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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Girls and boys hockey take victories

  • It was a day of victory for the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye hockey teams on Dec. 19. Both the boys and the girls teams took on Waseca, where the girls won 6-3 and the boys won 8-1.
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  • It was a day of victory for the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye hockey teams on Dec. 19. Both the boys and the girls teams took on Waseca, where the girls won 6-3 and the boys won 8-1.
     
    For the girls, sophomore Brook Schugel had two goals and one assist to lead the Eagles over the Bluejays. It was an evenly matched first period, as both teams scored two goals. Schugel scored two minutes into the game with assists from Morgan Schaefer and Lexie Weiss to take a quick 1-0 lead. Six minutes later, Waseca responded with an even strength goal of its own. The Bluejay’s momentum didn’t stop there, as they scored another only moments after to take a 2-1 lead. But thanks to junior Erika Ries, NUSE tied the game at 2-2 after Ries scored on a power play. Weiss provided her second goal assist of the night.
     
    Despite the close first period, the second period belonged to the Eagles. NUSE scored four straight goals to take a commanding 6-2 lead. The first two came from a power play, after a body check penalty was called on a Waseca player. Schugel claimed her second goal of the night just 32 seconds into the second period, after a nice pass was made by Schaefer. It was then Vanessa Anderson who scored just 37 seconds later, with the assist going to Brittany Denn. Weiss made her first and only goal of the night five minutes later on even strength. Both Schugel and Miranda McMullen assisted on the play. Finally, Denn scored the final goal of the night for the Eagles. It was an even strength goal with the assist going to sophomore Ellie Dittrich.
     
    The final goal of the game went to Waseca, as the third period turned into a defensive battle. Both teams had opportunities to score on power plays, but New Ulm’s defense was too strong to break.
     
    Eagles goalie Bailey Landreville saved 15 out of 18 total shots. The Eagles offense had 34 shots on goal on the night.
     
    In the boys game, junior Brandon Helget led the team to victory with a hat trick while Jon Kopacek scored two goals of his own. The other three goals were scored from Judd Davis, Ethan Kraus, and Wyatt Peterson. Goalie Brach Kraus stopped all 13 shots made by the Bluejays.
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