Beltz records hat trick as Eagles down Faribault
NEW ULM — Ali Beltz recorded her first hat trick of the season as the New Ulm Eagles girls’ hockey team overcame an early Faribault lead to come away with a 7-4 win over the Falcons Tuesday night at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Dani Weiss, Elle Cooper, Ally Steffensmeier and Ashtyn Wiltscheck added goals for New Ulm (2-0).
Weiss added two assists with Jackie Cowing, Beltz, Steffensmeier, Alexa Steffl, Madeline Gag and Wiltscheck each adding a helper.
Eagles’ goalie Cassie Reed had 13 saves as New Ulm outshot Faribault 32-17 in the game.
“We had kind of a slow start tonight,” New Ulm coach Kristin Faber said. “We did a lot of puck watching in our defensive zone and created a lot of opportunities that were not necessary in front of our net.”
The Eagles, who host Delano at 1 p.m. on Saturday, grabbed a 1-0 lead when Beltz got her first goal of the game at the 4:26 mark.
But that puck watching by the Eagles allowed the Falcons to nail two goals by Reed in a six-minute span as Allyshon McCoshen and Olivia Williamson gave the visitors a 2-1 lead after the first period.
Rylie Starkson’s shot — that went off of Reed’s stick and into the net — saw Faribault take a 3-1 lead at the 2:35 mark of the second period.
New Ulm responded with goals from Cooper and Steffensmeier — with Steffensmeier being unassisted — to knot the game at 3-3 at the 13:17 mark.
“It was good to see the girls battle back from two goals behind,” Faber said. “I thought that the second half of our game was better than the first half.”
Each team added goals late in the period with Weiss notching a goal with less than a minute left in the period to send the game tied going into the final period.
“We scored three goals in the last eight minutes of the period,” Faber said. “The girls just picked up the pace — they were winning races to the puck.”
And the third period belonged to the Eagles, who outshot Faribault 10-3 in the that period with three of those shots beating Faribault goalie Camryn Salmonsen.
Beltz’s second goal — a shot that floated over Salmonsen’s shoulder — moved the Eagles into a 5-4 lead.
Beltz then got her hat trick three minutes later on the power play for a 6-4 lead.
“I know that she [Beltz] was kind of frustrated last Saturday but it was good to see her get on the scoresheet tonight,” Faber said.
Wiltscheck’s empty-net goal with less than a minute left in the game sealed Faribault’s fate.