Granite City had a four-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-2 win over Minnesota.
Granite City forced Minnesota\’s goalies to work between the pipes, taking 42 shots and forcing 35 saves. Dakota McDonald made 19 stops and Brady Griffin made 16. Granite City\’s goal total was higher than its season average. Granite City averages 3.8 goals per game. The defensemen of Granite City were also effective in Minnesota\’s zone, and came away with two goals.
Granite City additionally got points from Casey Esselman, who also registered one goal and one assist and Spencer Zwiener, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Granite City also had goals scored by Tyler Mros, Braden Altena, Tanner Skaja, and Will Mix, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Granite City were Spencer Nelson, who had one and Tommy Hall, who had two.
Minnesota was helped by Alec Skar, who finished with one goal. Skar scored 1:00 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Granite City. Drake Gran assisted on the tally. Minnesota also got points from Gran, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. In addition, Minnesota received assists from Frankie Moore, who had one and Tyler Leverty, who had two.
Mac Berglove rejected 21 shots on goal for Granite City. Granite City incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Minnesota incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors.