Eagles come back for nonconference win
NEW ULM – Score one for the New Ulm Eagles girl’s hockey special teams.
New Ulm scored two third-period power-play goals and then killed an opposing power play with more than four minutes left in the game to come away with a 3-2 win against Henry Sibley on Satuday afternoon at the New Ulm Civic Center in nonconference hockey.
Brittany Denn, Lexi Weiss and Morgan Schaefer scored goals for New Ulm (3-0).
Brook Schugel had two assists with Morgan Schaefer and Kali Denn each adding a helper.
New Ulm goalie Julia Schaefer recorded 26 saves in the game and shut out the Warriors after yielding two first-period scores.
The Eagles spotted the Warriors a 2-0 lead in which they were outshot 12-6 with the Warriors’ Alexa Wild getting both scores.
It was a period that New Ulm coach Kristin Faber said was a case of her team not executing.
“We did not execute on our passing,” Faber said. “We were just throwing the puck where we thought someone was going to be, using the boards non-stop. Between periods I said that there are other areas of the ice to use, look at your options and get your head up.”
That message seemed to work as New Ulm outshot the Warriors 22-20 in the next two periods and slowly took control of the game.
New Ulm sliced that lead to 2-1 at 7:07 of the second period when Brittany Denn broke in on Warriors’ goalie Julia Wetzel-Edstrom and beat her with a wrist shot.
The Eagles were still down by a goal going into the final period but that was not uncharted territory for New Ulm this year.
“The girls have stepped it up in the third period of all three games,” Faber said. “It is good to see us come back like that but [being down] going into the third period is something that we definitely need to work on.”
The Eagles used five power plays in the third period – including a 5-on-3 advantage for a little more than a minute – to score twice in the third period.
Lexi Weiss’ score at the 6:04 mark knotted the contest at 2-2 before Morgan Schaefer got the eventual game-winner at the 11:51 mark. Both scores came on 5-on-4 power plays.
“We had two power play goals [2-of-7 in the game for the Eagles] but we need to control the puck and make something happen,” Faber said. “They were very aggressive on their penalty kill.”
And the Eagles capped the comeback by killing off a penalty and then held off the Warriors when they had a 6-on-5 advantage when they pulled their goalie in the final 48 seconds of the game.
“We had some huge blocks in that time – Lexi (Weiss) had a huge blocked shot in the slot,” said Faber. “And Julia Schaefer definitely shut them down in the final two periods. Thus was a nice win against a metro team.”
New Ulm will host Marshall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the New Ulm Civic Center.