New Ulm skates by Cardinals

NEW ULM – The New Ulm Eagles scored nine unanswered goals as they skated by the Fairmont Area Cardinal boys hockey team 9-1 in South Central Conference action on Thursday in New Ulm.

Judd Davis, Kelton Schmitz and Wyatt Peterson each scored two goals for the Eagles, who netted four goals in the opening frame to stake the early lead.

Davis took an assist from Brandon Helget in for the first goal of the game, before Schmitz scored back-to-back unassisted tallies.

Peterson then scored a shorthanded, unassisted goal to stake New Ulm to the 4-0 lead going into intermission.

The Eagles then came back to fire 23 of their 52 shots on net during the second period to extend their lead.

Despite Cardinal goaltender Colton Cunning turning away 43 of New Ulm’s shots, the Eagles lit the lamp for three more scores in the middle period.

Helget got a helper from Davis on the first goal of the second period, before Jon Kopacek scored with an assist from Ethan Kraus.

Dylan Klein then netted the third with a helper from Lucas Heiderscheidt to make it 7-0.

Davis and Peterson each scored in the third to cap their offensive efforts. Davis scored with an assist from Peterson, before Davis and Helget each helped on Peterson’s goal.

Fairmont Area avoided the shutout though in the third, as senior Trason Arens sent a Brock Johnson assist through the crease to make it a 9-1 game.

The Cardinals fired 12 shots on net in the game, with Eagle goaltender Brach Kraus stopping 11 of them.

Fairmont Area (4-17, 0-5 SCC) plays host to Waseca in a conference game at 7 p.m. today at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.

Fairmont 0-0-1-1

New Ulm 4-3-2-9


1st Period

NU – Judd Davis (Brandon Helget).

NU – Kelton Schmitz (unassited).

NU – Kelton Schmitz (unassisted).

NU – Wyatt Peterson (unassisted), sh.

2nd Period

NU – Brandon Helget (Judd Davis).

NU – Jon Kopacek (Ethan Kraus).

NU – Dylan Klein (Lucas Heiderscheidt).

3rd Period

NU – Judd Davis (Wyatt Peterson).

NU – Wyatt Peterson (Brandon Helget, Judd Davis).

FA – Trason Arens (Brock Johnson).

Shots on goal: New Ulm 19-23-10-52; Fairmont Area 4-4-4-12.

Saves: Colton Cunning (FA) 15-20-8-43; Brach Kraus (NU) 4-4-3-11.

Penalties: New Ulm 6 for 12 minutes; Fairmont Area 5 for 10 minutes.