Faribault blanks New Ulm girls 2-0 in non-conference play

File photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s McKenna Strong (14) carries the puck up the ice during a recent home game.

NEW ULM — The Faribault girls’ hockey team came into New Ulm on Saturday to face the Eagles as the fifth-ranked team in Class A by QRF.

They led the state in scoring, averaging just over seven goals per game.

New Ulm gave them all they could handle.

Faribault scored two third-period goals to break a scoreless contest and went on to blank New Ulm 2-0.

Abby Goodwin and Olivia Williamson scored goals for Faribault, now 9-1.

New Ulm goaltender Ava Brennan was again solid in the nets for the Eagles (6-4) as she stopped 24 of 26 Faribault shots in the game.

“In my mind, this was a game we should have won,” New Ulm head coach Kristin Faber said. “I thought that we played well in the second period and that was about it. We did not create enough and we did not do enough to take care of the puck in our defensive zone and they got two goals in the third period.”

The Eagles, who host Fairmont at 5 p.m Thursday at the New Ulm Civic Center, dominated the Falcons through two scoreless periods.

New Ulm outshot Faribault 12-6 in the first period and then held the Falcons to just three shots on Brennan in the second period.

For the game, New Ulm was outshot 29-24 thanks to a 10-4 advantage for the Falcons in the third period.

“We played well in the first two periods, “Faber said. “And before the game we talked that we were going to have to play three good periods today. We did not and we got the results that we got.”

The Falcons broke the ice at the 4:53 mark of the third period when the Eagles failed to cleat the puck in front of Brennan, allowing Goodwin to score.

Williamson then added an insurance goal 10 minutes later for a 2-0 lead.

“When you start slow and end slow it is not going to end well for us,” Faber said. “Offensively we did not have the firepower or the aggressive nature that we had on Thursday.”