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The month of January was more than good to the Steel, as they went 8-0-1, playing six of the ten games on the road. The lone loss was a shootout at Tri City. The Steel started the month in 4th place in the East behind Indiana, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo and despite the great month also ended the month in 4th, as the Black Hawks were almost as hot as the Steel matching wins with them. The highlight of the month was two wins over Cedar Rapids as the Steel took both ends of the home and home series. CR was on a six game home win streak and had a 9-0-1 record the last ten games vs the Steel. Big wins for the Steel.
The month of February already has two games in the books, both losses to the Indiana Ice who lead the whole league in points. This was a chance to gauge the Steel's recent successful run against the top team in the league, and although the Steel went winless vs Indiana they didn't disappoint. The home and home vs the Ice saw both games end with Indy winning 2-1, although the Saturday contest in Chicago went to an 8 round shootout before the Steel finally fell.
The remainder of February will see the Steel battle some top clubs. With the two vs Indy out of the way the Steel are at Omaha next, then go to Sioux City before returning home to play the Musketeers two more times. Indeed a rough stretch for any club, as the six games have the Steel facing the top teams in each division, Indy and Omaha, and the second place Musketeers. February has the Steel at home for six of the ten games, including five in a row.