By: Joel Rains, nusteelhockey.com
The New Ulm Steel concluded a two-game series with the St. Louis Jr. Blues on Saturday evening. After losing to the Blues 6-1 on Friday, the Steel looked to bounce back in a big way and avoid three straight losses on home ice.
A key part for the Steel entering this game was getting the offense going early and they did just that as Brian Oare put his second goal of the year in the net just 1:35 into the game. The Steel weren’t done there. Jacob Zowin scored his second goal of the year 13 minutes into the game as the Steel went up 2-0. Valentin Kovalenko gave the Blues their first goal of the game as he snuck the puck past Jack Raymond in goal for the Steel. That was quickly answered by Jacob Berkowitz and his first goal of the year off a great open-ice pass from Keegan Bauman. In opposite fashion from Friday, the Steel went into the first period break up 3-1.
A tale of two periods for the Steel as the Blues were able to level the game at three after 40 minutes of hockey. Who else but Sean Hofstetter who put up his 19th and 20th goals of the season, one of them on a man advantage on a power play. After 40 minutes of hockey, the Steel found themselves in a battle tied at three.
Entering the third period, the Blues were on a 5-3 power play. The Steel penalty kill came up big again killing off two more penalties. Keegan Bauman and his second game winning goal proved to be too much for the Blues tonight as the Steel pulled away 4-3 after 5:21 of action in the third period. Jacob Berkowitz put his second goal of the game in an empty net with just a minute remaining to ice the game for the Steel. The final score was 5-3 as the Steel avoid a three game home losing streak.
For the Steel, Jack Raymond was the second star of the game as he put up 35 saves in 38 attempts. Another big key for the Steel was the play of the penalty killers, as the Blues only got one goal on five power play opportunities.
The Steel travel to Breezy Point for a Saturday night matchup on Saturday, November 23. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.