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Steel continue to struggle with loss

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Parker Lawrence (6) of the New Ulm Steel tries to get a shot off despite pressure from Lucas Bellis of North Iowa during the third period Friday at the New Ulm Civic Center.

NEW ULM — The early-season woes continued for the New Ulm Steel Friday night as North Iowa scored two first period goals and then added a goal in both the second and third periods as the Bulls sent the Steel to 0-4 with a 4-1 win over New Ulm in a NA3HL game at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Sofa Isogai scored two goals — his second one on an empty net score with less than a minute left in the game — with Jac Triemert and Lucas Jorgenson each adding a goal.

Joey Gimberlin scored the lone New Ulm goal in the third period on a power play. Tommy Broten and Corey Stormer had assists on the goal.

The Bulls, who host the Steel Saturday in Mason City at 7:30 p.m., tallied two scores in a span of 3:30 minutes. Triemert and Isogai took advantage of Steel defensemen doing more watching then trying to clear Bulls’ players from in front of New Ulm goalie Zac Hattan. Hattan stopped 38 of 41 North Iowa shots in the contest.

North Iowa upped the lead to 3-0 in the second period when Jorgenson scored at the 7:46 mark.

The Steel finally solved Bulls’ net-minder Evan Babekuhl, who had 31 saves in the game, at the 11:51 mark when Gimberlin scored his third goal of the season.

North Iowa (3-1) salted the game away on Isofgai’s empty net goal with less than two minutes to go in the game.

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