NEW ULM - The New Ulm boys hockey team didn't have much of a challenge Tuesday night against South Central Conference foe Fairmont.
In fact, the Eagles were able to win easily despite missing a player from the first line, defeating the Cardinals 9-3 at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Blake Neumann led the offense with four goals. To his knowledge, it's the first time he's had a four-goal game.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s Josh Cooper (18) launches a shot as Brock Johnson of Fairmont looks on during the first period Tuesday at the New Ulm Civic Center.
"I do not think I've had a four-goal game before, I've had a hat trick a couple of times but this is my first four-goal game," he said.
The Eagles jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the first period with Neumann opening the scoring. Goals by Cole Dulas, Brandon Helget, Ethan Kraus, Neumann and Lucas Heiderscheidt had the Eagles sitting comfortable after the first 17 minutes.
Fairmont got on the board, when trailing 3-0, Greg Claeys found the back of the net.
Gregg Nicoson and Claeys scored for the Cardinals in the second period, sandwiching a goal by New Ulm's Colin Huffman as the Eagles led 7-3 after two periods.
It was clearly a game the Eagles were going to win from the beginning, but Neumann said they had to stay focused.
"We just gotta come out fast and take them out of the game right away," Neumann said.?"[We have to] Make sure we're still working on our D zone and make sure we're covering guys so we can get better for the playoffs."
Neumann added two goals in the third period for the final 9-3 margin. New Ulm (4-2-1, 2-0-1 in SCC) gets back to action at 1 p.m. Saturday when the Eagles host Mound-Westonka.