New Ulm routs Worthington

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Worthington goalie Carter Ponto (1) looks back to see the puck in the net after New Ulm’s Tyler Tauer (20) got his shot past Ponto in the first period Monday at the New Ulm Civic Center. For more photos of this event go to

NEW ULM — At the end of the second period in its game with Worthington, the New Ulm boys’ hockey team had fired 44 shots on Trojans’ goalie Carter Ponto with four of them finding the back of the net.

In that same time span, Worthington had just four shots on New Ulm netminder Jack Raymond.

The Eagles added three more goals as they rolled to a 7-0 win over Worthington in a Big South Conference game at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Kyle Tauer recorded a hat trick with Sam Berg, Jack Fairbairn, Bailey Hillesheim and Glavine Schugel adding goals.

Ryan Esser and Nick Banal each had two assists with Fairbairn, Berg, Blake Tauer, Shane Esser, Josh Seidl and Landon Strong each adding assists.

Raymond ended with nine saves in the game as New Ulm improved to 9-5 in the conference and 12-11-1 overall.

The Eagles play their last home game Tuesday when they host Windom.

“We talked about putting a lot of shots on goal before the game,” New Ulm coach Ryan Neuman said. “And I told the team after the game that this is something that we have to do against these guys is get off the goaltender a little bit so we can bang in the rebound or look for deflections.”

It took the Eagles 22 shots before they got one by Ponto and that came at the 14:35 mark when Tauer got his first goal of the game with Ryan Esser and Blake Tauer getting the assists. That was the lone goal of the first period as Ponto held strong.

“He has been playing well for them all year for them,” Neuman said. “He is used to seeing 50 to 60 shots a game.”

New Ulm scored three goals in the second period as Berg, with an assist from Banal, made it 2-0 before Tauer got his second score with Seidl and Ryan Esser getting helpers.

Shane Esser assisted on Fairbairn’s rebound goal at the 14:28 mark for a 4-0 lead.

Tauer got his hat trick at 3:32 of the third period for an unassisted goal. Hillesheim, making a start on the top line, upped the lead to 6-0 before Schugel put the capper on the game at 13:55.

It was a game where New Ulm wore down Worthington late in the game as the Trojans had just 13 skaters.

“We were cycling the puck pretty well and they were constantly chasing,” Neuman said. “And they got sick of chasing the puck and had five guys in front of the net.”

The Eagles, who end their regular season on the road Thursday at Waseca, are expected to be seeded fifth in Section 3A and be on the road at Hutchinson in the first round of playoffs.