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SMC coasts by New Ulm boys

NEW ULM — Southwest Minnesota Christian scored four first-period goals and went on to defeat New Ulm High School 6-2 Saturday afternoon in a nonconference boy’s hockey game.

It was the season opener for both teams.

Ryan Odefey scored twice for SMC.

Noah Wilmes and Braxten Hoffmann scored the goals for the Eagles.

Kadon Strong, Jacob Berg and Josh Gulden had assists for New Ulm.

Max Lavin stopped 17 of 19 New Ulm shots as New Ulm was outshot 45-19 in the game.

Kyle Esser started in goal for New Ulm, allowing four first-period goals.

He was replaced after four goals by Joey Gag.

Southwest Minnesota Christian took control of the game in the opening period with two goals coming 46 seconds apart.

Jackson Olimb beat Esser at the 3:09 mark before Odefey got the first of his two scores at the 3:55 mark.

Odefey collected his second goal of the game and third of the period for Southwest Minnesota Christian when his shot found the high corner of the net at the 7:09 mark.

Caleb Bendell made it 4-0 at 12:34.

The Eagles, who host Litchfield-Dassel/Cokato Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleepy Eye Ice Arena, got on the board in the second period on Wilmes’ power-play goal at 7:19, with Strong and Berg getting helpers.

But Southwest Minnesota Christian quickly countered that with a Truman Haug power-play goal less than two minutes later to take a 5-1 lead after two periods.

Bendell’s goal just over a minute into the third period increased the lead to 6-1.

New Ulm made it a 6-2 contest at the 12:12 mark of the third period on a Hoffmann shorthanded goal, with Gulden getting the assist.

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