Blizzard hockey: Alex lead disappears as New Ulm takes over fourth place in the West
The New Ulm Steel took advantage of a big opportunity this weekend and moved into fourth place in the West Division.
The Steel (22-15-0-2, 46 points) came into a two-game series with Alexandria trailing the Blizzard by three points for that fourth and final playoff spot. New Ulm stole a 3-1 game in Alexandria on Friday night. Then on Saturday, the Steel defended its home ice in a 4-3 win that put New Ulm one point up on the Blizzard (22-17-0-1, 45 points). The Steel also hosts North Iowa today, Sunday, with a chance to add more points.
The Blizzard led 1-0 after a first-period goal from Brett Meister on assists by Dylan Giorgio and Sam Prisbe. Meister added another goal at 1:03 of the second off assists from Giorgio and Jered Sanborn, and it was 2-0.
The Steel got a power-play goal from Jarrett Cammarata in the second period and then controlled the third frame with three goals. Hunter Johnson, Brian Oare and Jacob Halvorson all found the back of the net around a Blizzard goal from Zach Curry (assisted by Joe Dokken).
Ville Hyttinen took the loss for Alexandria with 23 saves and the four goals allowed. Henry Baribeau got his second win of the weekend for the Steel with 26 saves and three goals allowed.
The Blizzard has seven games left in the regular season to try to regain a top four spot in the West. Alexandria plays at Rochester on Feb. 15 as the only game of the upcoming weekend.