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Eagles win 40th straight conference game

File photo by Jeremy Behnke New Ulm’s Braxten Hoffmann takes a shot during a recent game at New Ulm Civic Center.

NEW ULM — Forty straight Big South Conference wins.

New Ulm jumped to a 3-0 lead after the first period and then scored three goals in a span of 36 seconds in the second period — two of them coming from Taylor Hansen in a span of 21 seconds — as the Eagles blanked Luverne 6-0 Thursday at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Braxten Hoffmann also had two goals with Austin Uecker and Bryer Lang each adding goals.

Hoffmann, Dawson Kraus and Blake Soukup each added two assists with Evan Griebel adding a helper.

New Ulm goaltender Dawson Sellner stopped all 24 Luverne shots in the game as New Ulm improved to 11-0 in the conference and 14-5 overall.

“We did a little bit of changing around in our pregame stuff and it showed on the ice,” New Ulm coach Ryan Neuman said. “We got our guys more focused and we are always going to be up to play Luverne.”

The Eagles last conference loss came in January of 2019 to Luverne.

New Ulm took a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the game when Hoffmann tipped in a rebound for his 18th goal of the season.

Lang upped the lead to 2-0 at the 10:28 mark on an assist from Griebel.

Hoffmann then notched his second goal of the first period at the 15:38 mark with Hansen and Soukup getting the assists.

“Getting that (3-0) lead in the first period was huge,” Neuman said. “We said we need to make our lives easier then being down by a goal to get up early on them we can have a lot of success”

New Ulm then essentially ended the game in the second period in a span of 36 seconds.

Uecker increased the lead to 4-0 at the 5:11 mark.

Fifteen seconds later, Hansen made it 5-0 before Hansen added his second goal 21 seconds later for a 6-0 lead at the 5:47 mark.

“That was a huge 36 seconds,” Neuman said. “Taylor got a couple of nice goals crashing the net on the rebound goal on the one and then on a redirection. Austin just put the puck in on a backhand. We just watched Luverne self-implode in that period.”

New Ulm is at Worthington on Monday.

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