Scoring frenzy lifts Eagles

NEW ULM – Bobbie Jo Benda seemed to spark Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato when she scored a power play goal at the 13:56 mark of the second period to cut New Ulm’s lead to 3-2.

But all it did was anger the Eagles.

Lexie Weiss, Brook Schugel and Dani Weiss each scored goals in a span of more than two minutes as New Ulm hammered Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 7-2 on Saturday afternoon in nonconference girl’s hockey at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Lexie Weiss scored two goals with Morgan Schaefer. Erika Ries and Ali Beltz each netted a goal.

Schugel added three assists with Brittany Denn, Schaefer, Lexie Weiss and Beltz each adding two helpers.

Eagles’ goalie Julia Schaefer ended with 30 saves while the Dragons’ Abby Roediger stopped 31 New Ulm shots.

New Ulm coach Kristen Faber felt that her team came out better than it did Thursday at Marshall.

“In the first period we put a little bit of pressure on them and got some shots,” Faber said. “That kind of got the game going.”

The Eagles, who host Northfeld on Thursday, jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period. First, it was a backhander by Lexie Weiss that got New Ulm on the board at the 3:41 mark.

That was followed by a goal from Beltz. Beltz’s shot was stopped by Roediger but the puck dropped down in front of the L/D-C goalie and then rolled into the net for a 2-0 Eagles’ lead at the 8:22 mark.

Litchfield’s Sarah Kivisto cut the New Ulm lead to 2-1 before Erika Ries upped the New Ulm lead to 3-1 after the first period.

With New Ulm’s Lexie Weiss in the penalty box for body checking early in the second period, Benda netted the Dragons’ second goal.

But paybacks can be pleasant as it was for Lexie Weiss, who countered Benda’s goal less than a minute later for a 4-2 New Ulm lead and regain momentum for the Eagles.

“Lexie got the penalty but it was nice that she came right back with a goal,” Faber said. “That seemed to get us going – their goal could have been a huge momentum-changer but Lexie went out there and shifted momentum.”

Weiss’ score opened the flood gates as Schugel scored off a faceoff for a 5-2 just more than a minute later. After Schugel’s goal, Dani Weiss made it 6-2 to cap a three-goal second period for the Eagles.

“Three shifts in a row we scored goals,” Faber said.

New Ulm closed out the scoring in the third period when Morgan Schaefer capped off the win with a goal.

“We capitalized on our opportunities than we did in our first meeting with them (a 3-1 loss),” Faber said. “I was expecting a tighter game but we got those quick goals.”

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