The New Ulm Steel’s home opener was, simply put, an exciting 60 minutes of hockey. New Ulm native Glavine Schugel started things off with a wrister from the slot. 

The Alexandria Blizzard then took control with a goal near the end of the first period, scored by Derek Dropik. Carter Rieland gave the Blizzard a 2-1 lead at the 9:09 mark of the second period with a power-play goal. 

With the Steel down by one, Michael Savelkoul scored on a rush from the slot thanks to a great pass by Jacob Halvorson to his right. 

The Blizzard’s Shane Birkeland was assessed a hooking minor with 6:40 left in the game. Just nine seconds into the power play, Jacob Halvorson fired a shot from the left of the net that went in top shelf. The Steel was able to hold on to the 3-2 lead and secure the win. 

After a thrilling home-opener win Thursday night, New Ulm was due up to face the Coulee Region Chill in a home-and-home series.

Friday night, the Steel lost in a shootout, 4-3, on home ice. After a 1-0 deficit coming out of the first period, Stanislav Danaev got things going for the Steel with a stunning, coast-to-coast goal. 

Yanni Tsouroullis gave the Steel a 2-1 lead just 37 seconds into the third period with the second coast-to-coast goal of the night, but the Chill took back the lead with two quick goals, making the score 3-2. 

Keegan Bauman, with just 12 seconds remaining on the Steel power play, tipped in Tommy Broten’s shot from the point, ultimately forcing the game into overtime. 

Overtime still wasn’t enough, so the game ended in a shootout. Stanislav Danaev was the only Steel player to score in the shootout and it was, unfortunately, not enough.

Saturday night, the Steel was looking for revenge, but came up short losing to the Chill again. 

This game was defined by an abundance of penalties, with many that crossed the line of good sportsmanship. 

Joey Gimberlin opened the scoring 9:37 into the first period. Jacob Halvorson scored a goal in the second period, but the Chill tied the game up at 2-2 scoring a pair in the second period, as well. 

Halvorson took back the lead for the Steel in the third period, but soon after the Chill’s Jacob Best tied the game up again at 3-3. The game-winning goal was scored by Gadel Khismatullin for a final score of 4-3. 

In total, four of the Chill’s seven goals scored during regulation time were scored on the power play. In contrast, just one of the Steel’s six goals against the Chill were scored on the power play. 

Up next, the New Ulm Steel are playing a home-and-home series with the North Iowa Bulls starting Friday, October 25 at 7:10 p.m. at the New Ulm Civic Center.