Eagles hold off Windom charge
NEW ULM — When New Ulm’s Keagan Schiro lifted a backhander past Windom goalie Dan Stubbe on an assist from Kedar Schmitz with 12:59 left in the third period, it gave New Ulm a seemingly comfortable 5-2 lead over Windom.
But Windom scored two power-play goals just over a minute apart to cut the lead to 5-4 with 10 seconds left in the game as New Ulm survived with a 5-4 win in Big South Conference hockey.
Braxten Hoffmann, Josh Guldan, Teddy Giefer and Teagan Kamm netted goals for New Ulm (17-6, 14-1).
Glavine Schugel and Hoffmann each had three assists with Cade Bushard abd Kamm adding helpers.
New Ulm goalie Joey Gag stopped 23 of 27 Windom shots.
“That is one of the better teams that Windom has had in a long time and it is a better game for us at the end of the year,” New Ulm head coach Ryan Neuman said. “We beat them 9-2 in Windom so I am sure we came in tonight overconfident and it showed in that first period.”
It was a first period where New Ulm outshot Windom 11-6 but the visiiting Eagles had a 1-0 lead on Brady Espenson goal at the 6:49 mark.
The Eagles, who host Waseca Thursday, grabbed the lead in the second period on Braxten Hoffmann’s 17th goal of the season at the 5:50 mark and Josh Guldan’s power play goal with 54 seconds left in the second period.
New Ulm made it a 3-1 game when Teddy Giefer scored 30 seconds into the third period.
“Any time you can score late in a period and then get one right away to start off the next period you can keep that momentum on your side,” Neuman said.
New Ulm made it a 4-1 lead when Kamm scored on a pretty centering pass from Hoffmann and Schugel. It was Schugel’s 27 assist of the season.
Schiro’s backhander had New Ulm up by three goals before both Kyle Espenson and Mikal Anderson scored power play goals to cut the lead to 5-4.
“It was tough on us when they had a 5-on-3 and a 6-on-3 advantage but we were abe to finish,” Neuman said.