Steel, Cohen blank Chill 5-0
NEW ULM — After losing 5-1 Friday night to Coulee Region, the New Ulm Steel got some payback.
Jack Parks scored two goals and A.J. Cohen stopped all 25 Coulee shots as the Steel blanked the Chill 5-0 Saturday night in an NA3HL game at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Stanislav Danaev, Jacob Halvorson and Michael Savelkoul each added goals.
Tommy Broten had two assists with Parks, Davis Smidt, Jacob Berkowitz, Drake Raduns-Parsley, Mason Enright, Danaev, Teddy Lillico and Keegan Bauman each adding helpers.
“This was a good statement win for us,” Steel head coach Zach Stepan said. “We played some good hockey Friday, but we just did not get the bounces. We have played good hockey over our last four games — we just have not gotten the bounces. We are playing the game we should be playing and know how to play.”
New Ulm, 10-7-2-1, took a 1-0 lead at the 11:34 mark of the first period on Parks’ first goal of the game with Mason Enright getting the assist.
Danaev scored his eighth goal of the year to up the Steel lead to 2-0 when he bounced the puck off of Chill goalie Michael Janke’s back and into the net at the 9:14 of the second period.
Nine minutes later, Michael Savelkoul netted his sixth goal of the season for a 3-0 Steel cushion.
Parks’ second goal of the game and ninth of the season at the 3:36 mark of the third period on a New Ulm power play had the Steel on cruise control at 4-0.
“I started playing him with Danaev and Enright and he has is coming on — I think that he likes that line,” Stepan said.
The Steel closed out the scoring when Jacob Halvorson scored a short-handed goal at the 12:51 mark.
And Cohen, who stopped the Chills’ Marco Escobar on a first period breakaway, preserved the shutout.
“It is also a good statement win for Cohen.” Stepan said. “Right now it shows that all three of our goalies are capable of playing. (Zac) Hattan did it last week.”