Contact: Sarah Waldhauser
ROMEOVILLE, Illinois-The Twin City Steel went undefeated in the NA3HL Showcase after they defeated the Wisconsin Whalers 7-2 on Monday afternoon at Romeoville Rink 1.
The Steel started things off in the first period with an even strength goal from Ben Ihrie with an assist from Tyler Lodin at 5:49. The Whalers tied things up at 9:41 with a shorthanded goal from Zach Johnson. Less than two minutes later, Ben Ihrie found the back of the net for a second time to reclaim the lead for the Steel. At 18:49, Jace Childs scored an unassisted goal and gave the Steel a 3-1 lead over the Whalers.
The Steel continued to put the pressure on the Whalers in the second period. At 6:23, Alexander Konnov scored a power play goal and the Steel took a 4-1 lead. Tyler Lodin lit the lamp at the 18:27 mark and the Steel ended the period up 5-1 over the Whalers.
The Whalers scored early in the third period to reduce the Steel’s lead. At 3:25, Jason Hoehn gave the Whalers an even strength goal. At 9:00, Jace Childs gave the Steel a 6-2 lead with an even strength goal. Alexander Konnov and Isaac Hale picked up assists on the goal. Then, with just two seconds left to go in the game, things got very exciting for the Steel as Jace Childs recorded a hat trick and gave the Steel a 7-2 final over the Whalers.
Goaltender Jackson Germaine made 19 saves and the Steel shut down all seven of the Whalers power play opportunities. The Steel ended up being one of three teams to go undefeated in the NA3HL Showcase and they outscored their opponents 21-8. After the showcase, Jace Childs was the NA3HL point leader with 45 points.
NEXT UP-The Twin City Steel (11-10-2) will enjoy some time off to celebrate Thanksgiving, but they will be back on the ice December 6th and 7th at the Vadnais Sports Center as they host the North Iowa Bulls (18-0-0). Faceoff is set for 7:30 for both Friday’s and Saturday’s game.