New Ulm Steel signs Sievek

NEW ULM — In an effort to bolster their defensive corp, the New Ulm Steel have added one defenseman via a trade and are attempting to bring back a player who played defense for them last year.

The Steel have added Ethan Sievek from Granite City in a cash deal.

“He started out in Rochester a few years ago and then got traded to Yellowstone,” New Ulm Steel head coach Andrew Kolb said. “Granite City acquired him during the off-season. He was a player we had our eye on over the summer and we thought that it would be nice to get him. We had tried to get him when he was with Yellowstone but we did not expect him to leave Yellowstone. He ended up in Granite City because of a coaching change. He wanted out of Granite City and he knows Jake Ford [Steel forward] from when they were both at Yellowstone. Ethan will be joining us pretty soon.”

Sievek, who is from Shakopee, had his best season in 2017-18 for Yellowstone when he scored nine goals and added 35 assists. This season in 16 games with Granite City, he had one goal and five assists.

And the Steel is kicking the tires on the return of Sam Storlie. Storlie was playing hockey in Florida this year but did sign with the Steel last week and was on the ice for Saturday’s game against North Iowa.

“We are going to see what happens with that,” Kolb said. “I am not to sure he is going to go to Chippewa Falls [Steel’s NAHL team]. He is going to go on the Alaska game trip with them this week and get opportunities to get some game time with them so we will see what happens.”

After the weekend split with North Iowa, New Ulm is now tied with Alexandria with 33 points for the final playoff spot in the West. The Steel, 16-3-0-1, play Friday at Coulee Region before hosting the Chill (16-6-0-1in the Central Division) at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Like North Iowa, the Chill have three players with 20 goals or more led by Brady Lindauer’s 30 goals..

Jarrett Cammarata leads New Ulm with 16 goals.

Saturday is also “Perkins Pie Night” at the Civic Center. Perkins will be giving away a pie each period.