NEW ULM - Last year, as the back-up goalie for the New Ulm girls hockey team, Bailey Landreville didn't get many opportunities to start, so she had to make the best of her opportunities when she did.
This year, Landreville's play has been strong and she's played against some of the tougher competition the
Eagles have faced. On Thursday, Landreville made 26 saves as the Eagles stopped Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 3-1 in nonconference girls hockey.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s Brook Schugel (left) gets past Chiara Ceseracciu of Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato on her way toward the net during the first period Thursday at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Landreville made some big stops, especially in the third period when the Eagles were clinging to a 2-1 lead. She of course credited her defense with helping her out in the tough situations.
"My 'D' was really strong and they were helping me out there," she said. "The wings were taken out of the zone really easily."
"She played well for us," New Ulm coach Angie Zeig said. "Last year, Bailey was more of a back-up goaltender. It was her first year of varsity and not a lot of experience at this level. She really put a lot into it over the summer and really wanted to get one of those starting spots.
"She's really played well for us, as has Julia [Schaefer, New Ulm's other goaltender]," Zeig added. "Both of them are playing very well right now, and for us, it's a really nice problem to have."
The Eagles' defense did a good job of keeping the Dragons from getting too many quality shots. The Eagles and Dragons were even the last time they played earlier this year, so New Ulm knew it would be a playoff-type atmosphere.
"The last time we played them we tied them, so we expected them to come out and be close,"?Landreville said.?
Brook Schugel scored all three goals for the Eagles. She scored two in the first period to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage after one period. After a scoreless second period, Schugel knocked home a rebound to give the Eagles the 3-1 advantage, helping the team relax somewhat.
"She gets herself involved in a lot of plays and she has a good feel for the ice," Zeig said of Schugel. "She's got a good view of the ice and is very patient with the puck. She's not afraid to wait and make that quality pass instead of force something that's not there."
Schugel's breakaway goal opened the scoring in the first period when she got away from the Dragons' defense and put it past goalie Danielle Elam. The goal came with 6:10 left on an assist from Mackenzie Depew.
Less than two minutes later, Schugel again found the net, this time unassisted, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
The Dragons did answer, scoring with 2:18 left in the first period on a goal by Sarah Kivisto.
Neither team had much luck in the second period as the teams combined for only 14 shots on goal.
Landreville made a glove save early in the third period as the Eagles were clinging to the one-goal lead. Schugel later came to the rescue to help the Eagles improve to 12-7-1 overall.
The loss dropped LDC's record to 8-13-2. LDC committed three penalties for a total of nine minutes (a five-minute boarding penalty in the first period) and the Eagles didn't commit a penalty.
New Ulm gets back into action tonight when it travels to New Prague.