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Early lead lifts New Ulm girls

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Julia Helget gets a scoring chance as she moves in on United goalie Allison Audette durng the first period Tuesday at the New Ulm Civic Center.

By Jim Bastian

Journal Sports Writer

NEW ULM — It was a good first period for the New Ulm Eagles girls’ hockey team.

New Ulm outshot Minnehaha United 13-3 in the first 17 minutes and grabbed a 1-0 lead on a Brooke Arneson goal when she rebounded a Maddi O’Connor shot by Minnehaha Academy goalie Alison Audette at the 2:44 mark.

But after that is was all Minnehaha Academy.

MA outshot New Ulm 14-4 in the second period, scoring four goals as they went on to down New Ulm 4-1 Tuesday in a nonconference game.

For the game, Minnehaha outshot the Eagles 26-23.

New Ulm goalie Ava Brennan recorded 23 saves.

New Ulm dominated in that first period with that 10-shot advantage but the roles were reversed in the last two periods as the Eagles were held in check for the last two periods.

Minnehaha’s Mary Lynn knotted the game in the second period before Ava Wassermann’s shot went off of the pipe and past Brennan.

Lucie Bond’s shot through the five-hole upped the lead to 3-1 before Wassermann collected her second goal of the game with 18 seconds left in the period for a 4-1 lead.

The Eagles open Big South Conference play at 7 p.m. on Friday at the New Ulm Civic Center when they host Marshall.

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