New Ulm girls’ hockey team blanks Litchfield/D-C

File photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm forward Caleigh Heck takes a shot during recent game at the New Ulm Civic Center.

File photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm forward Caleigh Heck takes a shot during recent game at the New Ulm Civic Center.

NEW ULM — The New Ulm girls’ hockey team came into their game with Litchfield-Dassel/Cokato on Saturday averaging seven goals a game — second only to Warroad’s 7.4 goals a game in Class A.

While the Eagles did not reach their average, they managed to fire 73 shots on Dragons’ goalie Avery Stillwell. Stillwell stopped 68 of them but New Ulm blanked LDC 5-0 at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Ali Beltz recorded a natural hat trick with Ashyton Wiltscheck and Dani Weiss each added a goal. Beltz and Weiss each had two helpers with Lauren Klein getting an assist.

New Ulm goalie Cassie Reed had a relatively easy day facing only eight Dragons’ shots in the game.

“I thought that we really played well today,” said Beltz, who helped her team improve to 10-2 overall and 3-1 in Section 2A. ‘We upped our intensity. I think that we really had a good effort.”

New Ulm coach Kristin Faber said that her team came out in the first period and controlled the puck from the start.

“And that carried over throughout the rest of the game,” she said. “It was a good effort on our part and a good win for us going into the last half of our regular season.”

Beltz got the Eagles rolling at the 2:13 mark when she took a pass from Weiss and beat Stillwell for a 1-0 lead.

That same duo made it 2-0 at the 16:32 mark when Beltz buried a shot from the high slot for the two-goal lead.

“We have been line mates for as long as I can remember.” Beltz said about her and Weiss. “We have played together for a long time — we work well together.”

It was also a period where New Ulm fired 19 shots on goal. But in the second period, the Eagles shot 24 pucks at Stillwell with Beltz getting her third straight goal when she skated in an deked Stillwell for a 3-0 lead.

“I think that it might be my first-ever natural hat trick,” Beltz said.

Ashyton Wiltscheck made it 4-0 at the 6:03 mark before Weiss scored on a breakaway four minutes later.

In that third period, New Ulm outshot the Dragons 25-1.

“We are a better offensive team,” Beltz said. “We are playing a lot of teams where all we are doing is playing in the offensive zone. Offense is our strength but we need to keep working on our defense.”

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