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2016 NA3HL draft recap

Yesterday the Steel boosted their roster with the NA3HL draft. The Steel had a total of thirteen draft picks.

 First round the Steel selected forward Judd Schulz from Mankato, Minnesota. Schulz played for Mankato East last year. Skating in 24 games, scoring 26 goals and 24 assists for 60 points.

Second round the Steel selected forward Blake Ripley from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Ripley played for Waunakee High School last year. As a captain, he skated in 24 games, scoring 35 goals and 52 assist for 87 points.

Third round the Steel selected defensemen Jared Mickelson from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Before the high school season started Mickelson played for the St. Croix Valley Magicians. Skating in 17 games, scoring 11 goals and 4 assists for 15 points. After his time in St. Croix, Mickelson played for Edina High School. Mickelson played in 24 games, scoring 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points.

Fourth round the Steel had two draft pick. With the first selection we took defensemen Alec Wedell from Stillwater, Minnesota. Wedell played for the St. Croix Valley Magicians last year. Skating in 48 games, scoring 6 goals and 6 assists for 12 points. With our second pick in the fourth round, the Steel select defensemen Alex Spencer from Duluth, Minnesota. Spencer played for Duluth East High School last year. Spencer skated in 21 games, scoring 0 goals and 8 assist for 8 points.

Fifth round the Steel had two draft picks. With the first pick we selected forward Kobe Keller from Mosinee, Wisconsin. Kobe played for the Milwaukee JR. Admirals U18 team. Were he skated in 30 games, scoring 8 goals and 11 assists for 19 points. With the second pick in round five the Steel select defensemen Cole Lawrence from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Lawrence was the captain for the Eden Prairie Eagles last year. Skating in 25 games, scoring 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points.

Sixth round the Steel had two draft picks. With the first pick the Steel selected Curtis Hansen from Prior Lake, Minnesota. Hansen played for Prior Lake High School Last year. Skating in 24 games, scoring 7 goals and 15 assist for 22 points. With the second pick in round six, the Steel selected forward Brendan Ryan from Minnetonka, Minnesota. Ryan played for Minnetonka High School last year. Skating in 25 games, scoring 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 point

Seventh round the Steel had two draft picks.With the first pick the Steel selected forward Erik Rainersson from Sweden. Rainersson played for the IF Bjorkloven j20 team last year. Skating in 20 games, scoring 2 goals and 9 assists for 11 points. The Steel selected forward Oskari Valli from Finland. Valli played for the Assat U17 last year. Skating in 13 games, scoring 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points.

Eighth round the Steel had two draft picks. with the first pick the Steel selected forward Jacob Gammicchia from Shelby Township, Michigan. Gammicchia played for the Minot Minotauros and Minnesota Magicians last year. Skating in 16 games, scoring 1 goal and 3 assist for 4 points for the Minotauros. As well as skating in 17 games, scoring 1 goal and 3 assist for 4 points for the Magicians. With our last pick, we selected defensemen Keenan Spillum from Phoenix, Arizona. Spillum played for the Corpus Christi Ice Rays last year. Skating in 55 games, scoring o goals and 1 assist for 1 point.

Witta, Perunovich and Kresuer all sign NAHL Tenders

The Twin City Steel, proud members of the NA3HL are excited to announce that forward Luc Kreuser (Wisconsin Rapids, WI), defenseman Bennett Witta (Minnetonka, MN) and Defenseman Luke Perunovich (Edina, MN) have all signed NAHL tenders

Krueser, a native of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin was stellar in his first year in the NA3HL In 54 games played Kreuser was second on the Steel in scoring with 62 points (23 goals and 39 assists) and a +24 rating.

In addition to being a leader for the Steel Kreuser was also selected as a member of the top prospects tournament in February.

"Luc was an exceptional player to coach," said Steel Head Coach Jay Witta. "His drive to improve and his vision on the ice will translate well at the next level. I am excited to see the big things in store for Luc."

Joining Kreuser at the Generals are Steel blueliners Bennett Witta and Luke Perunovich.

Witta, a Minnetonka Minnesota native was in his second full season with the Steel. Witta led the Steel defensive core in scoring during the regular season with 27 points (6 goals and 21 assists) in 46 games played. In addition he was a member of the top prospects tournament in Michigan during February.

"Bennett truly epitomizes the word development and improvement." said Steel General Manager Bryant Black. "The way he has progressed this season is remarkable and I am positvie he will continue to develop and become a better hockey player at the next level."

Finally joining Witta and Kreuser is Luke Perunovich an Edina, Minnesota native. Luke joined the steel later in the season but in his 19 games he quickly left his mark on the Steel blueline.

"Coming in mid season can be difficult for some players" said Head Coach Witta "but the transition for Luke was so simple and smooth. He was a staple on the blueline and one of the best defenseman in the league this season."

"The Northeast Generals are incredibly excited to have signed 3 players from Twin-City Steel," said Generals Head Coach Brian Erikson. "Each player brings his own unique style and personality to the team but they are the exact type of kid we were targeting from day 1, great kids off the ice and good hockey players with the chance to be great.  Bennett Witta has a unique style to his game, he's big and mean but also has the ability to change the game with his offensive skills, he is an impact player for us.  Luke Perunovich is a player who can help control the game from the blue line with his high hockey IQ, quick feet and great positioning.  Luc Krueser brings NAHL ready speed to our offense.  He's a 2 way forward that is incredibly good in the defensive zone but also has the speed and hands to be a force on the scoresheet.
 

Krueser, Witta and Perunovich join Belisle and Mckeeby making that 5 NAHL tenders sign by the steel this season.

Stehr Commits to St. Olaf

The Twin City Steel, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that defenseman Paul Stehr (Forest Lake, MN) has committed to play college hockey at St. Olaf College. St. Olaf College is a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and is a proud member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

“Paul is a very hard worker both on and off the ice” said Steel General Manager Bryant Black. “His focus and determination to improve as a hockey player are what created this opportunity for himself.”

Stehr, 20, was a standout on the blue line for the Steel this season. In 45 games Stehr had 31 points and a whopping +44 which was good enough for a Steel record. 

When asked how about Stehr's commitment St.Olaf Head Coach Goldsworthy stated "We are excited about Paul's commitment to St. Olaf College. He has proved himself to be a top NA3HL defenseman and that should translate well to the next level."

In addition Sther was just named to the 1st team All West division last week.

 

Paul Stehr is the 3rd official commit of the 2015-16 season for the Twin City Steel to the NCAA joining Jay Paul and Joe Costello.

North Iowa downs Twin City in overtime, 4-3 (OT)

North Iowa\’s Kohei Sato scored 2:51 into overtime to beat Twin City, 4-3 (OT).

Sato had a great game for North Iowa, netting two goals.

North Iowa managed to stay out of the box better than usual, totaling one minor for two minutes in penalty time. North Iowa wound up below its season average of 5.0 penalty minutes per game. Twin City was unable to stop North Iowa from sending pucks towards the net, and North Iowa eventually piled up 35 shots on goal.

North Iowa also had goals scored by Joe Burgmeier and Austin Jackson, who scored one goal each. In addition, North Iowa received assists from Quinn Fuchs, Marshall Barnes, and Carmen Dalesandro, who contributed one each and Connor Bump and Brett Gravelle, who each chipped in two.

Twin City\’s offense rang up 35 shots on North Iowa\’s net.

Twin City was led by Yannick Zehnder, who racked up two goals. Zehnder scored the first of his two goals at 12:39 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Twin City. Nick McKeeby assisted on the tally. Zehnder\’s next tally made the score 2-2 with 4:11 left in the second period. Luc Kreuser picked up the assist. Twin City also got a goal from Zak Lambrecht as well. More assists for Twin City came via Paul Stehr, Tyler Nystrom, Jared Erickson, and Alex Egle, who contributed one each.

Tommi Ahlgren rejected 32 shots on goal for North Iowa. North Iowa registered one goal on four power play opportunities. Gunnar Howg made 31 saves for Twin City on 35 shots. Twin City incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.

Twin City downs Texas, 5-2

Joe Costello registered two points to lead Twin City to a 5-2 victory over Texas.

In a losing effort, Texas was led by Bryan Whelan, who tallied two goals. Whelan scored the first of his two goals at 45 seconds into the third period to make the score 1-1. George Hansen picked up the assist. Whelan\’s next tally made the score 3-2 Twin City with 13:07 left in the third period. Hansen assisted on the tally.

Twin City additionally got points from Paul Stehr, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Twin City also had goals scored by Nicholas Campbell, Alex Egle, and Yannick Zehnder, who scored one goal each. In addition, Twin City received assists from Tyler Nystrom, James Hale, Luc Kreuser, and Jay Paul, who each chipped in one.

Gunnar Howg made 17 saves for Twin City on 19 shots. Twin City incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. Texas\’ Brandon Perrone stopped 23 shots out of the 27 that he faced. Texas incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.

Metro boosted by Limburg’s play in net, beats Twin City 2-1

Metro relied on the sparkling performance of Kameron Limburg in net to grab a 2-1 win against Twin City.

Metro was led by Cam Schwartz, who racked up one goal and one assist. Schwartz scored 12:45 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Metro. David Chavis provided the assist.

Metro\’s offense operated below its season average. Metro averages 4.5 goals per game.

Metro also got a goal from Devin Kelly as well. More assists for Metro came via Jacob Gleason, who had one.

Twin City was led by Nick McKeeby, who scored the team\’s only goal. McKeeby scored on the power play 7:53 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Twin City had gotten the advantage when Metro\’s Jacob Drinkard was sent off for elbowing. Joe Costello picked up the assist.

Limburg rejected 27 shots on goal for Metro. Metro incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Gunnar Howg recorded 21 saves for Twin City. Twin City incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.

St. Louis holds on for 4-3 win against Twin City

Twin City tried to dig itself out of a two-goal hole, but St. Louis held on for a 4-3 victory.

A goal by Brian Schumacher put St. Louis up 4-2 in the third period, but Twin City pulled to within one on Fritz Belisle\’s tally 19:31 into the third period.

St. Louis was led by Schumacher, who had one goal. Schumacher scored 3:33 into the third period to make the score 4-2 St. Louis.

St. Louis also had goals scored by Sam Maddox, Teddy Cardinale, and Ezekiel Estrada, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for St. Louis were Tomas Loeffelman, who had two and Chris Brown and Joe Nolan, who each chipped in one.

Twin City forced St. Louis goalie Jacob Weatherly to work between the pipes, taking 35 shots.

Twin City was led by Jay Paul, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Paul scored 14:35 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Twin City. Nicholas Campbell provided the assist. Twin City also got points from Belisle, who also registered one goal and one assist. Luc Kreuser also scored for Twin City. More assists for Twin City came via Ben Hersman, Jared Erickson, and Yannick Zehnder, who contributed one each.

St. Louis\’ Weatherly stopped 32 shots out of the 35 that he faced. St. Louis incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Nathan Siclovan made 25 saves for Twin City on 29 shots. Twin City incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.

Zehnder Signs Pro Contract

The Twin City Steel, proud members of the NA3HL are proud to announce that forward Yannick Zehnder will be signing a professional contract with EV Zug's (Swiss National League A) new farm team which will begin play in Switzerland National B League in the 2016-17 season.  The team is closing the gap between the Junior Elite A and National League A teams.  Zehnder will be one of the younger players on the roster at just 18 years of age.

Zehnder has played 33 games with the Steel amassing 21 Goals and 26 Assists with a +17 rating.

"Yanni is a one of a kind player "said Steel head coach Jay Witta. "His playmaking ability and drive to succeed is so fun to watch.  He has fit in perfectly once joining the Steel and I know he will have a long career ahead of him."

Zehnder joins former Steel players Jonas Houvinen and Alexander Konnov to ink pro deals following their time with the Steel.

The Steel will be competing in the NA3HL Silver Cup beginning March 30th with first game against St. Louis.