Kohei Sato gave North Iowa a 2-1 (OT) victory over Granite City when he scored 3:54 into the extra period.
North Iowa was led by goalie David Johnson, who finished with 31 saves while allowing one goal. Johnson managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 1.72 prior to the game.
North Iowa was led by Sato, who racked up one goal.
North Iowa excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. North Iowa did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. North Iowa puts an average of 6.0 pucks into the net per game. North Iowa kept Granite City\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Mac Berglove made 35 saves on 37 shots.
Granite City was often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and one major for 31 minutes in penalty time. Granite City had been averaging 14.0 minutes in penalties per game. Granite City\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on nine North Iowa power plays. Granite City was held below its usual level of production. Granite City averages 3.9 goals per game. Granite City forced North Iowa goalie Johnson to work between the pipes, taking 32 shots.
North Iowa ended with 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major.