Minnesota River gets past New Ulm

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Josh Seidl launches the puck toward the net during a recent game at the New Ulm Civic Center. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

SLEEPY EYE — The Minnesota River Bulldogs defeated New Ulm 3-2 in a Big South Conference boys’ hockey game Tuesday.

New Ulm struggled early to create scoring chances in the first minutes of the opening period as Minnesota River held the puck in the offensive zone really well.

Glavine Schugel created New Ulm’s first strong scoring chance by controlling the play in the corner in the Bulldogs’ zone. Schugel was able to move the puck out of the corner and the offensive zone was held with assistance from Nick Banal and Max Heiderscheidt.

Schugel scored on the play by picking up a loose puck in front of the net after a shot by Heiderscheidt beat the Bulldog netminder through the five-hole Schugel’s goal, with 9:29 left to play in the first. It was assisted by Heiderscheidt.

With 5:50 left to play still in the first, New Ulm’s Sam Berg was called for a tripping penalty. Minnesota River then tied the game at 1-1 by scoring on the power play with just over four minutes left in the first.

New Ulm’s Banal was called for an elbowing penalty following on open ice check at center ice with the Eagles again on the penalty kill.

The Eagles creating scoring chances with the player disadvantage when Kyle Tauer raced for an open puck just outside of the circles in the Bulldog zone. Tauer was challenged by the Bulldog netminder Andrew Regner by diving for the loose puck just out of the reach of Tauer’s stick.

Minnesota River capitalized on the power play advantage again to carry a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period.

New Ulm’s goalie Jack Raymond had seven saves with the Eagles putting four quality shots on net.

Raymond stayed strong in the second period after being challenged with a wide-open Bulldog in front of the net with the puck. Raymond made the save from the butterfly stance as the momentum began to shift in the Eagles’ direction.

The Eagles carried this momentum into their first power play of the night from a Bulldog elbowing penalty with 10:56 left in the second. New Ulm put two shots on goal with two quality scoring chances on the power play but did not capitalize on player advantage.

New Ulm held the puck in the offensive zone well in the halfway through the second period with all the pressure coming from the Eagles ability to win the battles in the corners. Colton Braulick hit the post after a loose puck found his stick and seeing the sharp angle of the side of the net.

The Bulldogs scored their third goal, again coming from the power with 13 seconds left before the Eagles would regain full strength.

With 47 seconds left to play in the second period Minnesota River’s Zach Wendorff was penalized for a five-minute major on a check from behind in New Ulm’s zone and it gave the Eagles a chance in the final seconds of the second period and over four minutes of 5-on-4 play with fresh legs to open the third period.

New Ulm outshot Minnesota River 11-9 in the second period.

After pulling Raymond late in the game, New Ulm’s Luke Scheid scored with 1:10 left with a 6-5 player advantage. Scheid’s goal was assisted by Landon Strong to make it 3-2.

The Eagles outshot the Bulldogs 29-21 and Raymond had 18 saves. New Ulm won 16 of 23 faceoffs in the third period.

New Ulm will host Luverne at 7 p.m. for a Big South Conference game on Thursday in New Ulm.