NEW ULM - Bigger, faster and stronger.
Those are three words used by New Ulm boys hockey coach Erik Setterholm to describe the Mound-Westonka hockey team, the team Setterholm's Eagles ran into Saturday.
And in the end, that combination, plus experience, proved to be the deciding factor as the White Hawks defeated New Ulm 6-0 at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s Wyatt Peterson (9) has his shot deflected by Mound-Westonka defender Jack Brandstetter (17) during the first period Saturday at the New Ulm Civic Center.
"There's no question, their 20-guy roster had 14 seniors and six juniors, there's no sophomores and no freshmen," Setterholm said. "Compared to our roster, we're full of sophomores and freshmen, so bigger, stronger and faster. They play well and obviously they've played together for quite a while."
The White Hawks (5-4) scored three power play goals and finished with 57 shots on goal. New Ulm goalie Brach Kraus stopped 51 shots in the loss.
While it didn't end well for the Eagles, they did look like they were going to make it a competitive, close game in the early parts of the game.
Both teams were scoreless for almost the entire first period until Mound-Westonka's Blake Brady scored with 55 seconds left on an assist from Ben O'Borsky and Hunter Smith to give the White Hawks a 1-0 heading into the second period.
"That was definitely not what you want to do, when you've played them that close, you don't want to give up a goal late like that, you'd rather be at 0-0 after one [period]," Setterholm said. "I think we had some chances to score in that first period that would probably have changed the way the whole game played out. But the puck didn't bounce for us today."
Jack Brandstetter led the White Hawks with three goals.
While the Eagles looked like they were going to be able to compete after the first period, the White Hawks turned up the pressure and added three goals in the second period to virtually put the game out of reach.
"I think they stepped it up [in the second period]," Setterholm said. "They came out flying in the second period and they've got some pretty skilled players, but we had a couple penalties - not a lot of penalties - they capitalized and they ended up with three power play goals. Once a team like that gets rolling, it's hard to slow them down."
Sander Lee scored with 12:03 left in the second period on an assist from O'Borsky to put Mound-Westonka up 2-0.
The White Hawks added to the lead when Brandstetter's shot deflected off of the skate of Kraus to put them up 3-0, and Brandstetter scored again with 1:10 left in the second period for the 4-0 lead.
The White Hawks got goals from Brandstetter and Charlie Curti in the third period as Brandstetter completed his hat trick.
New Ulm (4-3-1) gets back into action on Thursday in Rochester when the Eagles play Dodge County at 11 a.m.