The North Iowa Bulls climbed out of a four-goal hole to beat the Twin City Steel, 8-5.
North Iowa never led in the game until netting the game winner. The Bulls was down 5-1 after a goal by Twin City\’s David Becker at 18:19 in the second period. North Iowa knotted things up at 5-5 on a goal by Ryan Durant at 9:08 in the third period. The Bulls netted the game winner at 11:04 in the third period on a goal by Durant.
Joe Burgmeier had one goal and two assists to lead North Iowa.
The Bulls outdid their season average for goals scored. North Iowa averages 5.2 goals per game. The Bulls\’ normally stingy defense allowed more goals than usual. North Iowa averages 1.8 goal allowed per game. The Bulls were ineffective while on the power play, as they were held to one goal off of nine man advantages.
North Iowa additionally got points from Johnny Panvica, who also racked up one goal and two assists, Brett Gravelle, who also tallied one goal and three assists to lead the team in points, Austin Jackson, who also had one goal and one assist, and Dylan Zins, who also registered one goal and two assists. North Iowa also got a goal from Connor Bump as well. In addition, North Iowa received assists from Sam Naegele, who had three and Jon Severson and Trey Gardner, who contributed one each.
The Steel forced their penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and one major for 59 minutes in penalty time. Twin City had been averaging 32.0 minutes in penalties per game. The defensemen of the Steel were also effective in North Iowa\’s zone, and came away with two goals.
Twin City was led by Kyle Wagner, who racked up one goal and two assists. Wagner scored 5:07 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Twin City. Twin City also had goals scored by Jon Plaszcz, James Hale, and Chris Skordilis, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Twin City were Aharon Lara, who had two and Alex Egle, Mikko Aho, Jay Paul, and Jake McGlocklin, who each chipped in one.
The Bulls\’ Tommi Ahlgren stopped 22 shots out of the 27 that he faced. North Iowa incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. The Steel\’s starting goalie, Parker Butler, made 16 saves and finished with the loss before he was taken out in favor of Robbie Goor, who stopped six shots. Twin City registered one goal on five power play opportunities. Team\’s Hale and Russel Barone were slapped with misconducts and ejected from the game.