New Ulm took a 1-0 series lead, defeating Granite City, 3-2. Nathan Siclovan had another incredible night in net, making 40 saves on the 42 shots he faced for New Ulm.
Jared Erickson scored a short-handed goal with 3:42 remaining in the game off a beautiful pass from Sam Wenner. New Ulm was able to hold on to the 3-2 lead to take the win, despite being on a penalty kill for the last minute of the game.
Alex Egle tied the game up at 1-1 less than one minute later with a stunning breakaway goal.
New Ulm totaled 41 penalty minutes on 10 infractions and went 0-for-5 on the power play. Granite City had a total of 39 penalty minutes on nine infractions and went 1-for-5 on the power play.