Special teams leads Eagles

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Dani Weiss tries to get past a Mound-Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/Southwest Christian defender during the third period Saturday at the New Ulm Civic Center. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NEW ULM — Chalk this win up to the special teams.

The New Ulm girls’ hockey team scored three power play goals — two of them coming in the third period to erase a 2-1 Mound-West Tonka lead — and came away with a 3-2 win Saturday at the New Ulm Civic Center in a nonconference game.

Alexa Steffl, Molly Scheid and Dani Weiss scored goals for the Eagles (1-0).

Jackie Cowing, Ali Beltz, Weiss, Ally Steffensmeier and Ashtyn Wiltscheck each had an assist.

New Ulm goalie Cassie Reed stopped 12 of 14 Mound shots in the game as the Eagles outshot the WhiteHawks 38-14 in the game.

“This was a great way to start the season,” New Ulm coach Kristen Faber said. “We were down by one (goal) late and cashed in on late on a couple of penalties. Overall, I was pleased with the outcome.

“And our penalty kill looked very good,” Faber said. “I do not think that they had many chances on their power play. We did not give them a whole lot of opportunities to set up.”

Add into that a power play that scored on three of five power plays in the game.

Mound-West Tonka grabbed a 1-0 lead on a Jenna Brustad goal that came when Faber said her defense had a lapse defensively.

Steffl’s bad angle shot on the Eagles’ first power play opportunity of the game beat WhiteHawks goalie Sara Larson at the 14:24 mark to knot the game at 1-1.

The WhiteHawks made it 2-1 on a goal from Brooke Piosske at :32 mark of the second period and held that lead despite the fact that New Ulm outshot them 8-4 in the period.

But in the third period, the Eagles got their power play rolling, scoring twice and out-shooting them 15-3.

Scheid found the back of the WhiteHawks net at the 1:11 mark to tie the game before Weiss gave the Eagles their first lead of the game at 3-2 at the 11:55 mark.

“We created some puck movement on our power play,” Faber said. “We got a couple of deflections out in front (of the net) on our last power play goal. It is good to see some different opportunities being created by our power play group.”


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