January 29, 2021

Coronato’s point streak makes USHL history

Chicago Steel forward Matthew Coronato has made quite the name for himself this season, flying up draft boards and forcing scouts to take notice.

The left winger recently broke the USHL record for the longest point streak, extending his run to 28 games. In that time, dating back to the 2019-20 season, Coronato collected 55 points. The record had been in place for more than four decades in the league.

“It’s not that I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but it’s not something that I go into every night focused on or looking to continue,” Coronato told NBC Chicago. “It’s something that is a result of hard work.”

“Points come in all different ways,” he said. “You can’t do it alone, so definitely thankful for my teammates, my linemates, and they know that I’m appreciative of them.”

Of those points, 40 of them came this season (17 goals, 23 assists) in his first 19 games. He’s since added one more goal, bringing his total to 18 goals, 23 assists in 22 games.

“Coronato has taken his game to a whole other level this year and has been amazing for the Chicago Steel, contributing offensively and defensively every single game,” FCHockey US regional scout Dylan Krill said. “Every shift he puts his foot on the gas and doesn’t take it off.

“His great ability to put the puck in the net while also playing a responsible 200-foot game will make him an attractive target at the draft, possibly in the first round if he stays consistent.”

The Harvard University commit leads the entire league in goals and points, and is second in assists behind teammate Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Sean Farrell.

Coronato, unlisted in FCHockey’s preliminary ranking for the 2021 NHL Draft, looks to be one of the biggest risers on the February update to those rankings.

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