NEW ULM - It was business as usual for the New Ulm girls hockey team on Tuesday night.
The Eagles advanced to the Section 3A title game once again as they routed Marshall 9-0 at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Freshman Brook Schugel led the Eagles with three goals and an assist as New Ulm improved to 13-11-1 on the season. The Tigers end their season at 9-15-1.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Marshall goalie Morgan Morrill stops a shot from New Ulm’s Erika Ries (10) during the first period Tuesday at the New Ulm Civic Center.
New Ulm will play Luverne at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Section 3A championship game in Redwood Falls. Luverne defeated Fairmont 6-1 in the other Section 3A semifinal game in Luverne.
It seemed to take a while for the Eagles to get going on Tuesday night. But once they did, neither Schugel nor the rest of the team could be stopped.
"We really needed to focus on defense first and once we had that protection in our minds that we were playing good defense, it really helped us start putting them in," Schugel said.
Brittany Denn, another freshman for the Eagles, added two goals and tallied three assists. Lexie Weiss had two goals and an assist and Erika Ries scored a goal and had three assists. Sam Guggisberg also added a goal for New Ulm.
Not to be outdone, the New Ulm defense also did a superb job of limiting the Tigers' number of shots. Marshall finished with just 10 shots on goal, all stopped by freshman goalie Bailey Landreville. The Eagles completed their season sweep of the Tigers, winning all three games by a combined score of 24-0.
"It says a lot about our defense and our goalies," Schugel said. "Our goalies are the main ones who keep us in [the games] and our defense is doing really great this year too. They're unbelievable."
New Ulm outshot the Tigers 37-10 for the game and scored three times in the first period, four times in the second and twice in the third period. The entire third period was played with running time.
Kali Denn and Morgan Schaefer also added assists for the Eagles.
Now the Eagles face the champions of the Southwest Conference for the right to go to state. Luverne enters Thursday's play with a 15-4 record as the No. 2 seed in the section.
Thursday's game will be the fifth straight year the Eagles will battle Luverne for the right to go to state.
"It feels really good to be a program that can make it there, but we can't overlook, we still have to work hard for it, but it just feels good to know that we can do it," Schugel said.