By: E Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
The New Ulm Steel and the Alexandria Blizzard played a, statistically and physically, close game, but it was Alexandria that ultimately came away with the win. Shots were almost even at 33-32 in favor of New Ulm.
Alexandria scored an early goal just 20 seconds after the opening faceoff. Ryan Kenny, with five players just outside the crease, redirected a rebound with his left pad. Nicholas Lindgren jumped on the loose puck and shot it under Kenny’s glove and into the back of the net.
Max Kjome tied the game up 1-1 at 5:39 of the second period. Kjome jumped on the ice to start his shift, received a pass at the top of the circle, from Alex Nagel down low. Kjome carried the puck to the net and slid the puck though Brady Meyers’ five-hole.
The game started to escalate at the end of the second period, continuing into the third period. Bayler Kraus and Ryan Worley dropped the gloves at the 17:27 mark of the second period, resulting in two roughing minors, two fighting majors and ejections.
Alexandria’s Josiah Roen shoved Steven Mordini on the bench during play, which resulted in a brawl 11:39 into the third period. After four overlapping penalties, Riley Scanlon netted a power-play goal at 17:15 of the third period.
Kenny was pulled for the extra attacker with New Ulm trailing 2-1 and 1:35 on the clock. Alexandria got an empty net goal waved off due to a mistake of a linesman who failed to call an icing.
Kenny faced 32 shots and made 30 saves for New Ulm. Alexandria’s goaltender, Meyers, stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced.
New Ulm totaled 39 penalty minutes on nine infractions and went 0-for-4 on the power play. Alexandria had a total of 61 penalty minutes on 12 infractions and went 1-for-3 on the power play.
New Ulm Steel Point Summary: Max Kjome(1g), Alex Nagel(1a), Kirk Coppock(1a)