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U17s fall to Chicago Steel, 6-3

By, 12/29/18, 10:45PM EST


The U17s return to action on Jan. 3 against Tri-City Storm

Photo by Michael Caples

PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Luke Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Daniyal Dzhaniyev (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and Thomas Bordeleau (Houston, Texas) tallied goals for Team USA in the U17’s 6-3 loss to the Chicago Steel at Fox Valley Ice Arena on Saturday.

The U17’s overall record is now 10-14-1-2, and Team USA’s USHL record is 7-10-1-2. Chicago’s record improves to 16-10-1-0 with the win.

The Steel struck 10 seconds into regulation with a goal from Neil Shea, assisted by Christian Sarlo and Nick Abruzzese, capturing a 1-0 lead.

Despite a successful penalty kill and two power play opportunities in the first frame, the U17s could not find the back of the net and entered the intermission with a one-goal deficit.

Box Score

The score remained locked at 1-0 after forty minutes of play. Drew Commesso (Norwell, Mass.) made eight saves in the period to keep the Steel off of the scoreboard.

Steel goaltender Justin Robbins held off strong scoring efforts from Team USA, including Brock Faber’s (Maple Grove, Minn.) breakaway opportunity at 7:57 of the middle frame.

Chicago doubled its lead early in the third period as Shea scored his second goal of the game within 16 seconds of the opening faceoff.

Team USA got on the board at 3:33 with an unassisted, power play goal from Tuch, who sent the puck past Robbins from the top of the circle, putting the U17s within one.

Steel forward Sarlo regained Chicago’s two-goal lead at 5:03 with a power play goal, and Shea tallying an assist.

John Spetz scored a power play goal at 8:52, with an assist from Travis Treloar, to extend the Steel's lead to 4-1. 

Dzhaniyev tucked the puck into Chicago’s net during a scrum at 9:49, cutting the Steel's lead to 4-2.

Chicago’s Abruzzese scored with 6:46 remaining, and Matteo Pietroniro scored on an empty net with 3:27 to go, putting the Steel’s ahead by a four-goal margin.

Bordeleau scored with 2:09 left in the third period to put the U17s within three, but Team USA ultimately could not recover from the deficit.

Commesso made 24 saves in the loss.

The U17s return USA Hockey Arena for another USHL matchup on Jan. 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET against the Tri-City Storm. Tickets for all Team USA games can be purchased by visiting the USA Hockey Arena box office located at 14900 Beck Rd. in Plymouth, Michigan, by calling 743-453-8400 or by visiting

NOTES: Team USA outshot Chicago 31-30... Team USA went 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill.

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