BILLING, ERICKSON COMBINED FOUR GOALS NOT ENOUGH IN, 7-4, LOSS TO ALEXANDRIA

New Ulm was trailing Alexandria 6-4 near the end of the third period. Jon Albers was pulled for an extra attacker with 2:45 remaining in the game. Alexandria scored on the empty net 14 seconds later. New Ulm, despite leading in shots 40-39, fell to Alexandria, 7-4.

Vincent Billing scored two goals for New Ulm in the first period. He scored his first goal 2:46 into the game with an assist from Dylan Leivermann to give New Ulm an early 1-0 lead. Billing’s second goal was scored at 15:18 into the first period. Orlando Scherz was credited with the assist.

Alexandria also scored two goals in the first period. David Carey got Alexandria on the board at 9:18 into the first period with assists from Riley Meyer and Logan Nelson. Tosten Mann scored at 16:08 into the first period with an assist from Brenden Payne.

Josiah Roen and Emil Lindfors each scored one goal in the second period for Alexandria. Carey, Jack Mellstrom, Connor Nilson and Caleb Anderson each registered one assist in the second period.

Jared Erickson netted two goals for New Ulm. Erickson’s first goal was scored 22 seconds into the third period on the power play with assists from Luc Kreuser and Alex Nagel. Erickson scored his second goal of the night at 15:11 into the third period. Fritz Belisle and Kreuser were credited with the assists. With that goal, Erickson is the Steel’s franchise point leader with 104 points.

Payne, Logan Nelson and Lindfors each scored one goal in the third period for Alexandria. Mann, Anderson, Lindfors, Meyer and Payne each registered one assist.

Jon Albers stopped 32 of the 38 shots he faced for New Ulm. Alexandria’s goaltender, Michael Hughes, faced 40 shots and made 36 saves.

New Ulm had a total of six penalty minutes on three infractions and went 2-for-10 on the power play. Alexandria totaled 32 penalty minutes on 12 infractions and went 1-for-2 on the power play.