By: Joel Rains,

The Granite City Lumberjacks scored their second goal at the 8:42 mark of the second period Friday night and that proved to be enough to get past the New Ulm Steel. 

Granite City got the scoring started, 1:08 into the second period, off the stick of Josh Baker, who scored his fourth goal of the season Friday. It was Kearby Larson and his fourth goal of the season that would prove to be too much for the Steel in the second period. The Steel got one back off Glavine Schugel’s second goal on the year but were unable to get another goal after that.

Granite City held off the New Ulm Steel power play twice in this game.

Perhaps the biggest killer of all for the Steel was the play of Lumberjacks goalie Nate Johnston who entered the contest with a 1.67 GAA in six games. Keeping that average low, Johnston had 18 saves on 19 opportunities, shutting down nearly every opportunity the Steel tried to score on. 

Next weekend, the Steel welcome in the Central Division leading St. Louis Jr. Blues for two games on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16. Both games are slated for a 7:10 p.m.  puck drop at the New Ulm Civic Center.