By: E Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
The New Ulm Steel, after losing to the North Iowa Bulls 5-2 on home ice for the Home Opener last Saturday, had to endure a painful 7-0 loss in North Iowa for their opening night.
New Ulm had a tough time getting a guy in front of the net and therefore did not get many scoring chances. On the other hand, North Iowa had an easy time getting a guy in front, as four out of their seven goals scored were scored from the slot.
New Ulm was also struggling with passing that led to multiple turnovers. Two of the seven goals scored were the result of a turnover in New Ulm’s zone, with one resulting in a short-handed breakaway opportunity that North Iowa capitalized on.
James Royce, although a far from ideal conclusion on the scoreboard, was overall solid in the net, making 31 saves, and stopping many shots that were prime scoring chances for North Iowa.
North Iowa’s goaltender, Connor Poczos, recorded the shutout with 32 saves.
New Ulm totaled 18 penalty minutes on nine infractions and went 0-for-6 on the power play. North Iowa had a total of 16 penalty minutes on eight infractions and went 0-for-8 on the power play.