Eagles rally by Waconia

NEW ULM – Despite spotting Waconia two goals on Thursday night, the New Ulm boy’s hockey team pretty much dominated the first period and that finally carried over in the second period.

Waconia outshot New?Ulm 9-8 in the first period but it seemed like the Eagles had the most scoring opportunities. They finally put those scoring chances in the back of the net in the second period as Judd Davis scored two goals. The end result was a 4-3 nonconference win over the Wildcats at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Colin Huffmann scored the game-winning goal with 2:31 left in the game as the Eagles improved to 13-10 overall.

The Eagles didn’t worry too much about the first-period deficit.

“We kept moving our feet and we had the attitude and everybody stayed up,” Davis said.

Alex Fortwengler and Collin Reus put the Wildcats up 2-0 in the first period despite New Ulm coming close several times.

Davis scored New Ulm’s first goal on an assist from Wyatt Peterson at the 6:15 mark in the first period.

“It was nice, we got the momentum and it was a rebound shot and I just put it in the hole,” Davis said.

Less than a minute later, he scored again to tie it up. His second goal was assisted by Peterson and Brandon Helget.

The Eagles grabbed a 3-2 lead early in the third period on Ethan Kraus’ goal, but the Wildcats tied it late.

Huffmann’s game winner was assisted by Kraus and Jon Kopacek.

New Ulm finished the game with 27 shots on goal and Waconia finished with 26 shots. Brach Kraus had 23 saves for the Eagles and Noah Roddy made 23 saves.

New Ulm has two games left in the regular season before playoff action starts. The Eagles are at Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato on Saturday and host Fairmont on Thursday.

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