The New Ulm/Sleepy Eye boys hockey team won one and lost one on Dec. 5-6 at the New Ulm Civic Center.

The New Ulm/Sleepy Eye boys hockey team won one and lost one on Dec. 5-6 at the New Ulm Civic Center.

On Dec. 5, the Eagles hosted Marshall, where NUSE defeated the defending section champions 4-1. Clearly the Tigers aren’t as powerful as they were last year, because the Eagles controlled the puck for most of the game and had nine more shots on goal.

Although it was quick paced, it was a very clean game as only two total penalties were made during the game. Because of this, all five goals were scored on even strength. The Eagles took control early in the first period with a goal from junior Wyatt Peterson. Peterson used his speed to fly past multiple defenders and was able to make the first goal. Junior Brandon Helget assisted on the goal.

The second period was the most successful one, as NUSE scored three more goals to take a 4-0 lead going into the third period. All three goals came from the puck rebounding off the Marshall goalie and then being hit in. The even-strength goals came from sophomore Dylan Klein who scored on his own, Ethan Kraus, assisted by Jon Kopacek, and Kelton Schmitz, who was assisted by Helget.

The Tigers got their lone goal at the 2:50 mark in the third period, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles took their first win of the season.

On Dec. 6, NUSE hosted St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson where the Bulldogs claimed a 5-3 victory.

Things were looking good for the Eagles early in the first period after they took a 1-0 lead with a goal from junior Alex Stark. But soon after, the Bulldogs scored two goals within only a matter of minutes to take the lead along with the momentum. The Bulldogs scored all five of their goals in a row, a few of them coming from power plays.

NUSE Coach Erik Setterholm said the penalties really hurt his team in the loss.

“Three power play goals, two breakaways, it’s hard to overcome something like that,” Setterholm said.

Despite the 5-1 lead, the Eagles never gave up as Helget scored a goal just 16 seconds into the third period to shorten the deficit. Kopacek followed suit with a goal of his own which brought the score to 5-3. But the remaining shots on goal were saved by the strong St. Peter goalie and NUSE fell victim to its second loss of the season.

Both NUSE and Waseca trail St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson in the South Central Conference. The Bulldogs are 4-1-0 while the Eagles are 1-2-0.