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North Iowa’s Burgmeier deadly on offense in 6-1 win against Granite City

Joe Burgmeier was all over the ice for the North Iowa Bulls, as he tallied two goals in North Iowa\’s 6-1 win over the Granite City Lumberjacks.

Burgmeier scored on the power play at 1:48 into the first period to make the score 1-0 North Iowa and again while short handed 10 seconds into the second to make the score 2-0 North Iowa.

Granite City was stymied by the Bulls\’ netminder Jordan Moran, who stopped 35 shots during the victory. Moran certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 2.15 entering the contest.

The Lumberjacks\’ power play was ineffective against North Iowa\’s penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.

The Bulls were often in penalty trouble, totaling nine minors and two majors for 38 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 20.0 minutes per game North Iowa had been spending in the box. The Bulls forced Granite City\’s netminders to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, taking 41 shots and forcing 35 saves. Sam Goetsch made 20 stops and Jesse Garcia made 15.

North Iowa also got points from Mario Bianchi, who also racked up one goal and one assist. North Iowa also had goals scored by Connor Bump, Austin Jackson, and Trey Gardner, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for North Iowa were Evan Mills, who had two and Johnny Panvica, Kurt Halbach, Joe Kleven, Carmen Dalesandro, Brett Gravelle, Dylan Zins, and Soren Colstrup, who contributed one each.

The Lumberjacks racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. Granite City had been averaging 20.0 minutes in penalties per game. The Lumberjacks\’ offense operated below their season average. Granite City puts an average of 4.5 pucks into the net per game. North Iowa was unable to stop the Lumberjacks from sending pucks towards the net, and Granite City eventually piled up 36 shots on goal. The Lumberjacks\’ defense let in more goals than it usually has this year. Granite City is averaging 1.9 goal against for the season.

Granite City also got a goal from David Kenney as well.

The Bulls registered two goals on five power play opportunities.