NEW ULM?- Facing a young and inexperienced team, the New Ulm girls hockey squad knew that they wanted to get some early goals and skate away with a comfortable win.
The Eagles managed to do both of those as both Brook Schugel and Kali Denn scored hat tricks in an 11-1 South Central Conference win over Fairmont Tuesday at New Ulm Civic Center.
"We knew that we had to work hard regardless of their team strengths," said Schugel, who also had an assist in the game. "It really helped us to get those first couple of goals because then we could be calm with the puck and get the kids who don't get to score as much a chance."
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s Brook Shugel (15) gets a scoring chance as Fairmont goalie Miranda O’Connor looks on during the first period of the Eagles’ win Tuesday at the New Ulm Civic Center.
The Eagles outshot Fairmont 30-14 in the game and scored three times in the first period to gain the early momentum.
Schugel scored the first and third goal and her goals sandwiched one by Denn.
The Cardinals responded with a goal of their own to open the second period after Jalyssa Wilsch scored with 11:45 left in the period, but New Ulm scored the next eight goals en route to the lopsided score.
Goals by Lexi Weiss, Erika Ries, Schugel and Vanessa Anderson upped the New Ulm lead to 7-1 after two periods.
The third period featured running time, but it didn't seem to matter as the Eagles tacked on four more scores. Back-to-back goals by Denn were followed by a goal from Weiss and the first goal of the season from Jordyn Horn for the final 11-1 margin.
Bailey Landreville stopped 13 shots for the Eagles.
The win improves New Ulm's record to 6-1 on the young season. The Eagles host Dodge County at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center.
Fairmont (0-5) hosts Marshall on Thursday. The Cardinals lost a close one with the Tigers 5-4 earlier in the season.