New Ulm girls cruise past Worthington

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Ally Steffensmeier (12) gets a shot off despite pressure from Kessey Aljets of Worthington during the second period Thursday at the New Ulm Civic Center.

NEW ULM — Despite a slow start, the New Ulm girls’ hockey team got things right and defeated Worthington 9-1 in a Big South Conference game on Thursday.

Ashtyn Wiltscheck led the Eagles with three goals and an assist, including a power-play goal. McKenna Strong added two goals and two assists.

The Eagles turned a 2-0 lead after the first period into a 6-0 lead going into the second intermission.

Overall, six different players scored a goal for New Ulm.

“I think that’s the way that we’re going to have to succeed this year is to get contributions from everyone,” Eagles head coach Kristin Faber said. “From top to bottom we have people in each position that are able to put the puck in the net.”

New Ulm was able to convert on its scoring chances in the second period. Strong made it 3-0 and Wiltscheck scored a pair of goals. Alexa Steffl scored the final goal of the second period at the 11:31 mark.

“I think right from the start, we were losing races to the puck and that negates control of the puck and it negates possession,” Faber said. “When we don’t have our feet moving, our passes aren’t working and our heads aren’t working and it all kind of falls apart. I think in the first period, our heads weren’t in the game, it’s part of preparation prior to our game. With our schedule, we can’t have that lapse in the first period, it’s going to come back to bite us at some point.”

Alex Docherty gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead at the 4:53 mark in the third period to trigger running time. Strong scored her second goal of the game and Wiltscheck completed her hat trick at the 10:29 mark to make it 9-0.

The Trojans finally got on the board with 45 seconds left in the game when Ashton Fogelman scored to end Cassie Reed’s shutout bid.

Reed stopped 13 Worthington shots and Kaylee Bents had 44 saves for the Trojans.

New Ulm resumes action on Tuesday when it hosts Waseca.