Halvorson’s late goal lifts Steel to victory

NEW ULM — Jacob Halvorson’s 14th goal of the season at the 17:06 mark of the third period broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the New Ulm Steel to a 4-3 win over the Blizzard Saturday night at the New Ulm Civic Center in an NA3HL game.

Hunter Johnson, Jarrett Cammarata and Brian Oare had goals. Sam Ayd had three assists with Michael Savelkoul, Jordan Cooper, Carson Sandwick and Jake Ford each adding helpers.

Steel goalie Henry Baribeau stopped 26 of 29 Blizzard shots.

The Steel had trailed the Blizzard by 3 points, but their win Friday and win Saturday now has New Ulm a point ahead of Alexandria for the final spot in the West Division.

“I thought that our first two periods we were OK,” Steel coach Andrew Kolb said. “We had a talk between the second and third periods about how this was for the four spot. This was a playoff hockey game.”

The Steel, who host North Iowa at 3:10 p.m. Sunday at the New Ulm Civic Center, trailed the Blizzard 2-0 early in the second period before they started their comeback.

Jarrett Cammarata’s 18th goal of the season got New Ulm on the board on the power play at the 2:42 mark pulled the Steel to within 2-1 after two periods.

Johnson’s goal less than two minutes into the third period tied the game at 1:23 before the Blizzard’s Zach Curry regained the lead for Alexandria at the 2:45 mark of the third period.

But a goal from Brian Oare — only his fifth goal of the season — evened the game and set the stage for Halvorson.

“Brian (Oare) had a huge goal for us and Hunter [Johnson’s] goal to start the third was big,” Kolb said. “We got 2 big points tonight and 4 points so far this weekend.”

The Steel are now 5-0-0-1 in their last six games, but Kolb knows it will not be easy for his team today playing their third game in as many days.

“If we win today, we are 5 points behind Rochester for the third spot in the playoffs,” Kolb said.