Eagle girls blank Bulldogs
NEW ULM - The New Ulm girl’s hockey needed almost all of regulation, scoring with five minutes left in the third period, as it defeated St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson/Tri-City United Tuesday night in a Big South Conference battle.
In the first period the Eagles kept the Bulldogs from getting a shot on goal while delivering 25 shots of their own.
New Ulm was given a power play opportunity at the 6:55 mark in the first period when a body checking penalty was assessed to St. Peter. New Ulm was unable to produce any scoring chances, only recording two shots on goal.
“We had a number of shots on net and some quality opportunities in front of the net,” coach Kristin Faber said. “Unable to put a few of those away made it a tight game.”
At 6:05 in the second period, Madeline Gag was assessed a minor penalty for body checking. The Eagles successfully killed the penalty by letting St. Peter record only two shots on goaltender Karlie Ries.
“We where not tying up and giving them the lanes to the net, and created some opportunities for them,” Faber said.
Ali Beltz connected with a pass to Dani Weiss in front of the St. Peter goaltender for the short-handed scoring chance.
At the 11:25 mark still in the second period the Eagles again found themselves short-handed when Ashtyn Wiltscheck sat the two minutes for high sticking.
New Ulm was given a power play with seven seconds left in the second period carrying over to a power play opportunity to open the third. The delayed penalty took 50 seconds for the puck to be blown dead and the penalty assessed.
At 6:25 in the third period, Jayda Helget was called for hooking for New Ulm. The Eagles then went had a 5-3 deficit for 42 seconds when Lauren Klein was called for a cross-check.
“Weiss took the first half of that 5-3 not over committing anywhere, our defense stayed home as we bottled them up,” Faber said.
St. Peter called a timeout with 49 seconds left in the game, trying to regain control in side its zone.
Ali Beltz scored the lone goal at the 16:55 mark on a pass from Weiss and Klein. Beltz skated from the boards with 10 seconds left as she stepped across the crease for the backhand goal.
“We got it set up a little, I got control of the puck and took it to the net,” Beltz said. “I didn’t see anything open so I put it away when I had the chance.”
Reis ended the night with nine saves as the Eagles tailed 62 shots on goal.
New Ulm will travel to Worthington for a 5:30 p.m. game on Thursday.