By: E Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
Strong play and solid goaltending made this a tight contest, with first place in the West Division on the line. The New Ulm Steel was able to push past the Granite City Lumberjacks after losing their 1-0 lead early in the game and trailing 2-1 late in the third period.
At 16:07 into the third period, Jarrett Cammarata was left wide open in the offensive zone while Granite City was making a line change and both of the defenders below the goal line. Jack Parks passed to Cammarata in the slot as Granite City’s forwards rushed back to the net. Cammarata made a quick shot that went past the glove of David Mulligan to put New Ulm back in the lead.
Alex Nagel opened the scoring at the 8:28 mark of the first period. Kirk Coppock skated into the offensive zone after taking back possession at the blue line. Coppock made a tricky pass to Alex Nagel at the point as he skated in front of him. Nagel took a shot, as soon as Coppock was out of the way, and buried the puck.
Ryan Kenny faced 30 shots and made 28 saves for New Ulm. Granite City’s goaltender, Mulligan, stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced.
New Ulm totaled 10 penalty minutes on five infractions and went 0-for-3 on the power play. Granite City had a total of 10 penalty minutes on five infractions and went 2-for-3 on the power play.
New Ulm Steel Point Summary: Jarrett Cammarata(1g), Sam Storlie(1g), Alex Nagel(1g), Kirk Coppock(1a), Nick Wieben(1a), Oliver Hoeschen(1a), Jack Parks(1a)
Granite City Lumberjacks Point Summary: Brandon Bissett(1g), Brandon Baker(1g), Matt Moran(1a), Chase DiBari(1a), Sean Salz(1a)