By: E Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
This game was a barn burner to say the least. The New Ulm Steel and the Granite City Lumberjacks played sixty thrilling minutes with an abundance of goals and penalties. New Ulm was able to grab the win and be the first team in the West Division to clinch a playoff spot.
New Ulm scored four unanswered goals through the first half of the game. Sam Storlie, Nick Wieben and Alex Nagel each scored a power-play goal in the first period and Jarrett Cammarata scored at 3:24 of the second period on a 2-on-1 rush with Kirk Coppock.
Braden Altena’s tally and Nagel’s power-play goal made the score 6-3 late in the third period. Baker added a fourth goal for Granite City with 3:05 remaining in regulation time. David Mulligan was pulled for the extra attacker with just under a minute remaining. New Ulm was able to hold on to the two-goal lead and win the game, 6-4.
Ryan Kenny made 40 saves on the 44 shots he faced for New Ulm. Granite City’s goaltender, Mulligan faced 38 shots and made 32 saves.
New Ulm totaled 24 penalty minutes on eight infractions and went 4-for-4 on the power play. Granite City had a total of 37 penalty minutes on eight infractions and went 1-for-5 on the power play.
New Ulm Steel Point Summary: Alex Nagel(2g, 1a), Sam Storlie(1g, 1a), Jarrett Cammarata(1g, 1a), Kirk Coppock(1g), Nick Wieben(1g), Luc Kreuser(2a), Trevor Woytcke(2a), Max Kjome(1a)
Granite City Lumberjacks Point Summary: Brandon Baker(2g), Braden Altena(1g, 2a), Chase DiBari(1g, 1a), Austin Schoenberg(2a), Logan Neu(1a), Chris Beyer(1a), Brady Dahl(1a)