Mahtomedi offense too much for Eagles

Staff photo by Jeremy Behnke New Ulm goalie Jack Raymond makes a glove save in the first period of Wednesday's Class A quarterfinal game against Mahtomedi at Xcel Energy Center.

ST. PAUL — It wasn’t that No. 1 seed Mahtomedi didn’t have many shots on goal against unseeded New Ulm on Wednesday, but it was the fact that Jack Raymond was in the way.

Raymond stopped 49 shots against the Zephyrs, but Mahtomedi’s persistence paid off in a 6-0 victory against the Eagles in the Class A quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center.

The Eagles (17-9-1) will play the loser of Delano and Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin at noon Thursday at Mariucci Arena. Mahtomedi moves on to play at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Xcel Energy Center.

It took the Zephyrs 20 shots before they finally got one past Raymond at the 13:13 mark in the first period. JD Metz set the tone, and that goal was followed by scores from Tom Paradise at 14:12 and Metz again at 15:27 to give the Zephyrs a 3-0 lead after the first period.

“I feel like I could’ve done better towards the end [of the first period],” Raymond said. “I gave up three goals in five minutes, I thought I could’ve saved at least two of them, but I was pleased after the first period.”

Staff photos by Jeremy Behnke New Ulm's Teagan Kamm skates up the ice during Wednesday's Class A quarterfinal game against Mahtomedi at Xcel Energy Center

The second period started out much like the first. It took Mahtomedi until the 13:09 mark to make it 4-0 when Joe Paradise scored. Later, Tom Paradise scored his second goal of the game and the Zephyrs led 5-0 after two periods, taking a 41-6 shots on goal advantage after two periods.

Kory Pilarsky needed only 9 seconds to score Mahtomedi’s sixth goal of the game in the third period. Mahtomedi finished with a 55-10 shots on goal advantage.

New Ulm now focuses its attention on the consolation game.

“It’s an honor for our town and just for the guys,” Raymond said. “Our town takes hockey pretty seriously so it was pretty awesome that we could get back up here.”

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