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Column: Zinniel nears Klaviter’s scoring mark

On Tuesday night in Morgan, senior Jon Zinniel set the boys’ all-time school scoring record at New Ulm Cathedral when he finished with 18 points to break Mike Wilfahrt’s career mark of 1,480. He now has 1,482 career points.

Zinniel’s next mark is the Cathedral all-time career mark set by Steph Klaviter back in 1995 of 1,694.

Zinniel and the Greyhounds have eight regular season games left. He needs 213 points to become Cathedral’s all-time leading career scorer.

Zinniel started as a freshman and scored 296 points that year. As a sophomore he ended with 394 and totaled 436 as a junior. Thus far he has scored 356 points in his senior season.

Another Greyhounds’ basketball player who is near a career mark is senior guard James Gillis, who has 945 career points after Tuesday’s game at Cedar Mountain.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY PREPS FOR PLAYOFFS: Now at 17-7 with a Big South Conference road game at Waseca Thursday to end the regular season, the New Ulm Eagles girls’ hockey team has a pretty amazing statistic so far.

In 24 games, the Eagles have recorded 975 shots on opposing goalies. That comes out to an average of just over 40 shots a game.

That includes a 50 shots-on-goal performance Tuesday in a 9-0 blanking of Fairmont Tuesday.

New Ulm coach Kristin Faber said that statistic may be a little deceiving.

Most of those games have come in conference contests where New Ulm has outscored opponents 74-6 in 13 conference games.

“But it also shows that we have also been controlling play in putting shots on net,” she said. “And I would not say that all of those shots were quality shots. But shots on net equals offensive zone time. When we are only giving up five to 10 shots in our conference games — we are controlling play. Yes, that statistic is deceiving but it also tells where we are spending time in the rink in games.”

New Ulm has allowed only 317 shots on goal for an average of 13 per game in that same span. Again most of that domination has happened in conference games.

Seedings for Section 2A come out this Sunday and Faber expects her Eagles to be seeded third behind Mound-Westonka and Hutchinson and earn a home playoff game on Thursday, February 3.

New Ulm lost to both Mound-Westonka and Hutchinson by scores of 5-1 and 5-2 respectively during the regular season.

“But I think that if anyone has that hot night or hot goalie can compete,” Faber said.

Faber said that she is happy with her defense.

“I like the way our defensemen are playing — they are all playing well and making the right decisions with and without the puck.”

Faber also has confidence in seventh grade goalie Ava Brennan. Brennan has posted a goals-against average of a sparkling 1.37 and has added nine shutouts and 284 saves in her initial season to her young resume.

“She is a strong goaltender and has the mindset of if they score a goal they score a goal and get on with the game, “Faber said.

STEEL ADD PLAYER: Tuesday night the New Ulm Steel acquired forward Josh Baker from Granite City.

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