Strong leads Eagles to big 3A playoff win
NEW ULM — The New Ulm boys’ hockey team got a strong performance on Thursday night in their Section 3A opening round game against Windom at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Landon Strong scored four goals and added an assist and younger brother Kadon Strong scored a goal and added a helper as the New Ulm rolled by Windom 8-2.
Glavine Schugel, Ryan Esser and A.J. Arneson each added a score.
Landon Strong has now scored eight goals in his last two games.
Eagles goalie Jack Raymond stopped 14 of 16 Windom shots.
Josh Seidl and Blake Tauer each had two assists with Schugel and Teagan Kamm getting assists.
New Ulm now plays Litchfield-Dassel/Cokato, a 6-2 winner over Redwood Valley Saturday night a 8 p..m at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
“We played a pretty solid game,” New Ulm coach Ryan Neuman said. “We got a little bit away from it in the second period but overall, we played a hell of a hockey game. We were jacked up for this game — we were almost a little to jacked up at times.”
The Eagles got on the board at the 5:31 mark of the first period when Glavine Schugel broke in on Windom goalie Josiah Quintero (18 saves on 22 shots in the first two periods) tossing a backhander at him. Quintero stopped the initial shot but Schugel got the rebound by him.
Strong began his demolition of Windom when he scored on a power play for a 2-0 lead at 11:37.
Windom cut the lead to 2-1 before Kaden Strong found the back of the net at 16:11 for a 3-1 lead after the first period when his shot went off Quintero’s blocker and into the net.
Landon Strong made it a 4-1 game when he went coast-to-coast for a 5-1 lead. Windom’s Kyle Espenson brought Windom to within 4-2. But Strong’s hat-trick goal upped New Ulm’s lead to 5-2 to end the second period.
Goals from Ryan Esser and Landon Strong’s fourth goal increased the lead to 7-2 before A.J. Arneson closed the book with an assist from Strong for the 8-2 final.
Strong said of his four goals in the game that he liked the first goal.
“It helped us boost momentum.” he said.“We were pretty fired up after the Fairmont goal when we scored 11 against them.”
Neuman now hopes that Strong continues his scoring.“As long as he continues to roll he is going to add to the arsenal and we will be just fine,” he said. “I thought that Teagan [Kamm], Ryan Esser and Hunter [Hulke] played a very good game offensively. And [Landon] Strong may be the fastest skater in the section.”
Neuman also hopes that the weather cooperates for Saturday’s semifinal game.
“If that game gets snowed out on Saturday in St. Peter we have to go up there and play them on Saturday. They will not reschedule games with the way they rewrote the bylaws,” Neuman said. “And if it is postponed all togeher, we would play Litchfield there on Monday.”