Lang leads Eagles to shutout over Trojans
NEW ULM — In the first period of their game with Worthington, the New Ulm Eagles outshot the Trojans 19-1 and scored four goals.
That trend continued for the next two periods as the Eagles outshot Worthington 45-8 in the game and dismantled the Trojans 7-0 Tuesday night in a Big South Conference boys hockey opener.
Bryer Lang scored two goals, with Brock Wellmann, Ian Brudelie, Austin Uecker, Landon Barstad and Brody Nordby adding goals. Nordby’s goal — coming late in the third period — was his first varsity goal.
Uecker added two helpers, with Casey Koop, Barstad, Brudelie and Lang adding assists.
New Ulm goaltender Bryer Hoffmann stopped all eight shots but three of them were on Trojans breakaways.
For New Ulm head coach Ryan Neuman, it was a nice way to open the 2023-24 season.
“We played well for stretches and Bryer [Hoffmann] saved us in the net a few times with our blunders that we did have,” Neuman said.
But for the most part, it was a game dominated by New Ulm for most of the 51 minutes.
The Eagles, who play at Marshall Thursday, came out on fire in that first period with four goals.
Wellmann got the rout going with a goal at the 7:22 mark — just four seconds after a New Ulm failed Eagles power play.
Lang’s first goal of the night made it 2-0 five minutes later.
An unassisted goal from Ian Brudelie and a Lang power-play goal had New Ulm in control at 4-0.
“Before the game we stressed getting pucks to the net,” Neuman said. “At the beginning we were a little sloppy, but as the period went on we got better.”
Austin Uecker’s unassisted goal in the second period was the Eagles’ only goal in what Neuman agreed was a sloppy 17 minutes by his team.
“It was a boring second period,” he said. “We went through the motions and gave away some breakaways. Our guys got into their offensive set and forgot about the defensive side.”
New Ulm got back on track in the third period with two goals.
Landon Barstad’s one-timer from the high slot on the power play made it 6-0 before Nordby’s goal with less than two minutes left in the game wrapped up the festivities for the Eagles.
It was also a period that saw New Ulm kill a 5-on-3 Worthington power play for just under two minutes.
“Was happy that we killed off that 5-on-3 and we should have had a short-handed goal,” Neuman said. “And any time you get a win it is a good thing.”