By: E Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
The New Ulm Steel opened their 2018-19 season Saturday night in Breezy Point, Minnesota. After obtaining a 7-1-0 record against the Breezy Point North Stars last season, New Ulm was able to put another one in the win column, beating Breezy Point, 5-2, and outshooting them 48-30.
The first 40 minutes of play stayed fairly even, with each team scoring two goals and committing six infractions. Breezy Point struck first with a power-play goal from Dylan Borseth 7:39 into the first period. It seemed the first period would end with New Ulm trailing 1-0 until Breezy Point’s Lukas Brockman was called for slashing to give New Ulm a power play with just 12 seconds remaining in the period. Baylor Hudson, with assists from James Spaargaren and Jacob Halvorson, found the back of the net, five seconds into the power play, to tie the game up at 1-1.
Jacob Halvorson gave New Ulm a 2-1 lead early in the second period at 4:44. Keegan Bauman and Valters Midegs were credited with the assists. Josh Maucieri tied the game up at 2-2 with a power-play goal at the 13:46 mark of the second period.
New Ulm was able to shut down Breezy Point in the third period. Hunter Johnson put New Ulm up 3-2 with a power-play goal at 1:51. New Ulm’s final two goals were scored by Jarrett Cammarata and Jack Parks, with each being credited with the primary assist on the other’s goal.
Henry Baribeau faced 30 shots and made 28 saves for New Ulm. Breezy Point’s goaltender, Max Eilefson, stopped 43 of the 48 shots New Ulm generated.
New Ulm had a total of 26 penalty minutes on nine infractions and went 2-for-8 on the power play. Breezy Point totaled 16 penalty minutes on eight infractions and went 2-for-9 on the power play.
NUM: Jacob Halvorson[1g, 1a], Jarrett Cammarata[1g, 1a], Jack Parks[1g, 1a], Baylor Hudson[1g], Hunter Johnson[1g], James Spaargaren[2a], Sam Ayd[2a], Keegan Bauman[1a], Valters Midegs[1a], Jordan Cooper[1a]
BZP: Josh Maucieri[1g, 1a], Dylan Borseth[1g], Reid Morin[1a], Evan O’Connor[1a], Danny Wieber[1a]
The New Ulm Steel will be back in action for their Home Opener Saturday, September 22. The puck will drop at 7:10 p.m. against the North Iowa Bulls.