By: Erica Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
The New Ulm Steel played a great weekend of hockey. It was fast-paced, physical, smart and entertaining. On friday night, with Igor Samokhvalov in net, the Steel was able to shut out the Peoria mustangs, 3-0. On Saturday night, with Aj Cohen in net, the Steel had an aggressive offense, tallying 48 shots, and taking the win, 4-2.
FINAL: Steel 3 | Mustangs 0
Friday, January 17
The line of Nick Wieben, Stanislav Danaev, and Jack Parks really stepped up in a big way, with Wieben scoring two of the Steel’s three goals.
Wieben’s first goal was scored in the first period at 16:46. Jack Parks carried the puck down the ice, into the offensive zone. Danaev opened up a lane for Parks to make a sweet pass, over to Wieben on his left, who was able to beat the goalie on his blocker side.
Wieben’s second goal gave the Steel a 2-0 lead early in the second period and was also preceded by another smart pass from linemate Parks.
The Steel’s third and final goal of the night was scored soon after by Jacob Halvorson, with assists from Keegan Bauman and Michael Savelkoul.
Goaltender, Igor Samokhvalov, registered the win with a 26-save shutout.
FINAL: Steel 4 | Mustangs 2
Saturday, January 18
The difference-maker in this game was the line of Keegan Bauman, Jacob Halvorson, and Michael Savelkoul, tallying three of the Steel’s four goals on the night.
The Mustangs struck first with a goal at the 6:41 mark of the first period. Savelkoul answered back near the end of the first period, burying the puck on a rebound.
The Steel was scoreless in the second. Meanwhile, Connor Bennett gave the Mustangs a 2-1 lead to start the third period.
The Steel scored three goals in the third period, two of them courtesy of Steel captain, Bauman. Thanks to some really quick back-and-forth passing between Halvorson and Bauman, Bauman was able to finish the play and tie the game up at 2-2 at the 6:54 mark of the third period.
Joey Gimberlin tallied the game-winning goal with a rocket of a one-timer from the point, off a pass from Mason Enright.
Bauman added a fourth goal with 4:36 remaining in the game. With the Steel leading 4-2, the Mustangs pulled their goalie while on a power play. It was an intense final two minutes, but the Steel was able to hold on to the lead and take the win.
Goaltender, Aj Cohen, stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced for New Ulm.
The New Ulm Steel’s next home game is Wednesday, January 29 against the Willmar WarHawks. Puck drops at 7:10 p.m.