Contact: Sarah Waldhauser
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.-The Twin City Steel went 0-9 on their power play in a 6-1 loss during the first of a two-game home series against the North Iowa Bulls at the Vadnais Sports Center.
The Bulls got on the board first at 11:39 of the first period with an even strength goal from Brandon Anderson. The Bulls’ Richie Marenis extended the lead right at the buzzer and the period ended with the Bulls up 2-0 over the Steel. Shots were 15-6 in favor of the Bulls during the period.
The second period was all North Iowa as they found the back of the net twice more. At the 4:15 mark, Dylan Zins gave the Bulls a 3-0 lead with an even strength goal. Matt Kroska followed suit at 17:36 and the Bulls ended the period up 4-0 over the Steel.
The Bulls went up 5-0 early in the third period with an even strength goal from Ian Penvose at 3:19. The Steel finally got on the board at 8:25 when defenseman Isaac Hale lit the lamp with an even-strength goal. Jace Childs and Jerod Sabaska picked up the assists. At 11:51, North Iowa’s Matt Kroska gave the Bulls a 6-1 final over the Steel with an unassisted goal.
On Saturday night the Steel stepped onto the ice looking to redeem themselves, but were once again overpowered by the Bulls as they suffered a 5-0 loss on their home ice at the Vadnais Sports Center.
The first period of play was very quiet. No goals were scored and no penalties were taken by either team. Goaltender Jackson Germaine came up big for the Steel as he made 18 saves during the period.
The action picked up during the second period when the Bulls scored three even strength goals within five minutes. The first came at 10:33 from Brandon Anderson. Conor Jonasson followed close behind at the 12:47 mark. Dylan Zins finished off the scoring for the period at 15:09 and the Bulls skated into the third period with a 3-0 lead over the Steel.
It did not take long for the Bulls to strike again in the third period. At 4:21, Ron Lindgren put the Bulls up 4-0 with an even strength goal. The Steel were able to kill off a minor penalty for hooking at the 8:30 mark before giving up one last even strength goal to Matt Kroska to give the Bulls a 5-0 shutout victory.
NEXT UP-The Steel (11-12-2) will travel up to Alexandria to take on the Blizzard (16-8-0) on Friday, December 13th at the Runestone Community Center. Faceoff is set for 7:10.