By: Erica Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
An electrifying overtime, after an otherwise dull 60 minutes of regulation, resulted in a victory for the New Ulm Steel over the Breezy Point North Stars. Stanislav Danaev scored the game-winning goal, firing a slap shot from the slot with assists from linemates Nate Looft and Jack Parks during the 3-on-3 overtime.
Looft was the first to find the back of the net. He shot a puck from the point that found its way through traffic and past Breezy Point’s goaltender to put New Ulm up 1-0 at the 14:32 mark of the first period.
Jordan Linder tied it up at 1-1 for Breezy Point, with an assist from Braeden Zaste, with 1:21 remaining in the first period.
Joey Gimberlin and Tae Evans gave New Ulm a 3-1 lead, scoring two quick goals in the second period.
Goals by Breezy Point’s Linder and Alec Sorby forced the game into overtime tied at 3-3 with just under three minutes remaining in regulation.
Noah Friedrich made 29 saves on the 32 shots he faced for New Ulm. Breezy Point’s goaltender, Conan Hayton, stopped 54 of 58 shots.
New Ulm totaled eight penalty minutes on four infractions and went 0-for-2 on the power play. Breezy Point had a total of 16 penalty minutes on four infractions and went 0-for-3 on the power play.
The New Ulm Steel is back on the road again next weekend, facing the Granite City Lumberjacks for the second time this season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 5.