Steel battle Rochester to 6-4 victory
Steel get goals from five different players, including two from Ryan Smith
NEW ULM — Ryan Smith scored two goals and four other Steel players tallied a goal as the New Ulm Steel won their second straight game with a 6-4 win over Rochester in a Friday night NA3HL game at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Luc Kreuser, Alex Nagel, Max Kjome and Stephen Mordini added goals.
Smith, Mordini and Sam Storlie each had two assists with Kjome, Tom Reilly and Kreuser adding helpers.
New Ulm goalie Ryan Beilenberg recorded 29 saves as New Ulm fired 44 shots on Rochester goalies Luke Murphy and Drew Schreckenberg. Murphy was replaced by Schreckenberg after the Steel’s fourth goal.
“Anytime you get a win, that is the goal,” Steel coach Andrew Kolb said after the win. “We played OK in spurts but at the same time we need to be better. They scored right away and that is something that has been a trend.”
New Ulm did fall behind 1-0 on a Matt Shupert goal just 23 seconds into the game.
But the Steel responded with a tying goal by Luke Kreuser late in the first period.
New Ulm then scored four straight second period goals in a span of seven minutes to take a 5-1 lead.
Alex Nagel’s power play goal, one of two power play goals in the game for New Ulm, gave the Steel the lead at the 5:02 mark.
Ryan Smith’s first goal of the game two minutes later moved the Steel into a 3-1 lead.
Max Kjome and Stephen Mordini added goals for a 5-1 lead before the Ice Hawks scored late to cut the lead to 5-2 at the end of two periods.
Kolb said that the balanced scoring was good to see.
“Over the last month, scoring goals has kind of been our downfall,” Kolb said. “We weren’t scoring goals, so hopefully this is a trend for us.”
But Rochester climbed back to cut the lead to 5-3 before Smith stole a puck deep in the Ice Hawks end for his second goal and a 6-3 lead at the 10:09 mark.
Kolb was happy about the fact that his team fired 44 shots on net.
“When you put up 15 to 20 shots a game, you do not have a good chance to win,” he said. “Our goal is to get between 35-40 shots a game. Once you start getting shots on net, things begin to generate. We made some good plays and scored some good goals — throw the puck to the net. You never know what is going to happen.”
The Steel play at Rochester tonight before hosting Breezy Point next Friday.