By: Joel Rains,

The New Ulm Steel opened a two-game series with the St. Louis Jr. Blues with a loss on Friday. The Blues put up three in the second period and that was more than enough to finish the deal. The final score was 6-1.

The first period was quiet in goals but loud in action. Both teams were involved in some extra-curricular activities that resulted in five penalties in the first period of action. For the Steel, both Parker Dorn and Kadyn Fennell spent time in the box for cross checking, roughing, and too many men on the ice. For the Blues, it was Stewart and Morgan for slashing and tripping respectively. The penalty kills for both teams came up big as the first period ended 0-0.

The second period led to a lot more action in both goals and penalties. It started fast and often as Clayton Dawe, Joey Solimando and Corey Stormer all served two minutes just 1:10 into the second period. Another penalty kill for the Blues led to Clayton Dawe putting in his third goal of the season after 6:11 of play. Corey Stormer served another two-minute minor, this time for tripping, as the Steel killed off their second power play on the night. Joey Solimando and Chase Morgan put up goals halfway through the second period as the Blues skated off the ice in the second period, up 3-0 on the road.

Entering the third period, the Steel needed to get something going fast and they did just that as Denis Denisov put his first goal away for the Steel off a pass from Stanislav Danaev. Unfortunately, for the Steel, it was all Blues after that. Clayton Dawe scored his second of the game at the 10:36 mark and Evan Ross put two more in, one an empty-netter and the other in the waning seconds of the game to seal the deal at 6-1.

Penalties could have been the biggest story of the game as both teams served a combined 74 minutes of penalties. However, with the play of Will Oliver in goal for the St. Louis Jr. Blues, a case could be made that he was the biggest story of the game. Oliver shut down every chance the Steel had except one, off the stick of Denisov early in the third period, the Steel’s only goal of the game. Oliver saved 27 on 28 shot opportunities.

For the Steel, they look to get back on track tomorrow night at the same time against the same team, as the Steel welcome $1 hotdog night for Saturday nights game. Puck drop between the Steel and Blues is 7:10pm Saturday.