By: E Koehler, nusteelhockey.com
New Ulm, MN – The New Ulm Steel is proud to announce that goaltender Jon Albers has committed to play Division III hockey at Augsburg College of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).
“I’m very excited to be a part of the Augsburg program and I’m looking forward to the opportunities I’ll have there,” Albers said.
Albers, a native of Blaine, Minnesota, played in the Steel organization for two years, playing in a total of 35 games throughout the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
“I’d like to thank the whole Steel organization for believing in me and making the last two years such a great experience,” Albers said.
Albers, 20, had a significant impact on the Steel’s successes and character both on and off the ice through his outstanding work ethic and attitude.
Prior to his time with the Steel organization, Albers attended Centennial High School where he averaged a save percentage of .893 in 40 games played.
Jon Albers Profile/Stats
The New Ulm Steel is proud to announce that forward Fritz Belisle has signed a tender agreement with the NAHL’s 2016-17 Central Division Champions, the Minot Minotauros.
“I chose to sign with Minot because they are a great organization. I practiced with the team earlier this year and I loved the rink and its facilities and the team chemistry was awesome. Minot also has a great coaching staff, who do a great job of developing their players to get them to the next level. I am very excited for this opportunity with the Minotauros,” Belisle said.
Belisle, a native of Red Wing, Minnesota, played his first two seasons of junior hockey with the Steel where he tallied 43 goals and 41 assists for a total of 84 points in 99 games played.
“This organization is truly one of the best at developing their players and moving them on to the next level. I’ve played for the Steel for the past two years, and I can’t thank this organization enough for what they’ve done to help me develop as a hockey player and as a person,” Belisle said.
Belisle, 19, was selected and participated in the 2017 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament where he contributed two assists. The 5’10’’/175lb forward was the Steel’s point and goal leader for the 2016-17 season and was a key player in the Steel’s successful past two seasons.
“I couldn’t have gotten this opportunity to sign an NAHL tender without the help from the Steel staff and all the players that pushed me to bring my best everyday,” Belisle said.
Prior to his time with the Steel, Belisle played one season for the Colorado Thunderbirds U16 in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League and two seasons at Red Wing High School.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2017
The New Ulm Steel of the NA3HL are saddened to announce the resignation of Head Coach Jay Witta.
Witta, who has coached the Steel for the previous two seasons, led the Steel to an overall record of 64-36-9 which included a trip to the Silver Cup semifinals in 2016.
“When Jay took over the Steel two years ago we didn’t know what to expect,” said Steel owner Steve Black. “However, in the two years he has done an a incredible job for us and allowed us to be one of the top programs in the NA3HL. Jay was well liked by his players, fans and all involved within the program, and we are saddened to see him move on.”
The Steel Organization would like to personally thank Coach Witta for his hard work and dedication over the past two seasons. He cared for each and every one of his players and helped create a great culture within the program.
As we knew Coach Witta’s resignation
was possible for a while, it became official Monday and plans for Jay’s replacement and next Steel Head Coach are underway.
By: E Koehler
New Ulm was trailing Granite City 3-1 early in the third period. Dylan Leivermann scored at the 8:32 mark of the third period, with assists from Vincent Billing and Orlando Scherz, to get New Ulm within one goal of Granite City. Brady Dahl scored with 1:19 remaining in the game to put Granite City up 4-2.
Granite City took an early 1-0 lead 22 seconds into the first period with a goal from Braden Altena. Dahl and Keenan Lund were credited with the assists.
Casey Esselman gave Granite City a 2-0 lead with an unassisted goal at 5:02 of the first period.
Fritz Belisle got New Ulm on the board with 24 seconds remaining in the first period with a power-play goal, assisted by Sam Storlie and Steven Mordini.
Matthew Moran, assisted by Spencer Nelson, extended Granite City’s lead to 3-1 at the 1:48 mark of the third period with a shorthanded goal.
Nathan Siclovan faced 34 shots and made 30 saves for New Ulm. Granite City’s goaltender, Mac Berglove, made 19 saves on the 21 shots he faced.
New Ulm totaled 10 penalty minutes on five infractions and went 1-for-4 on the power play. Granite City also had a total of 10 penalty minutes on five infractions and went 0-for-4 on the power play.
New Ulm had a 2-1 lead near the end of the first period until Granite City’s Keenan Lund scored a power-play goal with two seconds remaining in the first period. Granite City kept putting on the pressure in the second and third period to take the, 6-4, win and tie the series up 1-1.
Casey Esselman opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 14:15 mark of the first period.
Jared Erickson got New Ulm on the board 14:53 into the first period with assists from Alex Egle and Trevor Woytcke.
Cory Martinez gave New Ulm a 2-1 lead at 15:58 of the first period. Jacob Padley and Steven Mordini were credited with the assists.
Lund scored four goals for Granite City. In addition to his first period goal, he scored two goals in the second and one goal in the third.
Ben Haugo scored one goal for Granite City in the second period. Esselman, Owen Sikich, Braden Altena(3) and Brady Dahl each tallied an assist.
Sam Wenner netted a goal in the second period with 43 seconds remaining. The assists were credited to Martinez and Bennett Witta.
Luc Kreuser scored for New Ulm at the 7:36 mark of the third period with assists from Fritz Belisle and Alex Nagel.
Nathan Siclovan faced 20 shots and made 15 saves for New Ulm. Jon Albers replaced Siclovan in net 16:45 into the second period. Albers made 14 saves on the 15 shots he faced. Granite City’s goaltender, Mac Berglove, stopped 38 of the 42 shots New Ulm generated.
New Ulm had a total of six penalty minutes on three infractions and went 0-for-4 on the power play. Granite City totaled 10 penalty minutes on five infractions and went 1-for-2 on the power play.
New Ulm took a 1-0 series lead, defeating Granite City, 3-2. Nathan Siclovan had another incredible night in net, making 40 saves on the 42 shots he faced for New Ulm.
Granite City tied the game up at 2-2 with a power-play goal from Andrej Jamnicky 14:22 into the third period with assists from Owen Sikich and Braden Altena.
Jared Erickson scored a short-handed goal with 3:42 remaining in the game off a beautiful pass from Sam Wenner. New Ulm was able to hold on to the 3-2 lead to take the win, despite being on a penalty kill for the last minute of the game.
Will Mix opened the scoring 2:15 into the first period to give Granite City an early 1-0 lead. Matthew Moran and Jack Petroske were credited with the assists.
Alex Egle tied the game up at 1-1 less than one minute later with a stunning breakaway goal.
Erickson gave New Ulm a 2-1 lead just 11 seconds into the second period. The assists were credited to Bennett Witta and Trevor Woytcke.
New Ulm totaled 41 penalty minutes on 10 infractions and went 0-for-5 on the power play. Granite City had a total of 39 penalty minutes on nine infractions and went 1-for-5 on the power play.
The New Ulm Steel(28-19-0-3) will take on the Granite City Lumberjacks(34-8-5-2) in the West Division Finals March 24-26 after defeating the Alexandria Blizzard with a 2-1 series win.
New Ulm’s record vs. Granite City this season is (2-5-0-1).
Friday, March 24 @ 7:30 p.m. in Granite City
Sports Arena East
1410 3rd Ave S
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
Saturday, March 25 @7:10 p.m. in Sleepy Eye
Sleepy Eye Arena
620 Southdale St. SW
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
if necessary – Sunday, March 26 @ 7:30 p.m. in Granite City
The winner will move on to the NA3HL Silver Cup Championship Tournament, March 29 – April 2, at the Canlan Ice Arena in Romeoville, Illinios.
Nathan Siclovan lead New Ulm to a shutout win, making 46 saves. With the win, New Ulm eliminates the Alexandria Blizzard, taking the series 2-1. New Ulm will move on to face the Granite City Lumberjacks in the West Division Finals.
Alex Egle opened the scoring with a power-play goal at the 19:10 mark of the second period. Jared Erickson and Bennett Witta were credited with the assists.
Vincent Billing, Erickson, Alex Nagel and Sam Wenner each scored a goal in the third period. Jared Mickelson, Trevor Woytcke, Nicholas Campbell, Fritz Belisle, Sam Storlie and Jacob Padley each tallied an assist.
New Ulm had a total of 36 penalty minutes on 10 infractions and went 1-for-3 on the power play. Alexandria totaled 58 penalty minutes on 12 infractions and went 0-for-2 on the power play.
New Ulm had a 3-1 lead over Alexandria in the third period until Tommy Giller scored with 4:06 remaining to cut New Ulm’s lead to 3-2. New Ulm was able to hold on to the lead to win the game and tie the series up at 1-1.
Cory Martinez opened the scoring with 28 seconds left in the first period. Fritz Belisle and Steven Mordini were credited with the assists.
Jacob Padley scored on a penalty shot at the 10:17 mark of the second period to put New Ulm up 2-0.
Caleb Anderson netted a short-handed goal 13:46 into the second period to get Alexandria within one goal of New Ulm to start the third period.
Jared Mickelson gave New Ulm a 3-1 lead with an unassisted goal 1:56 into the third period.
Nathan Siclovan made an impressive 49 saves on the 51 shots he faced. Alexandria’s goaltender, Brey Effertz, faced 34 shots and made 31 saves.
New Ulm had a total of 16 penalty minutes on eight infractions and went 0-for-5 on the power play. Alexandria totaled 41 penalty minutes on 10 infractions and went 0-for-2 on the power play.
Alexandria broke the 2-2 tie with a goal from Tosten Mann, assisted by Caleb Anderson and Dawson Ellingworth, at 10:12 of the third period. Alexandria was able to hold on to the 3-2 lead to win the game and take a 1-0 series lead.
Alex Bowe opened the scoring 9:27 into the first period to give Alexandria a 1-0 lead. Emil Lindfors and Josiah Roen were credited with the assists.
Dylan Leivermann, with assists from Cory Martinez and Jared Mickelson, got New Ulm on the board at the 9:49 mark of the second period to tie the game up at 1-1.
Tommy Giller gave Alexandria a 2-1 lead 3:19 into the third period. The assists were credited to Steven Gustafson and David Carey.
Nicholas Campbell scored a power-play goal at the 8:41 mark of the third period to tie the game up at 2-2. Alex Egle and Bennett Witta were credited with the assists.
Nathan Siclovan made 34 saves on the 37 shots he faced for New Ulm. Alexandria’s goaltender, Brey Effertz, stopped 26 of the 28 shots New Ulm generated.
New Ulm totaled four penalty minutes on two infractions and went 1-for-4 on the power play. Alexandria had a total of 10 penalty minutes on five infractions and went 0-for-1 on the power play.