Eagle boys blank Redwood Valley
NEW ULM — After the first period of their game with Redwood Valley, the New Ulm Eagles boys’ hockey team had scored one goal on seven shots.
When Jack Fairbairn scored with 13 seconds left in the game, the Eagles had tallied nine more goals and fired 21 more shots at Cardinals’ goalie Kia Jacobson as New Ulm shutdown Redwood Valley 10-0 in a Big South Conference hockey game Tuesday night at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Sam Berg and Glavine Schugel each scored twice for the Eagles (2-4, 2-0). Luke Scheid, Shane Esser, Kyle Tauer, Max Heiderscheidt and Deren Swanson-Cullen each added a goal.
Kasey Schmitz had two assists with Josh Seidl, Schugel, Berg and Landon Strong each adding helpers.
New Ulm goalie Jack Raymond stopped all 10 Redwood Valley shots.
For New Ulm coach Ryan Neuman, it was a game where the Eagles started slow but gradually gained momentum.
“The first 25 minutes of the game we were pretty sluggish,” said Neuman about his team, which plays in Fairmont on Thursday. “But once we started establishing what we needed to do was when our intensity picked up.”
As did the goals.
New Ulm had grabbed a 1-0 lead after the first period on Scheid goal at the 11:09 mark with Seidl getting the assist.
But in the second 17 minutes, the Eagles scored four times for a 5-0 lead.
Berg’s goal at the 10:27 mark was followed less than two minutes later by an Esser score.
Tauer and Heiderscheidt’s goals came exactly one minute apart and carried the Eagles into the third period with a 5-0 lead.
“We had a lack of intensity in that first period and we have been talking to the players and trying to get them up,” Neuman said. “The generation of kids is different today — they do not come out fired up on their own without some motivation.
“We were losing puck battles in the first period to a team that we are faster than,” Neuman said. “That is inexcusable and I told the guys that I am going to start to bench players if they are not going.”
New Ulm kept that message in its heads into the third period when it added five goals.
Berg scored followed by back-to-back unassisted goals from Schugel, a Cullen goal and Fairbairn’s score ended the assault.
“Once we keep up that intensity in games we will be OK,” Neuman said.