Eagles rock Bluejays
NEW ULM — Elle Cooper and Molly Scheid each recorded second period hat tricks as New Um scored seven, second period goals as they rolled by Waseca 9-1 Tuesday night in a Big South Conference girls’ hockey game.
Morgan Klein, Jayda Helget and Ashytn Wiltscheck each added goals.
Cooper added three assists with Ally Steffensmeier getting two helpers. Jackie Cowing, Klein and Wiltscheck each had an assist.
New Ulm outshot the Bluejays 42-3 in the game with Isabella Sorenson scoring the lone Waseca goal early in the third period.
“We had a slow start again,” New Ulm head coach Kristin Faber said. “We did not connect on our passes in the first period. But in the second period we had seven goals which was a good sign of which end the of the ice the puck was in.”
The Eagles, who host Marshall Thursday, held just a 1-0 lead after the first 17 minutes before they fired 19 shots on Waseca goalie Miranda Watzek in the second period with seven of those pucks finding the back of the net.
Scheid’s first goal of the game just 55 seconds into the period made it 2-0 before Jayda Helget’s goal at the 1:31 mark upped the lead to 3-0. Cooper’s goal on a delayed penalty increased made it 4-0 at the 6:01 mark.
Waseca called a timeout after Cooper’s goal but New Ulm scored four goals in the last six minutes of the period. Wiltscheck’s goal preceded hat trick scores from Cooper and two from Scheid. Scheid’s two goals coming a minute apart saw the Eagles cruising at 8-0.
“Once we started rolling we started to control the puck and the game,” Faber said. “That is where the goals came from. The line of Wiltscheck, Sheid and Cooper worked well together. They sparked things tonight.”
It was also a period where the Eagles’ defensemen did not allow a shot or Waseca to really possess the puck in the New Ulm end.
“We did a nice job of keeping the puck in their end,” Faber said.
Klein’s goal in the third period off-set Sorenson’s goal on the only shot in the period for Waseca.
“We got some confidence tonight with the goals and anytime you can do that it helps us,” Faber said. “And I really feel confident in our defensive corps.”