The Granite City Lumberjacks gutted out a close 3-2 win against the North Iowa Bulls.
Neither team gained more than a one-goal lead, and Dallas Marvin's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
Marvin was all over the ice for Granite City, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Marvin scored the first of his two goals at 59 seconds into the second period to make the score 1-0 Granite City. Tanner Skaja assisted on the tally. Marvin's next tally made the score 3-2 Granite City with 6:23 left in the third period. The Lumberjacks had gotten the advantage when North Iowa's Brett Gravelle was sent off for tripping. Corey Taylor picked up the assist.
Granite City excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. The Bulls' defense shut down the Lumberjacks' forwards for much of the game, and Granite City got off only 14 shots during the contest.
North Iowa found itself short handed often, totaling 28 penalty minutes and allowing seven power plays.
The Bulls were helped by Dylan Zins, who grabbed one goal. Zins scored short handed 14:27 into the second period to make the score 1-1. North Iowa played down a man on Evan Mills's cross checking. Austin Jackson provided the assist. North Iowa also got a goal from Joe Burgmeier as well. In addition, North Iowa received assists from Joe Kleven and Adam Orn, who each chipped in one.
The Lumberjacks' Jesse Garcia stopped 19 shots out of the 21 that he faced. Granite City incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. David Johnson made 11 saves for the Bulls on 14 shots.