By Jeremy Behnke
Journal Sports Editor
NEW ULM - The New Ulm girl's hockey team had to deal with not only the Holy Family squad, but also a bit of bad luck on its home ice.
Because the Zamboni machine broke down in between the second and third period and was stuck on the ice, the game had to move over to the bigger Olympic-sized ice. There, the Eagles, who trailed 3-1 after two periods, watched the Holy Family lead grow as Holy Family won the nonconference game 5-1 at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Erika Ries had New Ulm's (15-7) lone goal. The Eagles wrap up the regular season with a South?Central Conference game against Waseca at 7 p.m. Friday.
For both teams, the bigger ice was an adjustment, but for the Eagles, it was a chance to try something new.
"We kind of thought it was fun," Brook Schugel said.?"It was something different and we knew we had to utilize all the extra ice."
Holy Family jumped out to the early lead and never looked back. The first goal came just 1:09 into the game when Grace Blood's shot slid under the pads of New Ulm goalie Bailey Landreville. Megan Menzuber, who assisted on Blood's goal, scored the second goal at the 10:35 mark to give her squad a 2-0 lead.
The Wildfire pushed the lead to three goals after Menzuber scored her second goal of the game at the 7:08 mark in the second period. Ries wasted little time answering the goal as she scored just eight seconds later. But that was all the scoring New Ulm got as Holy Family tacked on two more goals in the third period.
After the game with Waseca, the Eagles have an 11-day stretch before their first playoff game. New Ulm is the No. 1 seed in the Section 3A playoffs and will play either Fairmont or Windom.
"I think it'll be great for us to get that break, because when we get back we'll have that excitement," Schugel said. "We really need to work hard during the break and not slack off at all."