By: Joel Rains, nusteelhockey.com
Joey Gimberlin got the Steel on the board just 2:44 into the game Wednesday and the Steel never looked back as they skated to a 4-0 win over the Willmar WarHawks.
Gimberlin’s goal came after a turnover in the WarHawks end early in the first period, giving Gimberlin his ninth goal of the season, and the only goal of the first period. It looked to be all the Steel would get through the second period, as well, until Nick Wieben played until the final buzzer and scored a buzzer-beating goal to end the second period, giving the Steel a 2-0 lead going into the locker room. Wieben’s 15th goal of the season came on a Steel power play, which the Steel were 0-for-5 going into the sixth man-advantage of the night. It looked as though the Steel would start the third period on a power play until Nick Wieben followed through on an open-ice puck off the stick of Tommy Broten and Davis Smidt to rip a shot past WarHawks goaltender Lukas Haugen.
It didn’t stop there for the Steel though as Jacob Halvorson knocked in his 23rd goal of the season 13 seconds into the third period, making it a 3-0 Steel lead. Corey Stormer knocked in a short-handed goal, in a play that was Top 10 worthy, to give the Steel a 4-0 lead, in what would be the final goal of the game.
It wasn’t just an offensive showing for the Steel though as Igor Samokhvalov saved all 23 shots he faced in a shutout effort for the Steel. It marked the fourth shutout for the Steel this year and Samokhvalov’s second shutout of the season.
The Steel won their seventh straight game as they continue to stay red hot. Willmar will host the Steel on Friday and Saturday, with both games scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.