NEW ULM - In the second period of the New Ulm girl's hockey game against St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson/Tri City United, the Eagles fired 30 shots on Bulldog goalie Veronica Sinell.
Only one went in, that coming off of the stick of Brittany Denn with 49 seconds left in the period.
But in the third period, Sinell couldn't keep out the continuing New Ulm onslaught.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s Erika Ries (10) battles for the puck with Bailey Wilmes (11) of St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson/Tri-City United Tuesday at the New Ulm Civic Center.
The Eagles recorded 23 more shots, scoring four times as they rolled by SP/LSH/TCU 8-0 in a South Central Conference game.
Lexie Weiss recorded a hat trick for New Ulm and Erika Reis added two goals. Denn, Schaefer and Brook Schugel each added scores as New Ulm outshot the Bulldogs 74-11 in the game.
New Ulm goalie Julia Schaefer stopped all 11 shots while Sinell stopped 68 shots.
"We played very well tonight," said New Ulm coach Angie Zeig, who saw her team move to 1-0 in the SCC and 4-1 overall. "We had good puck control and had a lot of heads up play, I could not ask for much more out of them tonight, They came out ready to play and they played well."
Weiss's first goal of the game gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead as she pushed a backhand shot past Sinell. Two goals less than a minute apart by Ries moved New Ulm into a 3-0 lead after the first 17 minutes.
New Ulm continued to dominate the Bulldogs in period two, firing 30 shots on Sinell. But only Denn's shot found the back of the net with less than a minute left in the period.
"We were getting the shots on goal but we were not getting the rebounds," Zeig said. "Their defenders out front were helping clear a few more of the rebounds. We got in a little deep on some plays and were past the rebounds by the time they kicked out. But we worked on that in the third period and got some chances."
Two goals from Weiss to start the third period within a three-minute span moved the Eagles to a 6-0, running-time lead.
A Schaefer goal and a Schugel score lifted the Eagles to the 8-0 win.
New Ulm's 74 shots on goal were the most in the last three seasons, according to Zeig.
"I think that in the Korinne O'Connor days we may have had some like that," Zeig said. "But for this team in the last the years it has to be one of our highest."
New Ulm hosts Hutchinson Saturday at the New Ulm Civic Center.