Ice Hawks Drop Close Games

Post Bulletin November 10, 2017


NEW ULM — The Rochester Ice Hawks played well for more than 50 minutes, but a seven-minute stretch in the second period proved costly as they dropped a 6-4 North American 3 Hockey League game against New Ulm on Friday.

The Steel (5-4-4) scored four goals in a span of 6 minutes, 29 seconds in the middle of the second period to break open a close game.

 The Ice Hawks drop to 4-8-0 and will play host to the Steel tonight at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Recreation Center.

Matthew Shupert got the Ice Hawks off to a good start Friday, scoring just 23 seconds into the game, but the Steel evened the score later in the period.

Four players then scored once each for the Steel in the decisive stretch of the second period.

Zach Curry pulled the Hawks within 5-2 with 5:07 to go in the second. Alex Tarr made it 5-3 early in the third, the but the Steel answered quickly for a 6-3 lead. Rochester’s Drew Westphal capped the scoring with a power-play goal with 5:38 to go.

Noah Roach had two assists, while Shupert, Conor Parker, Josh Hoffman, Skylar Watt, Austyn Renn and Michael Smits had one each.

New Ulm had a 44-29 advantage in shots on goal. Luke Murphy stopped 26 of the 30 shots he faced for Rochester, while Drew Schenkenberg made 12 saves on 14 shots.