Granite City tried to dig itself out of a three-goal hole, but Twin City held on for a 4-2 victory.
Twin City took a 4-1 lead during the second period, only to have Granite City storm back on a Tommy Hutsell goal 5:52 into the third period to pull to two goals down.
Twin City was paced by James Hale, who registered one goal. Hale scored 10:17 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Twin City. Cory Martinez picked up the assist.
Luc Kreuser also scored for Twin City. Other players who recorded assists for Twin City were Paul Stehr, Ryan Hartzell, Trevor Woytcke, and Joe Costello, who each chipped in one.
Granite City stifled Twin City\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Granite City\’s offense operated below its season average. Granite City puts an average of 4.4 pucks into the net per game. Granite City\’s offense rang up 33 shots on Twin City\’s net.
Granite City was helped by Will Mix, who had one goal. Mix scored on the power play 14:54 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Granite City had taken the advantage when Twin City\’s Fritz Belisle got sent off for slashing. Tyler Mros assisted on the tally. More assists for Granite City came via Spencer Nelson and Tanner Skaja, who contributed one each.
Twin City\’s Gunnar Howg stopped 31 shots out of the 33 that he faced. Twin City incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Mac Berglove took the loss and made 12 saves before being replaced by Nathan Isaacson who made 10 saves. Granite City incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.