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Schiro lifts Eagles by Luverne in OT

NEW ULM — If the outcome of the game of hockey was determined by shots on goal, the New Ulm boys’ hockey team would have had an easy win Thursday night in their Big South Conference matchup against Luverne.

Sometimes a hot goaltender can make that stat a moot point.

Keagan Schiro’s goal in overtime — on New Ulm’s 60th shot of the game — lifted the Eagles to a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

New Ulm outshot Luverne 60-28 in the game.

Luke Geiger, A. J. Arneson and Braxten Hoffmann scored goals for the Eagles, who improved to 10-0 in the Big South Conference and 10-2 overall.

Jack Albrecht, Blake Soukup, Kyden Wenisch, Noah Wilmes and Kadon Strong each had an assist.

New Ulm goaltender Kyle Esser stopped 25 of 28 shots.

The loss dropped Luverne to 4-6 in the conference and 4-8 overall.

The Eagles, who travel to Luverne on Tuesday, took a 1-0 lead at the 4:06 mark when Geiger beat Cardinals’ goalie Shaid Shearer for his third goal of the season.

New Ulm carried that lead into the second period, where Cade Wenninger tied the game at 3:49 mark of the second period, beating Esser on his glove side.

The Cardinals then took a 2-1 lead just under six minutes later when Brock Benrend got behind the Eagles’ defensemen and beat Esser at the 9:08 mark.

New Ulm did knot the game at 2-2 at the 11:29 mark on A.J. Arneson’s sixth goal of the season.

The Cardinals took a 3-2 lead at the 2:01 mark when, for the second time in the game, a Luverne player got behind the Eagles’ defense when Henry Harquist got the puck by Esser.

But a minute and 15 seconds later, Braxten Hoffmann fired a one-timer by Shearer from the high slot, tying the game at 3-3 and sending it into bonus hockey, where Schiro ended it.

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