Girls hockey: Cardinals fall to New Ulm
WILLMAR — Alex Sobieck’s second goal tied the game early in the third period, but New Ulm rattled off three goals in less than five minutes and defeated Willmar 6-3 on Tuesday at the Willmar Civic Center.
The Cardinals dropped to 0-2. They play next against Totino-Grace at 3 p.m. Saturday in Willmar.
On Tuesday, New Ulm’s Erika Ries and Brook Schugel sandwiched goals around Sobieck’s first tally to take a 2-1 lead after one period.
Willmar goalie Johnika Wodash and New Ulm netminder Julia Schaefer shut down the offenses in the second period, and Sobieck’s unassisted goal at 1:42 of the third tied the game.
But New Ulm’s Lexie Weiss put her team back on top with a goal just 18 seconds later and teammates Brittany Denn and Morgan Schaefer piled on, scoring at 5:19 and 6:45 of the third.
Willmar’s Riley Schneider, who assisted on Sobieck’s first period goal, scored unassisted at 9:59 of the third but the Cardinals couldn’t gain any more traction against Julia Schaefer and the Eagles’ defense.
Schugel added an empty-net goal at 15:37 to close out the scoring.
The Cardinals outshot the Eagles 19-18 through two periods but New Ulm doubled up on the Cards in the third, launching 14 shots on Wodash.
New Ulm 6, Willmar 3
New Ulm (2-0) 2 0 4 — 6
Willmar (0-2) 1 0 2 — 3
FIRST PERIOD – N: Erika Ries (Brittany Denn, Sam Guggisberg) 6:15 … W: Alex Sobieck (Riley Schneider) 7:29 … N: Brook Schugel (Mordan Schaefer) 8:06
SECOND PERIOD – No scoring
THIRD PERIOD – W: Sobieck 1:42 … N: Lexie Weiss (Miranda McMullen, Schaefer) 2:00 … N: Denn (Lauren Klein) 5:19 … N: Schaefer (McMullen, Schugel) 6:45 … W: Schneider 9:59 … N: Schugel (Lexie Weiss) 15:37
GOALIE SAVES – New Ulm: Julia Schaefer 23 … Willmar: Johnika Wodash 27