FARIBAULT, Minn. – In the battle of elite programs in their respective levels, the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres proved to be too much for the defending NA3HL champion North Iowa Bulls.
The Sabres took game two between the two clubs, winning on home ice by a score of 5-2. This victory coming just six days after Shattuck flattened North Iowa 6-2 in Mason City.
Grisha Gotovets got the scoring started early in this game as he lit the lamp for the second time against the Bulls. The real dagger came with just 6.2 seconds left in the first period when Samuel Stevens converted on a one timer from just inside the right face-off circle. Stevens would strike again with 8:38 left in the second period with a power play right off the draw, beating North Iowa goaltender Brady Meyers high to the glove side.
In the third period, the North Iowa offense came alive as Mitch Parsons fired a wrist shot past Shattuck back stop Vince Shonka, cutting the Shattuck lead to two. Then with 8:04 left on the clock, North Iowa converted on a power play thanks to Josh Arnold. The forward was parked in the slot and redirected a pass from Owen Larson past Shonka.
Niko Esposito scored an empty net goal with just over a minute to play and Gotovets added another empty net goal in the waning moments to seal the win for the Sabres.