Behind a great game by Kohei Sato, who had two goals and two assists, North Iowa defeated Rochester, 11-0.
Sato\’s tallies came at 9:12 into the first period to make the score 1-0 North Iowa and on the power play 17:41 into the third to make the score 11-0 North Iowa.
North Iowa put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Rochester to score on any of its four power plays. North Iowa forced Rochester goalie Kyle Plantz to work between the pipes, taking 60 shots. North Iowa surpassed its usual scoring output this season. North Iowa has scored at the pace of 5.8 goals per game during the current campaign.
North Iowa additionally got points from Quinn Fuchs, who also grabbed one goal and three assists, Sean Mallonee, who also registered one goal and one assist, Carmen Dalesandro, who also finished with three goals and three assists to lead the team in points, and Brett Gravelle, who also had two goals and one assist. North Iowa also had goals scored by Mitch Parsons and Marshall Barnes, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for North Iowa were Eric Piatt, Tom Lindgren, Joe Burgmeier, Austin Jackson, Shane Bernhardson, and David Min, who each chipped in one and Owen Larson and Adam Orn, who contributed two each.
Rochester\’s offense operated below its season average. Rochester puts an average of 2.5 pucks into the net per game. Rochester found itself short handed often, totaling 26 penalty minutes and allowing six power plays.
North Iowa\’s David Johnson stopped 18 shots out of the 18 that he faced. North Iowa incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Plantz rejected 49 shots on goal for Rochester.