The North Iowa Bulls could not stop the Granite City Lumberjacks\’ Travis Kothenbeutel, who tallied a hat trick in a 5-3 win.
Kothenbeutel\’s first goal came 14:31 into the first period. He then added goals at 2:45 into the third and at 19:34 into the third.
Granite City pulled out the victory even though it was hit with 26 penalty minutes.
The Lumberjacks kept North Iowa\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Chris Amsden made 26 saves on 31 shots.
Granite City additionally got points from David Kenney, who also had one goal and two assists. Granite City also got a goal from Jared Sprink as well. More assists for Granite City came via Tanner Skaja, who had two and Mitchell Gwost, David Horsmann, and Dallas Marvin, who contributed one each.
The Bulls could not produce up to their normal offensive output. North Iowa puts an average of 5.1 pucks into the net per game. The Bulls gave up more goals than its normal season average. North Iowa is averaging 2.2 goals against for the season. The Bulls could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 26 minutes in penalties during the game.
North Iowa was led by Jack Stang, who registered one goal and one assist. Stang scored 16:46 into the third period to make the score 4-3 Granite City. Tyler Johnson provided the assist. North Iowa also got points from Johnson, who also registered one goal and one assist. Brett Gravelle also scored for North Iowa. Other players who recorded assists for North Iowa were Johnny Panvica, Joe Burgmeier, and Trey Gardner, who each chipped in one.
Jesse Garcia recorded 26 saves for Granite City. The Lumberjacks registered two goals on five power play opportunities. The Bulls registered one goal on six power play opportunities.