Eagle girls shut out Mankato East

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Ali Beltz gets the puck away from a Mankato East/Loyola player during the first period Tuesday at the New Ulm Civic Center. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Eagles girls’ hockey team scored on four of its five power play chances as the Eagles rolled over Mankato East with a 6-0 win Tuesday night in a nonconference game at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Ali Beltz continued her assault on opposing goaltenders with a hat trick. Beltz now has 39 goals to lead the state in scoring in girls’ hockey.

Ashtyn Wiltscheck, Dani Weiss and Madeline Gag each had goals as the Eagles improved to 13-3 overall.

Beltz and Lauren Klein each had two assists with Weiss, Wiltscheck and Molly Scheid adding assists.

Eagles’ goalie Cassie Reed stopped all 19 Mankato East shots.

New Ulm fired 52 shots on East netminder Andrea Scheiber who recorded 46 saves.

“This was a nice nonconference win for us” New Ulm coach Kristin Faber said. “I was kind of nervous coming out of New Year’s break but what we saw in the third period (a 25-3 shot advantage) is a positive for our last nine games.”

The Eagles, who host New Prague at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, got going with two goals in the first period when Wiltscheck’s shot was stopped by Scheiber but Beltz was there to put in the rebound at the 10:08 mark.

New Ulm made it 2-0 on the first of its four power play goals when Wiltscheck found the back of the net with Beltz and Weiss earning assists.

It was also a period where New Ulm killed a five-on-three power play for the Cougars.

“That was an extended power play for them and we did not really give them any shots,” Faber said.

The Eagles added a goal late in the second period on the power play when Beltz’ shot hit the crossbar but Weiss was there to make it 3-0 at the 13:04 mark.

Beltz’ second goal — on a power play — made it 4-0 early in the third period before she got her hat trick on a hard wrist shot five minutes later for a 5-0 lead.

Gag’s goal — the fourth power play goal of the game for New Ulm — made it 6-0 and put running time into effect at the 13:18 mark.

Faber said that the power play goals were a case of moving the puck.

“We create different looks,” she said. “We let them be creative and figure out different lanes. It is their two minutes to show us what they can do.”