By: E Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
The New Ulm Steel had to either win or force the game into overtime to take take the first place position in the West Division. New Ulm failed to do so and ended up with the same amount of points as the Granite City Lumberjacks. In the event of tie breaker, the winner is decided by total wins. New Ulm ended the regular season with a 5-2-1 record against Granite City, but they had three more wins than New Ulm.
New Ulm had a 1-0 lead on the North Iowa Bulls with a goal from Zach Heiser at 12:49 of the first period. Shane Bernhardson tied the game up at 1-1 with exactly one minute remaining in the first period.
Dayton Honkanen gave North Iowa a 2-1 lead in the second period. Dan Sandvig and Bernhardson extended North Iowa’s lead to 4-1 with a pair of power-play goals in the third period. Matt Dahlseide scored on the empty net simultaneously with the final horn for a final score of, 5-1.
New Ulm totaled eight penalty minutes on four infractions and went 0-for-5 on the power play. North Iowa had a total of 10 penalty minutes on five infractions and went 2-for-4 on the power play.
New Ulm Steel Point Summary: Zach Heiser(1g), Austin Langworthy(1a), Luc Kreuser(1a)
North Iowa Bulls Point Summary: Shane Bernhardson(2g), Matt Dahlseide(1g, 1a), Dan Sandvig(1g, 1a), Alex Timm(2a), Jake Joyaux(1a), Josh Arnold(1a), John Studioso(1a)