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Power Play lifts New Ulm

December 16, 2011
By Jeremy Behnke - Journal Sports Editor (jbehnke@nujournal.com) , The Journal

NEW ULM - The New Ulm boys hockey team used the power play to its advantage as it defeated Waseca 4-2 in South Central Conference action Thursday night.

The Eagles improved to 4-3 on the season and 2-0 in the SCC with the win.

New Ulm scored three power play goals in the game, including two in the second period that saw the Eagles go up by two goals.

Brody Peterson and Jeff Banal each scored a goal and had an assist for New Ulm. Aaron DuChene and Wyatt Peterson also scored for the Eagles.

Waseca got on the board first when Kyle Quast scored the first of his two goals with 15:33 left in the first period, but DuChene tied it on a power play goal off of an assist from Tim Kehren.

Wyatt Peterson gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead with 8:06 left in the first period when he scored an unassisted goal, but the Bluejays responded later on Quast's second goal of the night.

In the second period, both teams had a few chances to grab the lead, but the Eagles finally went up 3-2 on Brody Peterson's power play goal. Banal was credited with the assist.

"That was a big one, especially to take the lead,"?Brody Peterson said. "But we kind of struggled up until that point and we just started to move the puck and things happened after that."

About a minute later, Banal scored the Eagles' third power play goal of the game, this time off of an assist from Brody Peterson and Blake Neumann.

The Eagles got off to a bit of a slow start, but the defense played much better in the second and third periods.

"I think we started the game a little bit slow but picked it up after that," Brody Peterson said.?"It kind of opened up our eyes. I think we were just being a little too aggressive in the beginning of the game, but we figured it out."

The Eagles have made it a point to work on special teams in practice and that worked out on Thursday.

"The power play - we're practicing that a lot and we just put it up high and their guy just kind of overcommitted," Brody Peterson said.

Brach Kraus earned the win in the net for the Eagles.

New Ulm has won three straight games and looks to make it four in a row when the Eagles travel to Delano Saturday for a 3 p.m. game.

 
 

 

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