Delano ekes by New Ulm, eliminates Eagles

Staff photo by Jeremy Behnke New Ulm's Kyle Tauer scores past Delano goalie Aaron Kruse in Saturday's consolation semifinal game at Mariucci Arena.

MINNEAPOLIS — Despite grabbing the early lead, New Ulm wasn’t able to find much offense for the second day in a row at the Class A boys’ state hockey tournament.

Delano ended New Ulm’s season with a 2-1 victory over the Eagles at Mariucci Arena on Thursday. Delano will play North Branch for fifth place at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mariucci Arena.

“It’s been a long last couple of days for us, and obviously we had an emotional game [on Wednesday in a 6-0 loss to Mahtomedi] and everyone’s up for that,” Eagles coach Ryan Neuman said. “You have to get up early and come to the consolation side of the bracket, I thought we did okay with that, we just couldn’t get anything past their goaltender.”

The Eagles had a 5-on-4 advantage late in the third period but were unable to score. After the power play expired, the Eagles pulled goalie Jack Raymond for the extra attacker with less than two minutes left, but the Eagles were unable to tie the game despite having several chances.

“Looking back, I guess the way that they [Delano] sat back, I guess I kind of wish I would’ve pulled him at the 3-minute mark,” Neuman said. “After our timeout, we already had the man advantage so we didn’t want to give them a freebie right away. But I felt we did a good job, we got some pucks to the net and I felt we did a good job with the power play.”

Staff photo by Jeremy Behnke New Ulm's Landon Strong comes to a stop as he brings the puck up the ice against Delano in Thursday's consolation bracket semifinals at Mariucci Arena.

Delano outshot New Ulm 23-22 in the game.

Raymond had 21 saves for New Ulm. The Eagles finish the season at 17-10-1.

The Eagles struck first, grabbing the 1-0 lead when Kyle Tauer scored the first goal for New Ulm in the tournament at the 7:29 mark. Tauer’s goal, his ninth of the season, was assisted by Landon Strong.

The lead didn’t last long. At 9:51, Delano scored the equalizer when Adam Brown fired a shot past Raymond. Jacob Marciniak assisted on the goal.

Delano, the No. 5 seed in the tournament, took a 2-1 lead in the second period when Hogan Williams scored on a power play. Quinn Daly assisted on Williams’ 12th goal of the season.

The Eagles have plenty of talent coming back and Neuman is excited about the future.

“I just kind of passed that message on to the younger guys, I gave them all hugs and I told the younger guys, ‘remember this.'”