Steel bully Breezy Point 9-3
By Jim Bastian
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM — When you take 36 shots in a hockey game and nine of them find the back of the net, you are doing something right.
Friday night in the New Ulm Steel’s game with Breezy Point, eight different Steel players recorded goals, with newcomer Austin Langworthy netting two goals, and the Steel routed the North Stars 9-3 in an NA3HL game at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Langworthy, who was traded to the Steel from Breezy Point this week, also added an assist.
Stephen Mordini, Kirk Coppock, Alex Nagel, Ryan Smith, Tom Reilly, Sam Storlie and Luc Kreuser all lit the lamp.
Smith had four assists with Mordini adding three helpers. Nagel and Coppock each had two assists with Trevor Woytcke, Reilly and Storlie each getting an assist.
Steel goalie Ryan Beilenberg had 21 saves in the game.
The Steel, who host division-leading Granite City tonight at 7:10 p.m. at the New Ulm Civic Center, wasted little time as Mordini’s rebound goal just 36 seconds into the game saw New Ulm score. The Steel added four more goals as they took a 5-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. Mordini’s goal was followed by a Coppock goal three minutes later. Nagel’s wrist shot got by Breezy Point goalie Bronson Moore to give New Ulm a 3-0 lead on just four shots on goal.
Ryan Smith’s power-play goal at the 11:53 mark saw the Steel up 4-0 before Reilly made it 5-0 on the Steel’s 15th shot on goal of the period.
“We came out with good pace and good tempo.” Steel coach Andrew Kolb said. “And after the long Christmas break, I did not expect that.”
Breezy Point did score three times in the second period, but New Ulm countered with three goals of their own including one from Langworthy, the Mankato native. It was his first goal as a member of the Steel. Storlie and Kreuser followed with goals for an 8-3 lead going into the final period.
Langworthy’s second goal of the game in the third period saw New Ulm go up 9-3 at the 1:08 mark.
“We play Granite tonight and it is going to be a much different game than it was tonight,” Kolb said. “But I think that we are ready for it. Everything we did tonight was in preparation for (tonight). When you are up that big like we were, it is about maintaining good habits. Granite City will be a (potential) huge 2 points for us tonight.”