By: Erica Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
The New Ulm Steel have been on a roll lately, racking up nine wins, breaking the Steel’s previous win streak record of seven games during the 2017-18 season. The Steel has had a very busy and tiring schedule the past 3 weeks, as well.
The nine-game win streak started with a series against the Peoria Mustangs January 17-18. It continued on the road with wins in Alexandria and North Iowa. Immediately after taking the win in North Iowa, the team headed to St. Louis where they picked up two more wins.
The Steel were then set to play the Willmar WarHawks three times in a row, with Saturday night’s game in Willmar being the ninth win. In addition, of these nine wins, two of them were shutouts.
FINAL: Steel 4 | WarHawks 2
Friday, January 31
The Steel’s newest addition, Josh Baker, opened the scoring early in the first period with assists from Mason Enright and Parker Dorn.
The WarHawks tied it up with a goal from Eli Slagter, but Jacob Halvorson’s goal at the 13:47 mark of the first period regained the lead for the Steel.
The Steel had a rough second period offensively and was assessed three penalties. The WarHawks capitalized on their power play opportunities and once again tied the game.
The Steel took off in the third period with two goals scored by Nick Wieben and Corey Stormer making the final score, 4-2.
Igor Samokhvalov faced 37 shots and made 35 saves for the Steel.
FINAL: Steel 7 | WarHawks 3
Saturday, February 1
With defenseman Tommy Broten making his NAHL debut with the Chippewa Steel, forward Wieben took his spot on defense and ultimately was the star of this game. Wieben completed and helped set up five of the seven goals scored Saturday night, with two goals and three assists.
Wieben struck first 3:06 into the first period. Wieben then set up Stormer two minutes later.
Wieben then scored a power-play goal four minutes into the second period, putting the Steel up 3-0.
Halvorson gave the Steel a 4-0 lead, with assists from Michael Savelkoul and Wieben.
Marquez Ginger, with help from Robin Praetz, got the WarHawks on the board at the 10:43 mark of the second period.
Marcus Mack extended the Steel’s lead to 5-1 with his third goal of the season.
Slagter scored two goals for the WarHawks in the third period and Halvorson and Bauman each got one for the Steel.
Zac Hattan stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced for the Steel.