BAUMAN’S HAT TRICK LIFTS STEEL TO VICTORY OVER BULLS 5-3

By: Erica Koehler, nusteelhockey.com

The New Ulm Steel had their three-goal lead erased by the North Iowa Bulls, but were still able to get the job done and take the win, 5-3. 

Jacob Halvorson opened the scoring 3:53 into the game. Michael Savelkoul got a shot off on a rush that put the goalie out of position. Halvorson, following close behind, picked up the rebound and buried the puck into the open net. 

Keegan Bauman’s first goal of the night was scored at the 7:39 mark of the first period with a wrist shot that went top shelf over the glove. Halvorson drove the puck to the net, made a pass over to Savelkoul, who found Bauman open in the slot.

Bauman got his second goal in the second period at 5:12. Before entering the zone, Bauman passed the puck to Halvorson on his left. Halvorson carried the puck down through the slot. Just as Halvorson got to the crease, he passed it back to Bauman who finished with a snap shot. 

Dalton Saltness and Callahan Nauss each scored a goal in the second period for the Bulls. The Bulls tied the game up in the third period at 11:58 with a goal from Carter Wagner. 

The Steel got a power play opportunity with 7:03 left on the clock and the game tied at 3-3. Bauman completed his hat trick with 22 seconds left on the power play, giving the Steel a 4-3 lead. 

With three seconds remaining, Savelkoul scored on the empty net, securing the win for the Steel.

Aj Cohen faced 33 shots and made 30 saves for the Steel.