The New Ulm Steel started off February on a high note. Wednesday night’s game against Granite City was physical and very fast-paced. Within the first 10 minutes of the 1st period, each team drew penalties. Zach Maillette capitalized on the power play to give the Steel a 1-0 lead (assists to Spaargarn and Looft). The first period ended with 4 on 4. The Granite City Lumberjacks tied the score quickly into the 2nd, and soon after took the lead 2-1 midway through the 2nd. Each team drew penalties, one of which resulted in a penalty shot for New Ulm’s James Spaargaren. Spaargaren tied the game! While New Ulm again drew a couple of penalties in the third, Spaargaren scored the game-winning goal shorthanded (assisted by Bauer Barry and Joey Gimberlin). The three stars of the game went to James Spaargaren (1st), Bauer Barry (2nd), and Zach Foster (3rd).
Friday night the Steel faced the Alexandria Blizzard in Alexandria. The first period started slow; with Jake Saver pulling a hooking penalty and the Blizzard scoring making the score 1-0. The second period featured 3 goals total, 2 by the Blizzard and one at 18:47 by Zach Maillette assisted by Tommy Michelsen and Hutson Collins. Third period marked another goal for the Blizzard. The final for the game marked a loss for the Steel 4-1.
On Saturday, the Steel faced the North Iowa Bulls for the last time on the road in Mason City for the regular season. First period ended with the Bulls up 2-0 and 2 Steel penalties. In the second the Bulls went up 8-0 until the Steels’ James Spaargaren scored at 16:25. Third period was uneventful in goals but had 6 penalties drawn. Steel’s Corey Stormer and the Bulls’ Max Savaloja each drew roughing minors and continuing altercation majors at 15:44; both returning to their respective locker rooms for the remainder of the game.
The New Ulm Steel have two games this upcoming week; Wednesday and Friday. Both games are on home ice at 7:10. Doors will open and ticket sales will begin at 6:40; covid restrictions will be in place and the Steel asks for fans to follow guidelines while in the arena. The first 150 fans will be allowed in for the games.