NEW ULM - Slow starts have been a problem for the New Ulm Eagles boys hockey team this season.
Tuesday night, a lethargic slow first five minutes of the game cost them two goals and it was the difference as Chanhassen slipped by New Ulm 3-2 in non-conference hockey.
Tanner Stolt and Jake Theis scored two first period goals and Riley Meyer added an early second period score.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s Blake Neumann (16) reaches to try to get the puck away from Cal Tentis (26) of Chanhassen during the second period Tuesday at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Brandon Helget and Judd Davis scored goals for New Ulm with Ethan Kraus, Mitch Neid, Lucas Heiderscheidt and Alex Stark adding assists.
Brach Kraus recorded 27 saves for the Eagles.
"We have had problems with slow starts and that was what we talked about after the game," New Ulm coach Erik Setterholm said. "We need to figure out a way to come and play a full 51 minutes. The first five minutes we kind of gave them the game. We out-played them in the third period (out-shooting them 11-3) but it was too late."
Down 2-0 after goals from Stolt and Theis, the Eagles cut the lead to 2-1 late in the opening period.
Helget broke in on Chanhassen goalie Harlin Paradise, deked him to his right and slipped the puck by him with two minutes left in the first period.
Chanhassen quickly got back its momentum early in the second period when Meyer scored on a scramble in front of Kraus for a 3-1 lead.
Down two goals, the Eagles had to also battle, killing three Chanhassen power plays.
That meant for six of the 17 minutes of the period, New Ulm was on the defensive.
"The penalties were for tripping, and that is just not moving your feet," Setterholm said. "That is just a lack of moving your feet. If you are going to reach like that you should be able to put a body on them."
Davis pulled the Eagles to within 3-2 when he fired a wrist shot by Paradise at the 7:57 mark.
New Ulm then had a chance to tie the game late when Chanhassen was a man short for two minutes with 2:37 left in the game.
But the Eagles could not score.
New Ulm now has a big sectional game Thursday at Litchfield.
"It is not a must win but it is close," Setterholm said. "We need the win to remain unbeaten in the section and also to stop a three-game losing streak."