FAIRMONT - The New Ulm girls hockey team didn't take long to get on the scoreboard, netting their first goal just 54 seconds into the game.
The Eagles scored often throughout the game to claim the 13-5 South Central Conference victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Tuesday at Martin County Arena.
"New Ulm is a good team, we knew that coming into the game tonight. They can score quickly and often and their first period really set the tempo for the rest of the game," said Fairmont Area head coach Scott Kuhl.
LINED?UP — Fairmont Area’s Tieryn Arens (left), New Ulm’s Morgan Schaefer (middle) and Fairmont Area’s Erin Rahm (right) skate out of the Cardinals’ defensive zone during South Central Conference hockey action Tuesday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
The Eagles scored four goals in the opening seven minutes, and added another two goals in the final three minutes of the opening period to stake a 6-1 lead.
Taylor Nuss generated the Cardinals lone goal at the 8:57 mark of the first to avoid being shut out early.
With an Eagle power play near the midway point, Jalyssa Wilson carried the puck into New Ulm's zone and fired a shot towards the net.
Eagles goaltender Julia Schaefer blocked the shot, but the rebound caromed into the slot where a crashing Nuss flipped a shot over Schaefer's shoulder for shorthanded tally.
Cardinal netminder Sadie Sandersfleld blocked 11 of the Eagles 17 first period shots on net, including a point blank blast off the stick of Brittany Denn.
Wilson then fired up the Cardinal bench with an early goal in the middle period.
Kelsy Junkermeier picked up the puck behind the Eagles net and snapped a centering pass out in front to Wilson who ripped a shot top shelf for the score just one minute and 27 seconds into the period.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, New Ulm got a pair of goals to keep their multiple-goal lead in tact.
Sam Guggisberg scored one a one-timer pass from Brittany Denn at the 10:06 mark.
Then a little over two and a half minutes later Erika Ries found the back of the net, zipping a Miranda McMullen pass past Fairmont Area goaltender Emily O'Connor for the goal.
"After the first period I had the thought that I might pull Sadie from the net if they scored again," said Kuhl. "She was doing a good job, but I just didn't want to see her continue to get beat up in the net and thought we could give Emily a shot."
The Cardinals were able to bookend the Eagles second period goals with another lamp lighter.
Defensemen Tieryn Arens blasted a shot from the point that bounced off an Eagle defenders skate, Brooke Lemon caught the rebound and fired a pass back to Arens at the point.
Arens' second shot found its way past the New Ulm defense and into the net for a power play goal at the 5:47 mark.
"I was really proud of the way that we fought back the whole game. They scored quick on us in the first period, but if there is anything that we can take away from this game I don't think that another team has scored five goals on them all season," said Kuhl.
The Eagles were able to find the net a handful of times in the third to extend their lead, but the Cardinals scored a pair to keep it interesting.
Wilson carried the puck into the Eagles' zone early in the third, and threw a shot on goal that found the twine to make it 9-4 early on.
In the final minutes of the game Logyn Cone sent a shot into the net for Fairmont Area's fifth goal.
Myah Lytle fired a shot toward the New Ulm goal, where Katie Hohensee waited for the rebound and attempted a shot. Cone then came in for the second rebound and flipped it over Schaefer's shoulder for the score.
"In the second period we played them even," said Kuhl. "I thought that was huge. We were getting good shots and good scoring chances, and held them to two goals. I think those are some things we can take into our next game."
Fairmont Area (3-3, 0-1 SCC) plays host to St. Peter/Le Sueur-Henderson in a 7 p.m. conference game on Thursday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.
New Ulm (8-0, 1-0 SCC) travels to play Dodge County at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Kasson.
New Ulm 6 2 5 - 13
Fairmont 1 2 2 - 5
NU - Brook Schugel (Lexie Weiss), 16:06.
NU - Morgan Schaefer (Brook Schugel), 13:51.
NU - Brittany Denn (Miranda McMullen), 11:28.
NU - Lexie Weiss (Erika Ries), 11:06.
FA - Taylor Nuss (Jalyssa Wilson), shorthanded, 8:57.
NU - Brook Schugel (Kali Denn, Morgan Schaefer), 2:49.
NU - Vanessa Anderson (Brittany Denn), 2:15.
FA - Jalyssa Wilson (Kelsy Junkermeier), 15:33.
NU - Sam Guggisberg (Brittany Denn), 10:06.
NU - Erika Ries (Miranda McMullen), 7:26.
FA - Tieryn Arens (Brooke Lemon), power play, 5:47.
NU - Lexie Weiss (Mackenzie Depew), 16:39.
FA - Jalyssa Wilson (unassisted), 16:17.
NU - Brittany Denn (Erika Ries), 15:16.
NU - Kali Denn (Brook Schugel), 14:53.
NU - Morgan Scaefer (Lexie Weiss), 10:55.
NU - Lexie Weiss (unassisted), 9:40.
FA - Logyn Cone (Myah Lytle, Katie Hohensee), 1:10.
Shots on goal: New Ulm 17-8-12-38; Fairmont Area 4-14-5-23.
Saves: Julia Schaefer (NU) 3-12-2-17; Sadie Sandersfeld (FA) 11-5-x-16; Emily O'Connor (FA) x-1-8-9.
Penalties: New Ulm 4 for 8 minutes; Fairmont Area 1 for 2 minutes.
St. Peter/Le Sueur-Henderson 6, Fairmont Area 0 - Sam Wenner scored two goals, including one on the man advantage to help lead the Bulldogs to a 6-0 South Central Conference victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday in St. Peter.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Ryan Hoehn goal with an assist to Alex Hoehn.
In the second the Bulldogs rallied off four goals to stake the 5-0 lead.
Jackson Keeley started it off with a goal, before Brett Zallek and C.J. Pavlo netted a pair of shots in the opening 10 minutes.
Wenner then scored the final goal of the game on a power play in the third period to take the 6-0 victory.
Cardinal goalie, Colton Cunning, stopped 43 of the Bulldogs 49 shots on net, while Fairmont Area fired 16 shots in the game.
Fairmont Area (0-1, 0-1 SCC) travels for a 7 p.m. game Thursday in Waseca.