The game between the Twin City Steel and the Breezy Point North Stars was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Twin City emerged with a 5-3 win.
The Steel gained the winning advantage on a goal by Lance Carney 4:15 into the third period and hung on until final buzzer.
Twin City got the win on the strength of a great game by Jordan Pitlick, who had two goals and two assists. Pitlick scored the first of his two goals at 18:51 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Twin City. Aharon Lara provided the assist. Pitlick\’s next tally made the score 5-3 Twin City with 1:22 left in the third period. The Steel had gotten the advantage when Breezy Point\’s Yegor Paliy was sent off for too many men. Jared Erickson picked up the assist.
Twin City put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the North Stars to score on any of their five power plays. The Steel were often in penalty trouble, as it ended with seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time.
Twin City also got points from Lara, who also registered one goal and one assist and David Becker, who also had one goal and one assist. More assists for Twin City came via Mathias Ahman, James Hale, and Jay Paul, who each chipped in one.
Breezy Point\’s penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled seven minors and one major for 39 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 28.0 minutes per game the North Stars had been spending in the box. Penalties took their toll on Breezy Point, as its penalty kill unit let in three power play goals.
Others who scored for Breezy Point included Nick Blanchette and Ryan Herbert, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Breezy Point were Philip Grippi, Sean Viti, Brooke Evans, Seyia Hayata, and Ryan Mezera, who contributed one each.