Beltz scores 5 goals as New Ulm girls’ hockey team routs Worthington 14-1

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Ali Beltz (5) makes a move before scoring a goal in the first period the the Eagles’ win against Worthington Thursday at the New Ulm Civic Center. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NEW ULM — Ali Beltz scored five goals and Molly Scheid added four goals as New Ulm dominated Worthington 14-1 Thursday night at the New Ulm Civic Center in a Big South Conference girl’s hockey game.

Jayda Helget and Dani Weiss each added two goals with Ashtyn Wiltscheck scoring a goal.

Beltz and Weiss each added three assists with Morgan Klein, Madeline Gag and Wiltscheck each adding two helpers. Jackie Cowing, Caleigh Heck, Ally Steffensmeier and Alexa Steffl each added an assist.

Elle Cooper, who was playing goalie for the first time since she played for the New Ulm 10U team six years ago, stopped six of seven Worthington shots in the game.

New Um outshot the Trojans 49-7 in the game.

“Sometimes it is hard to come out with the right mindset in a game like this and you wonder what the group is going to come out with,” said Eagles coach Kristin Faber, who saw her team moved to 3-0 in the conference and 5-1 overall. “But scoring six seconds into the game before they tied it up, it was kind of a flat first period even though we scored six (goals).”

Beltz made it 1-0 six seconds into the game before the Trojans knotted the game. But goals from Weiss, Beltz and Scheid along with two more from Beltz had the Eagles ahead 6-1 after the first 17 minutes.

The Eagles rampage continued in a 10-shot, four-goal second period. Wiltscheck, Beltz, Scheid and Weiss upped the lead to 10-1 going into the final running time period where the Eagles, who host Burnsville at 1 p.m. on Saturday, collected four more goals. Two goals each from Jayda Helget and Scheid completed the romp.

Faber said that Cooper made the start after starting goalie Cassie Reed was injured in practice.

“She [Reed] will not play Saturday and we are not sure if it will be Cooper or somebody else in goal on Saturday,” Faber said.

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