By: E Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
Rochester got on the board first and took their only lead of the game 23 seconds into the first period. Matthew Shupert snuck the puck into the net behind New Ulm’s goaltender, Ryan Bielenberg. Kirk Coppock grabbed the puck out of the net and shot it up to the neutral zone. With 19:36 on the clock, Rochester’s goal light lit up, but the play carried on. At the next whistle, the officials ruled that it was indeed a goal.
Luc Kreuser tied the game up 1-1 at 13:26 of the first period. Max Kjome shot the puck through the legs of Rochester’s goaltender, Luke Murphy. It stopped just outside the goal line and Kreuser tapped it in.
Jimmy Miller had a great chance to give New Ulm the lead late in the first period on a breakaway. Miller was given a penalty shot because of a blatant trip. Murphy made the save and kept the game tied heading into the second period.
New Ulm scored four consecutive goals in the second period. Alex Nagel scored 5:02 into the second period to break the tie. Smith passed the puck to Steven Mordini in the slot. Mordini made a perfect pass to set up Nagel for a backdoor shot.
Ryan Smith and Kjome scored just 24 seconds apart to put New Ulm up 4-1 at the seven minute mark of the second period.
Mordini scored the eventual game-winning goal on the power play at 11:31 of the second period. Sam Storlie faked a shot at the top of the left circle, passed it down low to Kreuser who passed it right back to Storlie. Storlie passed it over to Mordini for the one-timer that went in glove side.
Rochester scored one goal in the second period and two goals in the third period. Zach Curry, Alex Tarr and Drew Westphal scored one goal each. Noah Roach contributed two assists. Skylar Watt, Austyn Renn, Conor Parker and Shupert each tallied one assist.
Smith scored New Ulm’s sixth goal of the night 10:09 into the third period. Smith dangled in front and beat Rochester’s goaltender Drew Schenkenberg glove side, lifting the puck over his left pad.
Ryan Bielenberg faced 29 shots and made 25 saves for New Ulm. Rochester’s goaltender Murphy made 26 saves on the 30 shots he faced. Murphy was pulled 7:52 into the second period and replaced by Schenkenberg. Schenkenberg stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced for Rochester.
New Ulm totaled 12 penalty minutes on six infractions and went 2-for-5 on the power play. Rochester had a total of 14 penalty minutes on seven infractions and went 2-for-6 on the power play.