By: E Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
The New Ulm Steel came out dominating in Rochester Saturday night. They controlled the majority of puck possession and produced two goals, scored by Michael Savelkoul and Jacob Halvorson, in the first period. The Rochester Grizzlies were able to net one in the first period with just 11 seconds left on the clock.
Special teams was the difference maker in the outcome of the game. New Ulm’s power play is continuously proving to be ineffective as they had eight power play opportunities and failed to capitalize on any of them. On the other side, the first two goals scored by Rochester, that tied the game, were both on the power play.
Things began to go downhill for New Ulm about halfway through the second period, when Peyton Hart scored the go-ahead goal at 9:37.
Rochester scored three consecutive goals in the remaining minutes of the second period and into the third period.
New Ulm’s point and goal leader, Jarrett Cammarata, scored New Ulm’s third goal of the night at the 16:14 mark of the third period, with assists from Brian Oare and Oliver Hoeschen, to make the score 5-3.
Henry Baribeau was pulled for the extra attacker with just over two minutes remaining in regulation time. Matthew DeRosa scored the empty net goal with 52 seconds on the clock that made the final score 6-3.
Baribeau made 41 saves on the 46 shots he faced for New Ulm. Rochester’s goaltender, Nick Bucklin, stopped 35 of the 38 shots he faced.
The New Ulm Steel have two away games next weekend. Friday, November 16 against the Alexandria Blizzard and Saturday, November 17 against the division-leading Granite City Lumberjacks.