Helget, Wiltscheck lead Eagles by Scarlets

NEW ULM — Outside of a couple of speed bumps, the New Ulm Eagle girls’ hockey team was on cruise control Tuesday night in a nonconference game against Mankato West at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Jayda Helget and Ashtyn Wiltscheck each scored two goals for New Ulm, with Ally Steffensmeier and McKenna Strong each adding a goal as the Eagles rolled to a 6-2 win over the Scarlets.

Molly Scheid added three assists with Jackie Cowing,Morgan Klein, Elle Cooper, Steffensmeier and Alexa Steffl all adding assists.

Eagles goalie Cassie Reed recorded 16 saves as New Ulm improved to 11-6 overall.

“Overall, I am pretty happy with the way that we played,” New Ulm coach Kristin Faber said. “They only had 18 shots and they did not have many shots in the third period (1). It feels like it has been a long time since we have played at home.”

The Eagles, who travel to Marshall Thursday in a game for first place in the Big South Conference, took a 1-0 lead at the 5:34 mark when Helget’s low wrist shot snuck past Scarlets goalie Sarah Olson.

McKenna Strong upped the lead to 2-0 when her wrist shot bounced through bodies in front of the Olson and found the back of the net at the 7:27 mark.

West (8-5-3) cut the lead to 2-1 at the 9:49 mark of the second period on a Sunshine Langworthy rebound.

But Helget got her second goal and eighth of the season when her slap shot hit the crossbar and dropped behind Olson for a 3-1 lead at the 14:57 mark of the second period.

Steffensmeier’s power-play goal — her sixth of the season — moved New Ulm ahead 4-1 just 44 seconds into the third period.

Two goals from Wiltscheck, her team-leading 17th and 18th of the year, made it 6-1 before West’s Molly Grundhoffer’s shot made it 6-2.

“Jayda (Helget) was moving today and she put some pucks on net,” Faber said. “She got herself into an angle where she used West’s defenseman as a screen against their own goalie.

“And Ashtyn’s line played well,” Faber added. “They controlled the puck a lot in the offensive zone. When you get two lines scoring, that is a positive.”