By: E Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
The New Ulm Steel and the Granite City Lumberjacks played an intense and infuriating game that was highly influenced by the officiating. It quickly got out of control, with the rink workers having to clean blood off the ice more than once.
New Ulm had a 2-0 lead on Granite City early in the first period. Granite City dominated the scoring from then on. Shots on goal were almost even at 29-28 in favor of New Ulm.
Jack Parks opened the scoring 1:25 into the first period. Alec Moser took a shot from the point that was blocked and landed just outside the crease. Parks scored with a backhand, no look shot that slid past David Mulligan’s right pad.
Ryan Smith added a goal for New Ulm in the third period at 13:22 on the power play.
Ryan Kenny played all but 57 seconds of the game and made 22 saves in the 28 shots he faced. Ryan Bielenberg was put in at the end of the second period after Granite City’s sixth goal. Bielenberg didn’t face a single shot. Granite City’s goaltender, Mulligan, stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced.
New Ulm totaled 16 penalty minutes on eight infractions and went 1-for-5 on the power play. Granite City had a total of 14 penalty minutes on seven infractions and went 1-for-6 on the power play.
New Ulm Steel Point Summary: Ryan Smith(1g, 1a), Luc Kreuser(1g, 1a), Jack Parks(1g), Alec Moser(1a), Austin Langworthy(1a), Steven Mordini(1a)
Granite City Lumberjacks: Bailey Sommers(2g), Owen Sikich(1g, 1a), Jordan Olson(1g), Chase DiBari(1g), Seth Towers(1g), Braden Altena(2a), Cole Buhl(1a), Brandon Baker(1a), Nick Castro(1a), Sean Salz(1a)