Contact: Sarah Waldhauser
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.-The Twin City Steel took the Western Division leading Granite City Lumberjacks into a thrilling shootout on Friday night at the Vadnais Sports Center, but fell short in the 9th round as the Lumberjacks went on to take a 3-2 victory.
The Steel started off strong early in the first period when Calvin Miska put his team on the board just 24 seconds into the game. Alexander Konnov and Jerod Sabaska picked up assists on the goal. Goaltender Jordan Moran made 13 saves during the period and the Steel held onto their 1-0 lead.
Miska found the back of the net yet again at the 13:08 mark of the second period with the first assist going to Jace Childs. Newly acquired defenseman Mathias Ahman, in his first game with the Steel, picked up the second assist on the goal. Less than two minutes later the Lumberjacks got past Moran with a power play goal from Drew Otto.
The Steel kept their 2-1 lead until the Lumberjacks’ Aidan Verbeke tied things up at 14:29. Shots were 10-8 in favor of the Steel. At the end of the period the teams were tied at two and headed to overtime. After playing five minutes of four-on-four hockey, the teams were still tied at two and went into a shootout.
Steel defenseman Jerod Sabaska was the first to strike in the shootout, finding the back of the net in the second round. Lumberjacks’ Drew Otto kept his team alive in the fourth round. The shootout score remained 1-1 until all the way until the ninth round when Lumberjacks’ forward Zach Sikich got past Moran to give the team a 2-1 lead. The Steel were unable to answer back in the ninth round and the Lumberjacks’ walked away with a 3-2 win.
NEXT UP-The Twin City Steel (5-10-2) will host the Breezy Point North Stars (3-13-1) on Friday, November 15th at 7:30 at the Vadnais Sports Center.