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Girls hockey: Beltz belts Trojans

BY AARON HAGEN The Globe WORTHINGTON -- Ali Beltz added five goals to her state-leading total to lead New Ulm to an 8-0 victory over Worthington in a girls hockey game Tuesday. "I will say the girls skated very hard," WHS head coach Chad Nickel said.

BY AARON HAGEN

The Globe

WORTHINGTON -- Ali Beltz added five goals to her state-leading total to lead New Ulm to an 8-0 victory over Worthington in a girls hockey game Tuesday.

“I will say the girls skated very hard,” WHS head coach Chad Nickel said. “I was impressed with how they handled the first period and the majority of the second period. The girls stayed with it. I think we ran out of steam. They have two solid lines.”

Beltz, who leads the state in both scoring and points, scored five times and had two assists for the Eagles. Dani Weiss scored twice and Ashtyn Wiltscheck had a goal in the game. Ally Steffensmeier finished with three assists and McKenna Strong had two.

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The game was scoreless 10 minutes into the first period, but in a span of 20 seconds, New Ulm went ahead 2-0. The Eagles’ third goal came with just 14.5 seconds remaining in the period.

“I was bummed that they got that third one in there,” Nickel said. “I was hoping for two going into the second. But, what do you do?”

New Ulm added five in the second period, but were shutout in the third.

“We’re improving,” Nickel said. “We’re a young team. We just have to continue. I think other teams are starting to see that. We’re climbing. We’re improving. It’s just the years of progression as the age comes up.”

In a game that had zero penalties, the Eagles finished with 44 shots on goal in the game, while Worthington had three.

“If we can’t put the shots on goal, it’s tough to get goals,” Nickel said. “That’s what I tell our girls. The first line of business is to put shots on goal. Eventually they are going to give them up.”

The Trojans are home on Saturday against Minnesota River.

New Ulm 3 5 0 -- 8Worthington 0 0 0 -- 0

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