty and watched the rest of the game from the tunnel.
With that 43rd goal, Miele will probably stay in the Steel record books for quite some time. The next leading goal getter is Corey Chakeen, with a mere 17 goals for his Steel career.
Miele was allowed more shifts as time was winding down, and even goaded Des Moines' Chris Knowlton into a fight. It sounded like Miele won the fight, before he joined Olsson and Will Weber in the tunnel for the rest of the game. Miele heads off to Miami of Ohio, while Knowlton sits the next 2 games for Des Moines.
The Steel had a nice little ceremony following the game for Andy, and he also was named top star, along with the #2 and #3 stars. I am hoping to have some video of that before the night is over.
Great performance from Andy Miele this season, as he leaves leading the league in points with 41 and goals with 30.
Andy caps his USHL career with 125 points in 139 games, on 60 goals and 65 assists, between Cedar Rapids and Chicago.
Congrats on the record and good luck at Miami.
139 Games Played
17.1 Shooting %
Steel record holder for most goals in a career.