By: Joel Rains, nusteelhockey.com
The Steel ran into a brick wall in a loss on Friday night. The brick wall’s name, Ville Hyttinen.
Tommy Broten got the Steel on the board with 6:45 to go in the first period, but that was all the scoring for the Steel. The Steel outshot the Alexandria Blizzard 38-25, but it was the Blizzard who outscored the Steel 3-1.
The Blizzard tied the game up in the second period off of Dylan Carlson’s fifth goal of the season. Nolan Westra scored his second goal of the season 14:27 into the second period to give the Blizzard a 2-1 lead and that was all they needed.
Alexandria gave up a power play with 8:16 to go in the game, a two-minute slashing minor on Val Popowski, giving the Steel a chance to get back into the game late in the third period. However, it was the Blizzard penalty kill that came up big to shut down the Steel, keeping the game at 3-1.
Villie Hyttinen saved 37 shots on 38 opportunities, leading the way for the Blizzard to get a road win in New Ulm
Saturday night was the same story just a different night for the New Ulm Steel.
It was Jonah Jangula getting on the board for Granite City just 2:12 into the game. Not long after that, the Lumberjacks went up 2-0 on the Steel’s home ice after Ryan Pogue put his second goal of the year in the net.
The Steel entered the second period on a man advantage due to a roughing minor on Jacob Schuldt leading to a Joey Gimberlin power-play goal off a face off, 22 seconds into the second period, cutting the Granite City lead to one.
It wouldn’t last for long though as Granite City answered back with a third goal off the stick of Troy Dahlheimer, his ninth of the season, to put the Lumberjacks back on top by two, 3-1.
The Steel sent Zac Hattan to the bench to get an extra man late in the third, allowing an empty-net goal for Kearby Larson to put the game on ice as the Lumberjacks skated to a 4-1 win.
Gimberlin’s power-play goal would be the lone goal of the night for the Steel, and the only power play goal of the weekend for the Steel as the Steel went 1-for-5 on the power play on the weekend.
The Steel look to get back on track as they host Breezy Point on Saturday, January 4 for a 7:10 p.m. puck drop.