NEW ULM - New Ulm's Brook Schugel scored a goal just 10 seconds into the game against South Central Conference rival Waseca on Friday night, giving the Eagles an early lead.
That goal was the only time the Eagles scored. For the next 50 minutes, 50 seconds, New Ulm was unable to find the back of the net and the Bluejays did so three times as Waseca defeated New Ulm 3-1 in South Central Conference girls hockey action at the New Ulm Civic Center.
The Waseca win means the Bluejays and Eagles will share the SCC title with identical 5-1 records. It was the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Eagles lost a conference game.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s Erika Ries launches a shot on goal after getting past a Waseca defender during the second period of the Eagles’ loss Friday at the New Ulm Civic Center.
"That goal 10 seconds in I think really threw us off," New Ulm coach Angie Zeig said.?"It's not something we're used to doing. Against this team, you're not going to do that very often, we got them right back on their heals and then they came out and played real well.
"It's been five years since we've lost to this team, so we knew coming up that it was [a loss] eventually going to happen," Zeig said. "They do have a pretty good group of seniors and we knew they've really been building the last couple of years. We're still pretty young, we've only got two seniors and we just had a rough last couple of weeks, we've been playing some high-quality teams."
On Wednesday, the Eagles were announced as the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Section 3A playoffs, meaning they'll get a bye and a home game in the second round.
On Friday, it looked like the Eagles had plenty of energy early on as Schugel scored a goal on an assist from Morgan Schaefer and Lexie Weiss.
The Eagles held the lead until the second period when Waseca's Taryn Juberian netted the equalizer with 14:46 left in the period. Waseca then grabbed the lead on a shot from just inside mid-ice by Katelyn Miller. Miller's shot bounced off the stick of New Ulm goalie Julia Schaefer and the puck flipped past her to give the Bluejays a 2-1 lead.
Waseca added a power play goal by Alicia Knoll in the third period and improved its record to 14-8 on the season.
Schaefer had 22 saves for New Ulm.
New Ulm (12-10-1) is at Henry Sibley Tuesday before hosting the winner of No. 4 Windom and No. 5 Marshall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.