You don’t usually use words like “dull” and “boring” and “sluggish” to describe a hockey game, but unfortunately they are appropriate for the action, or lack thereof, on the home ice as the New Ulm Eagles took on the Holy Family/Waconia Wildfire last Thursday. A fan in the sparse, quiet crowd remarked, “They sure seem to be playing slow.” Maybe it was the fact that the Eagles had already clinched the South Central Conference crown and this non-conference game had no meaning in the standings, or maybe it was just an off night. In any event, the Wildfire prevailed 1-3 in the contest. It was a clean game with only two penalties whistled in all three periods. New Ulm had the power play on both occasions, but could not take advantage of the opportunities. Holy Family/Waconia took a 2-0 lead in the first period. New Ulm scored their only goal in the second period when Sleepy Eye’s Lexi Weiss got the puck behind the Wildfire net on a pass from Ellie Dittrich and stuffed it into the corner of the goal behind the goalie, Carly Bergstrom. Holy Family/Waconia scored an empty-net goal at the end of the game when the Eagles pulled their goalie in an attempt to tie the game. New Ulm managed only 15 shots on goal. Carly Bergstrom got the win in goal for the Wildfire and Julia Schaefer took the loss for New Ulm.