Luc Kreuser sets Steel’s all-time scoring mark
NEW ULM — On November 18th, in a New Ulm Steel 6-3 win over Breezy Point, Luc Kreuser became the Steel’s all-time leading scorer when he recorded an assist.
That gave him 115 points, and he also became the Steel’s all-time leader in assists with 72.
His point total of 115 pushed him past Jared Erickson’s career total of 110.
“It feels pretty good,” the forward from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin said. “I feel accomplished, and I am happy that they let me come aboard here for the past three years.”
As of Nov. 29, Kreuser has already accomplished a lot.
He has played in 103 games, scored 43 goals and added 72 assists.
Kreuser said that he knew he was close to the record after a conversation with assistant coach Nick Campbell after a game in Rochester.
“The weekend before — when we played in Rochester — and I was one point away then,” he said. “I got a point that game and Nick told me after, so the pressure was put on.”
While the Steel are rolling now with a seven-game winning streak before Friday’s game at Breezy Point, a streak that has moved them to a 10-4-2-2 record and just two points behind West Division leading Granite City, Kreuser said that at the start of the season the team was inconsistent.
“We were doing trial-and-error with the line changes,” he said. “But after a while we started to warm up, and we almost became a team overnight.”
Kreuser said that the winning streak is nice, but it is guardedly optimistic.
“We are confident, but we also know that we have to dig deep and continue to work hard every day in practice,” Kreuser said.
Steel coach Andrew Kolb said that Kreuser is a player who they look at to score.
“We look heavily on him to produce offensively for us,” Kolb said. “And we are starting to get more and more chemistry every week and are scoring more goals now. Chemistry is a big part of that.”
KENNY NAMED A STAR OF THE WEEK
Steel goalie Ryan Kenny (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) was selected as an “NA3HL Star Of The Week” this past week. Kenny has a 2.08 goals-against average and has posted two shutouts this season.
He has recorded 290 saves so far this season. In a 1-0 win over Granite City last Saturday, Kenny stopped all 40 shots fired at him.
Last week, another Steel player, Alex Nagel (Antigo, Wisconsin) was selected as a “Star of the Week” as he recorded a natural hat trick against Breezy Point and then added two more goals the next game.