Storlie’s goal lifts New Ulm Steel in OT
NEW ULM — Sam Storlie picked a great time to score his first goal of the season for the New Ulm Steel.
Storlie’s low wrist shot off a feed from Alex Nagel at the 2:20 mark of overtime lifted the Steel to a 4-3 win against Breezy Point on Saturday night in a NA3HL game at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Storlie’s game-winner capped a contest that saw the Steel (22-15-0-2) twice overcome two-goal deficits to the North Stars (21-17-2-0), who dropped their sixth-straight game.
Fritz Belisle celebrated his 19th birthday for the Steel with two goals. Vinnie Billing added a goal.
Nagel finished with three assists with Belisle, Jared Ericksom, Luc Kreuser, Sam Wenner and Steven Mordini each adding a helper.
New Ulm goalie Nathan Siclovan finished with 19 saves as the Steel outshot Breezy Point 50-22 in the game.
The Steel trailed Breezy Point 3-1 going into the final 20 minutes when their pucks started to find the back of the net. Billing’s goal came at the 7:42 mark of the third period on assists from Erickson and and Wenner.
More than three minutes later, Belisle tied the game at 3-3 with just under four minutes remaining and setting the stage for the extra session.
“We’ve been pretty strong in overtime all year,” Storlie said. “We felt pretty confident. We find a way to win.”
That way to win came when Storlie said he saw Belisle going wide on a rush in the three-on-three overtime.
“I thought I would creep down there and see what I could do. It does not happen when you get a puck in a silver platter and ready to hammer it home,” Storlie said. “I am one of the only guys who has not scored a goal all year long.”
The Steel had to fight from behind all game as they spotted the Stars leads of 2-0 in the second period before Belisle scored at the 9:59 mark on a power play goal and a 3-1 goal after two periods.
“We knew that we had to keep getting shots on goal,” Belisle said. “But we knew if we kept getting pucks to the net that they would eventually fall for us.”
The Steel had held a 41-18 shot advantage midway through the third period but trailed 3-2.
“We weren’t frustrated,” Belisle said. “Deep down inside we knew we had it in us to come back and win.”
Belisle’s second goal of the game tied the contest on his birthday.
“The goals were nice but I like the win better,” he said.