NEW ULM - The New Ulm boy's hockey team geared up for the Section 3A hockey tournament by ending the regular season with a 9-1 win against Fairmont on Thursday night at the New Ulm Civic Center.
It was also - for trivia buffs - the final ever South Central Conference boy's hockey game with the formation of the Big South Conference next season.
Judd Davis collected a hat trick to up his season goals to 19 for New Ulm. Kelton Schmitz and Wyatt Peterson each added two goals. Brandon Helget scored his 21st goal while Dylan Klein added a score. Helget also added two assists.
New Ulm goalie Brach Kraus stopped 11-of-12 Fairmont shots.
The Eagles outshot Fairmont 40-12 and dominated the game.
"And this was a game that we should have dominated," said New Ulm coach Erik Setterholm, who saw his team improve to 15-10. "We were on our home ice, we wanted to get after it right away and put them behind the eight ball and we did that in the first period."
New Ulm did that with four goals in the first 17 minutes. Davis' backhander beat Cardinals goalie Colton Cunning before Kelton Schmitz added back-to-back goals less than a minute apart for a 3-0 lead.
Peterson's short-handed score lifted New Ulm to a four-goal lead after the first period
Helget, Klein and Davis added second-period goals for a 7-0 lead after two periods.
"We kind of played slow in the first five minutes of the game but then we came around," Setterholm said. "We played a real good second period - their goaltender made some good saves.
"We got three goals from Judd and Kelton got two. Kelton is the third or fourth line type guy and he got two goals."
Davis got his hat trick in the third period before Peterson got his second for a 9-0 New Ulm lead.
Farmont's lone score came when Fairmont's Trason Arens beat Kraus and then celebrated the lone goal by doing a belly flop on the ice.
'This is kind of a hard game to judge how we played," Setterholm said. "Our first playoff game on Thursday is going to be different game than this. Mistakes that we make then will come back and hurt us. It is what it is - a good win for us."
Setterholm was not happy with the chippyness of the game in the final period.
"I guess they decided that it was 9-1 so they decided to hit us," Setterholm said. "I hope that is not what we have to look forward to in the Big South Conference."
New Ulm wlll find out its seed in the Section 3A tournament on Saturday.