The New Ulm Steel kicked off our season home opener on Saturday, September 18th.
Facing off against the Willmar Warhawks, Willmar took the win 4-1 with Steel’s #27 Zach Maillette putting up our lone goal. The game was littered with multiple penalties, Willmar putting up 26 penalty minutes and the Steel putting up 44 minutes. First period came and went with no scoring, but 14 minutes in penalties. Marcus Mack – #12 – received a roughing minor and a 10 minute unsportsmanlike conduct, and Conner Souza – #11 – received a holding minor. Willmar put up the first 2 goals in the second period, the Steel only putting up penalties. Gavin Brunmeier – #15 – for slashing, Josh Delange – #8 – for too many men, Parker Dorn – #7 – for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Josh Gulden – #77 – for checking from behind and unsportsmanlike conduct, for a total of 26 PIMS in the second period. Third period went a little better for the Steel even though it started off with a tripping minor on #13 Ryler Schelle. At 15:35 in the 3rd, #27 Zach Maillette (1) scored for the Steel with assists from #3 Gus Cantwell, and #7 Parker Dorn. Jack Laser ended the game with a roughing minor at 18:50. Goaltender #33 Zach Foster, recorded 39 saves on the night.
We turned around from the loss and put up a big 9-4 win against the Minnesota Loons on Friday, September 24th. The was, again, no shortage of penalties as #13 Ryler Schelle and #10 Braxten Hoffmann each sat 2 minute minors in the first period for hooking and slashing. Gavin Brunmeier (#15), Gus Cantwell (#3), Max Rotsaert (#23) and Parker Dorn (#7), all put up penalties in the 2nd period. Brunmeier, Cantwell and Rotsaert all for roughing and Dorn for checking from behind pulling a 2 and a 10. Zach Maillette ended the penalty string for the night with a slashing minor in the 3rd period. Our first 5 goals of the game came in the 1st period. Starting at a quick 25 seconds in – #23 Max Rotsaert put up his first NA3 goal with assists to #13 Ryler Schelle and #3 Gus Cantwell. At 2:49 #15 Gavin Brunmeier put up the first goal of his natural hat trick and NA3 career, Vance Kleinschmidt (#22) received the assist. Brunmeier’s 2nd and 3rd goals came at 7:23, assisted by #17 Ben Carlson and #4 Harrison Albrecht on the power play, and 15:58 with assists by #10 Braxten Hoffmann and #17 Carlson. Bauer Barry (#28) recorded his first goal of the season at a late 19:59 in the first period with an assist to #8 Josh Delange. Second period is where we recorded our remaining 4 goals of the game, the first being by #23 Rotsaert for his 2nd of the night. This goal came on the power play with assists from #7 Dorn and #28 Barry. At 13:13 #12 Marcus Mack (1) scored, assisted by #28 Barry and #8 Delange. Parker Dorn (#7) put up his first of the season at 15:49 from #10 Hoffmann, and Delange finished out the scoring of the night at 16:32, assisted by #12 Mack and #4 Albrecht. The Steel put a total of 57 shots on goal and goaltender #35 Nolan Lacosse put up 25 saves.
Saturday, September 25th didn’t shape up to be as great. The Steel traveled to Sauk Rapids to face off against the Granite City Lumberjacks for the first meeting of the season. Going into the game, the Steel knew it was going to be a fight for the win as the Lumberjacks had already started their season with a 3-0 record. We held our own very well in the first period, Granite City only got one past #33 Foster late in the period, followed by a 4 minute double minor penalty on #11 Souza for high sticking. Gavin Brunmeier went unassisted in the 2nd period, recording his 4th goal of the season and the Steel’s first goal of the game. The second period ended with 3 head contact minors put up by #7 Dorn, #24 Lahoussine Salama, and #3 Cantwell. Third period started rocky as the Lumberjacks scored their 3rd and 4th goals of the night within 47 seconds. Jack Laser (#16) put his first NA3 goal up midway through the third period, assisted by #11 Souza and #28 Barry, and #17 Carlson ended the night with a tripping minor. We fell to the Lumberjacks 5-2, but goaltender #33 Foster recorded 41 saves on the night.
The Steel are still positive and ready to put up more wins this season. We head up to Breezy Point and face off against the Minnesota Loons on Saturday, October 2nd, followed by a Wednesday night game at home on the 6th, where we face the Loons club for our 3rd meeting.