Eagle boys defeat New Prague
NEW ULM — Five different New Ulm players scored as New Ulm downed New Prague 5-3 Thursday night in a nonconference boys’ hockey game.
Austin Uecker, Evan Griebel, Jack Albrecht, Taylor Hansen and Blake Soukup found the back of the Trojans net in the game.
Dawson Kraus and Braxten Hoffmann each had two assists with Bryer Lang, Ben Hohensee, Uecker and Albrecht adding helpers.
New Ulm netminder Dawson Sellner stopped 29 of 32 shots with the last two Trojans’ goals coming late in the game when they pulled their goaltender down 5-1.
“We played well tonight,” New Ulm coach Ryan Neuman said. “We did not want to give up those couple of goals at the end of the game. But overall we were very excited to see our first period — we have been struggling with that — so to get up 2-0 in the first was huge. We had only been outscoring opponents 13-11 in that first period this year.”
Uecker got the Eagles’ express going at the 14:20 mark when he collected his 13th goal of the season on a backhander.
Griebel made it 2-0 off assists from Uecker and Kraus at the 16:30 mark.
Albrecht’s eighth goal of the season on a New Ulm power-play made it 3-0 at the 7:01 mark before New Prague cut the lead to 3-1.
But 28 seconds after the Trojans got some momentum going, Hansen notched his seventh goal of the year for a 4-1 lead.
“That goal was huge and it was something that we had talked about before the game,” Neuman said. “Anytime you play a team like New Prague the best thing you can do is answer so when they scored, we got one right back. Good hockey teams respond and that is what we did.”
The Eagles (12-4), who play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Christian, made it a 5-1 game on a power-play score from Soukup for his seventh goal of the season.
“They (Southwest Christian) have been bounced around in the Top 20, so if we can get a win there it will build our confidence,” Neuman said.