Steel add two more players

NEW ULM — For the second straight week, the New Ulm Steel have added two more players to their roster.

Benji Mickel, who played 15 games for the Steel last year, and Mason Trowbridge, who was playing this season in the United States Premier Hockey League for the Hudson (Wisconsin) Havoc, have been added.

Both are forwards.

This season, Trowbridge, who grew up in the Buffalo, New York area, had scored eight goals and added 14 assists for Hudson.

“He (Trowbridge) wanted a different scenery — he wanted a change.” Steel coach Andrew Kolb said. “The team was kind of struggling. He was one of their better players (second on team in points with 22). He was looking for something new and we had some conversations. We had heard good things about him from one of our scouts and we added him (Tuesday) in practice. He will help us a lot.”

Mickel, who had been playing hockey for Utah in the Western States Hockey League for the Utah Outliers (West Valley City Utah), also returns.

“We had talked over the summer — and when we lost Benji last year — that was a big loss for us,” Kolb said of Mickel, who left the Steel to play closer to his home in Durango, Colorado. “He brings a lot of energy and is a skilled hockey player and is always competing — he is a great teammate.”

Kolb said that Mickel was unhappy with some things that were going on out there.

“He reached out to us a few days ago and wanted the chance to play for us again,” Kolb said. “We said absolutely. He will be arriving here in New Ulm (today) with his father. So those are two big additions for us.”

And player movement is commonplace in the NA3HL for teams.

“We are looking to improve every day,” Kolb said. “We are not going to make these moves every week, but if we have the chance to get a player who can come in and help us, we will.”

Kolb also said that forward Sam Wenner from St.Peter is still on the Steel roster even though he has not seen any action for the last few games.

“Right now he is coaching JV hockey in St.Peter,” Kolb said. “We can roster a certain amount of people, but we can only protect a certain number. He is on our roster but he may have to be released to make room for other players. We’ll see what happens but he can help our team. It is up to him what he wants to do.”