By: Erica Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
The New Ulm Steel played their second game of the season last night and recorded their first win, beating the Breezy Point North Stars, 11-1. New Ulm’s speed throughout the entire 60 minutes of the game gave the team ample room to set up goal-scoring plays.
Jacob Halvorson opened the scoring at the 3:40 mark of the first period. Stanislav Danaev followed soon after, netting his own rebound just outside the crease to extend New Ulm’s lead to 2-0.
Breezy Point’s lone goal was scored at the 15:39 mark of the first period on the power play by Jaron Smith, assisted by Joe Slepica and Robin Praetz.
Halvorson scored his second goal of the night with 1:06 left to play in the first period, making the score 3-1 heading into the second period.
Jack Parks began his hat trick in the second period, scoring two goals. Brian Oare, Michael Savelkoul, Corey Stormer and Danaev also scored in the second period, giving New Ulm a 9-1 lead with one period still left to play.
Parks completed his hat trick 46 seconds into the third period with assists from Danaev and Teddy Lillico. Kadyn Fennell scored the final goal of the night with 44 seconds remaining on the clock.
Zac Hattan faced 23 shots and made 22 saves for New Ulm. Breezy Point’s starting goaltender, Griffin Foster, stopped 37 of the 44 shots he faced until he got pulled at 11:54 of the second period after New Ulm’s seventh goal. Jacob Mitchell finished the game, making 20 saves on 24 shots.
New Ulm totaled six penalty minutes on three infractions and went 1-for-3 on the power play. Breezy Point had a total of 10 penalty minutes on five infractions and went 1-for-1 on the power play.
New Ulm heads back to Breezy Point next weekend with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop Saturday, September 28.