Steel demolish Breezy Point

Steel get goals from seven different players in win

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Steel forward Brandon Mehlhop (3) tries to get past a Breezy Point defenders for a scoring chance during the first period Wednesday at the New Ulm Civic Center.
For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm Steel forward Brandon Mehlhop (3) tries to get past a Breezy Point defenders for a scoring chance during the first period Wednesday at the New Ulm Civic Center. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NEW ULM — Max Kjome and Tom Reilly each scored two goals as the New Ulm Steel hammered Breezy Point 9-1 Wednesday night at the New Ulm Civic Center in an NA3HL game.

Kirk Coppock, Michael Smits, Jarrett Cammarata, Zach Heiser, and Austin Langworthy each added goals.

Sam Storlie had three assists with Cammarata and Reilly each adding two helpers. Heiser, Nick Wieben, Alec Moser, Mason Trowbridge, Alex Nagel, Kjome, Jack Parks and Luc Kreuser each had an assist.

Steel goalie Drew Schenkenberg stopped 19 of 20 North Star shots in the game.

New Ulm fired 32 shots on Breezy Point goalie Lucas Ehrlich, who saved 23 of them.

It was a game dominated by the Steel after a close 2-1 first period.

“They weathered the storm in the first period,” New Ulm Steel coach Andrew Kolb said. “But we were able to score some goals from the outside and on the rush as well. We were up 1-0 after the first period and then 2-1 early in the second. We responded well after that.”

The Steel, who play at Alexandria Friday before hosting Rochester on Saturday at the New Ulm Civic Center, had a 2-0 lead on goals from Reilly and Kjome before the Northstars cut the lead to 2-1.

But any semblance of a tight game was quickly erased with three Steel goals in a span of five minutes.

Coppock’s 21st goal of the season made it 3-1 before Michael Smits and Kjome increased the lead to 5-1 after the second 20 minutes.

The Steel had eight shots on goal in the period and four goals.

“We had a good response in the last 40 minutes of the game,” Kolb said. “We stuck to the system when we were ahead 2-1. We had to keep rolling. Wednesday night games are a little hard to get up for and we knew that going into this game. We knew that our start may not have been great.”

Heiser got his first goal as a member of the New Ulm Steel early in the third period for a 6-1 cushion.

Austin Langworthy’s goal made it 7-1 followed by Reilly’s second score for an 8-1 game.

Cammarata’s goal with less than a minute left in the game made it a 9-1 final.

“This was a good team effort,” Kolb said. “We had a lot of guys contribute tonight and that is huge for our success.”

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