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Dorn lifts Steel past Loons

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau The New Ulm Steel’s Braxten Hoffmann (10) works to get the puck by Minnesota Loons goalie Owen Reeve during the Steel’s NA3HL home game Wednesday at the New Ulm Civic Center.

NEW ULM — They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

And if you ask New Ulm Steel coach Curtis Doell what was beautiful in the Steel’s 4-3 win over the Minnesota Loons Wednesday night, he would tell you it was a win.

Parker Dorn’s goal at the 12:57 mark of the third period broke a 3-3 tie and improved the Steel’s record to 3-2.

Gavin Brunmeier scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season for the Steel also, with Bauer Barry adding a goal.

Dorn, Braxten Hoffmann, Jack Laser and Barry each had an assist.

Steel goalie Alex Benson stopped 18 of 21 Loons shots in the game.

Doell said that the win was nothing to write home about, but it was a win.

“It was not a pretty hockey game but a win is a win,” he said. “It is another W in the column. It is tough to play on a Wednesday night with the quick turnaround but like I told the players, ‘We have to compete night in and night out. It is never going to be easy.'”

The Steel, who play at Alexandria Friday before hosting West Division-leading Granite City Saturday, took a 1-0 lead when Brunmeier beat Loons goaltender Owen Reeve at the 6:39 mark with a short-handed score.

The Loons knotted the game at the 14:27 mark.

Barry’s goal early in the second period gave the Steel a 2-1 lead before the Loons scored two power-play goals just over three minutes apart for a 3-2 lead.

“We struggled in our defensive zone all night,” Doell said. “We worked on it all week and talked about it. And giving up two power-play goals in that time span. We take a lot of penalties. We need to tighten that up.”

Down 3-2, it was Brunmeier who scored his second goal of the game to knot it at 3-3 going into the third period.

“He is our leading scorer right now and he is exciting,” Doell said. “I coached him at Mankato West and now here. He keeps performing for me at every level.”

Dorn’s goal that gave the Steel the eventual win was a great goal according to Doell.

“He took the defenseman as a screen and played it off of the goalie’s shoulder and right into the net,” Doell said.

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