Salama’s power-play goal lifts Steel past Loons 4-3
NEW ULM –The New Ulm Steel did something Saturday night that they had not done all season.
They won two games in a row.
Lahoussine Salama’s power-play goal at the 14:06 mark of the third period broke a 3-3 tie and the New Ulm Steel had to survive a 6-on-5 advantage when the Minnesota Loons pulled their goalie for an extra attacker with 2:35 left as New Ulm downed the Loons 4-3 at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Connor Souza, Gus Cantwell and Ryler Schelle also scored goals for the Steel.
Parker Dorn had two assists in the game, with Landen Schwantes, Harrison Albrecht, Schelle, Jack Laser, Matt Zaruba, Sam Levins and Tyler Tompkins all adding helpers.
Steel goalie Nolan Lacosse stopped 24 of 27 Loons shots.
“It was not pretty, but at the end of the day we came out with a win and that is all that matters,” Steel coach Erick Bromberg said. “This was our first sweep — I am proud of the guys. We are moving this in the right direction as we speak, but it takes time. It is going to take time, so we have to be patient and we cannot rush it.”
The Steel, who host Willmar next Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. at the New Ulm Civic Center, jumped to a fast 2-0 lead early in the first period on goals from Souza — his first for the Steel this season — and Cantwell’s seventh goal of the year just over four minutes into the game.
The Loons cut the lead to 2-1 after the first period before Schelle’s second goal of the year at the 3:08 mark of the second period had New Ulm ahead 3-1.
But the Loons answered with two goals that tied the game and were aided by three Steel penalties and what Bromberg said was some poor play in those 20 minutes.
“That is what happens when we get away from our game,” Bromberg said. “We try to do too much selfishly and it showed. They had 15 shots on net in that period and that is not acceptable by me. But at the end of the day, all that mattered was that third period and we won that.
“We found a way to win tonight and it is a learning lesson. You have to find ways to win in this league and in this division.”