Big second period lifts Eagles
NEW ULM — The New Ulm Eagles boys’ hockey team survived a sluggish first period with three second-period goals as they edged Bloomington Kennedy 4-3 Tuesday night at the New Ulm Civic Center in a nonconference meeting.
Luke Scheid scored two goals — both on New Ulm power plays — with Landon Strong and Kyle Tauer scoring a goal.
Glavine Schugel had three assists with Scheid, Sam Berg and Nick Banal each adding a helper.
New Ulm goalie Jack Raymond recorded 18 saves.
The win was a nice way to rebound from an overtime loss to Litchfield/ Dassel-Cokato on Saturday despite a slow first 17 minutes.
“We were a little flat in that first period and they got a good talking to after that first period,” New Ulm coach Ryan Neuman said. “And we came out more on fire in that second period and took it to them.”
Kennedy grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 13:33 mark when Joseph Dosan got the puck by Raymond.
But the Eagles, who host Waseca on Thursday in a Big South Conference match-up, wasted little time in taking the lead in the second period.
With the Eagles on a man advantage, Luke Scheid whistled a slap shot from the high slot that beat Kennedy goalie Noah Hansen just 28 seconds into the second period.
Just over a minute later, Strong scored on a breakaway for a 2-1 lead.
Scheid’s second power play goal at the 10:38 mark, saw New Ulm holding a 3-1 lead after two periods.
“We worked on our power play last week and as long as that keeps clicking and we move the puck quick we should be OK,” Neuman said.
But he still had a concern about the slow start to the game by his team.
“You can tell and you get an inkling on how your team is going to do for the night but it is up to us to get them up,” Neuman said. “I gave them a pretty good speech after the first period and we came out on fire.”
Kennedy cut the lead to 3-2 at the 2:13 mark of the third period on a Quentin Goldknopf score at 2:13.
New Ulm responded when Kyle Tauer tipped in a puck just under two minutes later.
Bloomington pulled to within 4-3 at 12:16 of the third period on a goal that resembled its first when New Ulm did not clear the puck out of the defensive zone.
“We panic at times down low and do not pick somebody up,” Neuman said. “We get caught puck watching.”