Eagles fall to Marshall in boys’ hockey

File photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Kyle Tauer carries the puck past a defender during a recent game at the New Ulm Civic Center.

NEW ULM — Glavine Schugel scored two goals 48 seconds apart late in the third period but it wasn’t enough as Marshall hung on for a 3-2 win over New Ulm Thursday night in a Big South Conference boys’ hockey game.

Tristan VanDeVere scored twice for Marshall (13-4, 8-2) with Tyson Whyte adding a goal.

Schugel’s two goals — his fifth and sixth goals of the season — were aided by assists from Nick Banal and Landon Strong.

Jack Raymond recorded 29 saves as New Ulm dropped to 5-3 in the conference and 7-8 overall.

“I thought that this was one of our more complete games of the year,” New Ulm coach Ryan Neuman said. “We just ran into a goaltender (Dominik Capers who had 31 saves) that was stopping it. And we had three mistakes and on all three mistakes the puck ended up in the back of our net.”

New Ulm trailed 3-0 late when the Eagles put pressure on deep in the Tigers’ end and Schugel was able to push the puck by Capers at the 14:41 mark to cut the lead to 3-1.

Forty eight seconds later it was Schugel again who put the puck past Capers to pull the Eagles to within one with less than two minutes to play in the game.

New Ulm pulled Raymond with 1:04 left in the contest but could not knot the game.

“We need to minimize our mistakes,” Neuman said. “And when we do make a mistake we cannot put it in on one of their players stick in the slot or give up odd-man rushes.”

Marshall took a 1-0 lead in the second period on a short-handed goal when VanDeVere took a pass on a two-on-one from Chase VanDeVere and tipped the puck by Raymond at the 4:52 mark.

“That was the first mistake we made,” Neuman said. “We put the puck into the shins and it goes the other way.”

The Tigers upped their lead to 3-0 in the third period, scoring twice on goals from Whyte for a comfortable lead at the 11:44 mark.

“We had a defenseman pinched and he did not have any support from the forward up top and gave up an odd-man rush and they scored,” Neuman said. “And then we turned the puck over in the slot and they scored.”

Despite the loss, Neuman feels that his team can carry some momentum into their next game at Worthington on Tuesday.

“This can be a confidence-builder for our next game,” he said.

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