NEW ULM - There are some losses in a season that a coach will consider a good loss.
The New Ulm boys hockey team fell behind Delano 4-1 after two periods before seeing a third period rally fall short in a 5-3 loss to the 13th-ranked team in Class A.
Lucas Heiderscheidt, Wyatt Peterson and Colin Huffman scored the New Ulm goals with Brandon Helget, Mitch Neid, Blake Neumann and Huffman adding assists.
Brach Kraus stopped 44 of 49 Tiger shots.
Eric Ylitalo recorded a hat trick for Delano. Brett Nordling recorded 22 saves in a winning effort.
"I was pretty proud of the team," New Ulm coach Erik Setterholm said. "They came out and played for 51 minutes today."
The Eagles, now 3-2-1 overall, fell behind 2-0 after the first period when Justin Oja and Eric Ylitalo scored goals.
The Eagles, who host Fairmont Tuesday night in a South Central Conference match-up, sliced the lead to 2-1 early in the second period.
With Delano's Brady Miller in the penalty box for roughing, Heiderscheidt got the Eagles on the board when he rifled a slap shot by Nordling at the 2:05 mark.
But any momentum that New Ulm may have gained off of the Heiderscheidt goal was stopped when the Tigers' Hunter Hart's wrist shot bounced off of the crossbar behind Kraus and dropped behind the Eagle netminder for a goal less than a minute later.
Delano increased that lead to 4-1 at the 6:01 mark when Ylitalo scored on a rebound.
"They are a good team; Setterholm said. "They are ranked 13th in Let's Play Hockey for a reason."
Peterson's goal in the third period gave the Eagles some life as it pulled New Ulm to within 4-2.
However, the Tigers responded when Ylitalo got his hat trick at the 4:47 mark to put Delano up 5-2.
With more than five minutes left in the game, Huffman broke in alone on Nordling and was able to sneak the puck by Nordling to cut the lead to 5-3 with 5:08 left in the game.
The Eagles then got a one-man advantage for five minutes when Delano's Mike Krueger was penalized five minutes for boarding.
The Eagles were unable to capitalize on the five-minute power play.
"We had a skate break and we could not get the pressure on the net that we wanted to," Setterholm said about the five minute advantage.