New Ulm and La Crosse were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period. La Crosse had a strong second period to obtain a 3-2 lead to start the third period. New Ulm scored two goals in the third period to take the, 4-3, win.
La Crosse’s Tyler Briley and Matt Wolter each scored a goal in the first three minutes of the second period. Danny Toycen, Brendan Elliot and Dylan Goggin each tallied one assist in the second period.
Kreuser scored 22 seconds into the third period with assists from Nagel and Bennett Witta. The game was tied at 3-3 until Jared Erickson scored an unassisted short-handed goal at the 8:45 mark of the third period to give New Ulm the 4-3 lead.
New Ulm and La Crosse each totaled 10 penalty minutes on five infractions. New Ulm went 0-for-3 on the power play and La Crosse went 1-for-4.