Special teams play hurts New Ulm girl’s hockey

NEW ULM – For 2 1/2 periods, the New Ulm girl’s hockey team trailed Chaska-Chanhassen 1-0.

But in a span of just less than three minutes, the Hawks scored two goals and went on to edge the Eagles 3-1 Friday night in nonconference hockey.

Lydia Passolt, Megan Hinze and Mollie Wise scored goals for the Hawks (9-1-1).

Lexi Weiss netted the lone New Ulm goal with Brook Schugel and Morgan Schaefer getting assists for the Eagles (8-2).

New Ulm goalie Julia Schaefer recorded 39 saves, many of them coming on point-blank shots by the Hawks.

“She kept us in the game and had a great showing,” said New Ulm coach Kristen Faber. “Overall I was very pleased with her play.”

Chaska-Chanhassen goalie Carly Van Orden ended with 23 saves.

Faber was complimentary of the Hawks but also critical of her team.

“They were quick to the puck and on the puck,” Faber said. “But we also did a lot of watching tonight. It was not our best showing and it showed on the scoreboard.”

Faber was not as happy with the play of her special teams. New Ulm was 0-for-9 on power-play attempts – including a 5-on-3 advantage early in the second period.

Add in giving up a shorthanded goal early in the third period.

“We need to spend more time on the power play,” Faber said. “We need to be intense on the puck – not just on the power play but overall. That was lacking tonight and it showed on puck control and the shorthanded goal.”

Chaska got on the board at the 11:51 mark when Passolt beat Schaefer on a backhander that came as a result of the Eagles’ inabilty to clear their zone.

Hinze’s shorthanded goal in the third period made it 2-1 before Wise capped the Hawks’ scoring.

New Ulm did avoid their second-straight shutout when Weiss beat Van Orden at the 2:31 mark on the third period.

“We need to execute better,” Faber said. “We know what we need to do – it is just a matter of us doing it. Overall we need a better showing top to bottom for three periods of play and hopefully this coming week we can get things back on track.”

The Eagles play at St. Peter on Tuesday and Waseca on Thursday.

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