Tauer lifts Eagles to boys’ hockey win

File photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Ryan Esser carries the puck into the zone during a recent game at the New Ulm Civic Center.

NEW ULM — With Waseca on a power play in overtime, the Bluejays were looking for an early Christmas present with a goal.

But New Ulm’s Kyle Tauer put a lump of coal in the Bluejays’ stocking.

The junior wing scored a shorthanded goal with 1:45 left in overtime when Waseca mishandled the puck. Tauer then beat Jays’ goalie Jack Moseley with a low slap shot to lift New Ulm to a 2-1 win Thursday night in a Big South Conference game at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Luke Scheid scored the other goal for New Ulm (5-5, 4-0).

Tauer added an assist on Scheid’s score.

Eagles goalie Jack Raymond had 12 saves, while Moseley stopped 21 Eagles’ shots.

“Our penalty kill has been pretty dominant this year,” said New Ulm coach Ryan Neuman, who saw his team kill four Bluejays’ power plays in the win. “We are around 90 percent on the kill.”

The Eagles fell behind 1-0 in the first period when Waseca’s Brett Attenberger beat Raymond and a sloppy New Ulm defense at the 15:31 mark.

Neither team scored in a slow second period before the Eagles got the equalizer on a Scheid power play goal at the 10:19 mark of the third period. It was Scheid’s third power play goal in two games.

In overtime, Scheid got sent to the box for holding at the 5:50 mark. But 25 seconds later, Tauer got the game-winner.

“We did what we needed to do to win the game tonight,” Neuman said.


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