The Twin City Steel had trouble finding ways to stop the Granite City Lumberjacks, which beat Steel, 5-0.
Granite City was led by Blake Phenow, who had one goal. Phenow scored on the power play 7:39 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Granite City. The Lumberjacks had gotten the advantage when Twin City\’s Adam Bedford was sent off for tripping. Travis Kothenbeutel provided the assist.
Granite City put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Steel to score on any of their three power plays. The Lumberjacks featured an improved defense during the game. Granite City gives up 2.1 goals on average per game. The Lumberjacks\’ offense rang up 44 shots on Twin City\’s net.
Granite City also got points from Luke Richardson, who also registered one goal and one assist and David Kenney, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Granite City also had goals scored by Tyler Mros and Jared Sprink, who each put in one. In addition, Granite City received assists from Tanner Skaja, who had two and Kevin Finley, Mitchell Gwost, and Cameron Brown, who each chipped in one.
The Steel could not produce up to their normal offensive output. Twin City puts an average of 3.3 pucks into the net per game.
Jesse Garcia recorded 24 saves for Granite City. The Lumberjacks incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Robbie Goor made 39 saves for the Steel on 44 shots. Twin City incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors.