Denn scores 4 goals in Eagles’ 8-1 win

NEW ULM – Brittany Denn scored four goals and Brook Schugel added two goals as the New Ulm girl’s hockey team rolled to its fourth-straight win with a dominating 8-1 win against Marshall on Tuesday night in a nonconference hockey game at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Kali Denn and Erika Ries each added scores with Lexi Weiss adding two assists.

New Ulm goalie Bailey Landreville stopped 12-of-13 Marshall shots.

“Our goal going into this game was to get some puck movement and focusing more on our defensive zone,” said Eagles’ coach Kristin Faber. “And we wanted to finish and you could see that in the third period we had five goals. We started executing and that was the difference in the game.”

New Ulm (4-0) took a 2-0 lead after the first period when a shot by Kali Denn beat Marshall goalie Morgan Morrill at the 7:23 mark.

Exactly one minute later, sister Brittany Denn began her assault on Marshall when she broke in on the Tigers’ netminder for a 2-0 lead.

The Eagles made it 3-0 at the 5:29 mark of the second period, when Schugel used her speed to beat Morrill after pulling away from Marshall defensemen.

The goals of both Denn and Schugel came because of their quickness, which Faber said is a luxury.

“I talked to our forwards and told them that we are quicker than their defensmen – we can drive to the net,” Faber said. “That is going to create opportunities whether we score on the initial shot or create a rebound.”

Erika Ries’ goal made it a 4-0 lead early in the third period a before Brittany Denn made it 5-0 with an unassisted goal at the 11:11 mark.

Marshall’s Teegan Wyffels cut the lead to 5-1 but a second goal from Schugel and two more from Brittany Denn upped the lead to 8-1.

Denn gave credit to her teammates for her big game.

“This team this year is phenomenal,” Denn said. ‘We have a lot of bonding, we are family and we are always positive.”

She also credited her linemates who set her up for goals.

“I would not have been able to do it without my line, they were really helpful,” Denn said. “I have a lot of good teammates out there.”

Denn said the team’s goal was to put a lot of shots on goal each period.

“We wanted to put 15 shots on goal each period,” Denn said.

The Eagles now prepare for a games Friday at Eveleth-Gilbert and Saturday at Moose Lake.

Faber, whose team will also visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, said the two games will be more physical than her team is used to.

“They will be high-tempo, high paced games,” Faber said.

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