A tough loss for Eagles
NEW ULM – The New Ulm girl’s hockey team dominated every facet of Friday night’s game against Faribault, at least all but the most important stat.
New Ulm finished the game with 44 shots on goal compared to 12 by the Falcons and also held a major advantage in puck possession. But the Eagles allowed a short-handed goal with 1:12 left in the game in a 4-3 nonconference loss.
Brittany Denn scored two of New Ulm’s goals and Brook Schugel scored the other goal.
Lexus Tatge and Megan Johnstad each scored twice for the Falcons, with Tatge’s second goal being the game-winner.
The Eagles had a key chance to grab the lead late in the game. With a 5-on-3 advantage, New Ulm was unable to capitalize and get the go-ahead goal. Then, the Eagles watched Tatge pick up the loose puck and skate from one end of the ice to the other to beat Julia Schaefer in the net.
For the Eagles, it was just one of those nights where they couldn’t take advantage of some scoring chances.
“It’s definitely a frustrating loss,” New Ulm coach Kristen Faber said. “For the most part, we dominated play through the whole game. It came down to a few mistakes, but overall I’m very happy with the way that we played as a team tonight. We shot the puck well and we had a lot of offensive time.”
The Falcons didn’t get many shots off in the first period, but they did take advantage when they did. Tatge scored the first goal and Johnstad the second as they grabbed an early 2-0 lead on New Ulm starting goalie Bailey Landreville.
Landreville was replaced by Schaefer after the first period as New Ulm tied the game up at 2-2 in the second.
Denn scored New Ulm’s first goal unassisted at the 2:50 mark and Schugel tied the game at the 13:42 mark on assists from Morgan Schaefer and Lexie Weiss.
Johnstad’s second goal of the night put the Falcons up 3-2 at the 6:56 mark in the third period, but the Eagles tied the game on Denn’s second goal of the night.
Just when things were looking up for the Eagles, they saw how quickly things can change.
With the man-advantage for New Ulm, Tatge picked up the loose puck near the blue line and skated in, beating Julia Schaefer.
“It’s gonna happen in sports, it happens everywhere and it’s not always going to turn out the way you want it to,” Faber said. “If you were to watch that game, I bet you wouldn’t think that we had lost, but it happens and I told the girls we’re back to work on Tuesday.”
Lauren Werner made 41 stops for Faribault (5-10-1).
New Ulm (11-5) is at Marshall on Tuesday.