The busy schedule for the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye girls hockey team isn’t phasing the Eagles one bit, as they have out-scored their opponents 47-4, boasting a 5-0 record.

The busy schedule for the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye girls hockey team isn’t phasing the Eagles one bit, as they have out-scored their opponents 47-4, boasting a 5-0 record.

 

On Nov. 13, NUSE hosted Mankato West where the Eagles won 7-0. NUSE dominated the ice, controlling the puck for the majority of the game as the Eagle defense thwarted any chances of opportunity for the Scarlets. Mankato West only had 10 total shots on goal in the game, with junior Bailey Landreville saving all of them at the net.

 

Meanwhile, NUSE recorded 48 shots on the night, with junior Brittany Denn leading the team with two goals. Junior Sam Guggisberg scored the first in the game thanks to a power play, while senior Erika Ries scored the second off of an assist from Denn. The score was brought to 3-0 when Denn scored off of an assist from Ries to end the first period. Freshmen Ali Beltz and Dani Weiss each added a goal later in the game, as well as junior Brook Schugel.

 

On Nov. 15, the Eagles traveled to Faribault where they won 5-1. Denn once again led the team with two goals, while E. Ries, Guggisberg, and sophomore Mackenzie each added goals. Freshman Karlie Ries led as goalie, saving 18 on the night.

 

On Nov. 17, NUSE hosted Luverne, a team the Eagles barely defeated by a margin of 2-1 in the Section Championship game last year. This match-up was much different however, as NUSE won in a 9-2 blowout.

 

It was the third time in four straight games with running clock time in the third period as the Eagles recorded four goals in the first period and three more in the second for a 7-1 lead. Schugel recorded a hat trick in the game, and scored the first goal of the game off of a back hand shot. Guggisberg recorded the second goal of the night, while Denn made it 3-0 at the 5:56 mark with a rebound. Schugel scored the fourth goal in the period. as NUSE out-shot the Cardinals 13-2 in the first.

 

E. Ries scored her first of the night in the second period to make it 7-1, while Lauren Klein and E. Ries scored the final two of the night in the third. K. Ries saved 14 of 16 shots on the night, while the Eagles recorded a total of 40 shots offensively.

 

On Nov. 18, the girls were on the road once again, taking on the team of Worthington/Fulda where they won big in a 16-0 shutout.

 

It wasn’t even a challenge for the NUSE team, who put in nine goals in the first period alone. Both Denn and Schugel recorded hat tricks with four goals apiece, with Ries and Shayla Shropshire each adding two. The Eagles out-shot Worthington 63-11 in the one-sided match-up. Landreville saved all 11 shots for New Ulm.

 

NUSE will have one more game on Nov. 20 before getting a 12-day Thanksgiving break, which Head Coach Kristin Faber said is much-needed.

 

“It’s rough, I’ll be honest,” said Faber on starting the season with six games in nine days. “I can tell the girls are getting tired. It’s good on the conditioning side of it but it’s kind of early on the year to be emptying the tanks this much.”