Sam Goetsch recorded a shutout against the Twin City Steel as the Granite City Lumberjacks picked up a 4-0 win.
Granite City was led by Luke Richardson, who racked up one goal and one assist. Richardson scored on the power play 8:14 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Granite City. A delay of game penalty on Jon Plaszcz had put the Lumberjacks on the power play. Jared Sprink assisted on the tally.
Granite City racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with nine minors and two majors for 58 minutes in penalty time. The Lumberjacks had been averaging 31.0 minutes in penalties per game. Granite City excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances.
Granite City additionally got points from Sprink, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Granite City also had goals scored by Blake Phenow and Travis Kothenbeutel, who scored one goal each. In addition, Granite City received assists from Mitchell Gwost, David Kenney, Alek Groth, and Dallas Marvin, who each chipped in one.
Twin City was often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and two majors for 66 minutes in penalty time. The Steel surpassed its season average of 33.0 penalty minutes per game. Twin City\’s offense operated below its season average. The Steel average 3.8 goals per game. Twin City forced the Lumberjacks goalie Goetsch to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots.
Goetsch rejected 31 shots on goal for Granite City. The Lumberjacks registered one goal on four power play opportunities. The Steel\’s Robbiei Goor stopped 21 shots out of the 25 that he faced.