NEW?ULM - Blake Neumann produced four goals and one assist to lead the New Ulm Eagles to a 9-3 South Central Conference hockey victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Tuesday night in New Ulm.
The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to Neumann's first goal, a Cole Dulas netter and Brandon Helget's lamp-lighter.
Fairmont Area's Greg Claeys responded with a goal at 9:49 in the opening period.
New Ulm added three more goals in the first off the sticks of Ethan Kraus, Neumann and Lucas Heiderscheidt for a 6-1 lead.
The Cardinals' defense held the Eagles to just 13 shots in the second, with Colton Cunning stopping all but Ethan Kraus' goal at 2:03.
Cunning's netminding skills gave the Cardinals a chance to create their own offense, with Grant Becker scoring on assists from Matt Lytle and Claeys at 6:54 before Claeys netted his second goal at 10:17 off assists from Joe Nordquist and Becker.
That was all the offense the Cardinals could muster, however, as the Eagles shut them out in the third, while Neumann scored his final two goals to seal the 9-3 victory.
Cunning stopped 32 of New Ulm's 41 shots on goal, while New Ulm netminder Brach Kraus stopped nine of the Cardinals' 12 shots.
Fairmont Area (1-4, 1-1 SCC) travels to Windom on Thursday.
NU - Blake Neumann (Chad Ludewig, Brach Kraus), 5:26.
NU - Cole Dulas (Chad Ludewig), 6:58.
NU - Brandon Helget (Wyatt Peterson, Blake Neumann), 8:25.
FA - Greg Claeys (unassisted), 9:49.
NU - Ethan Kraus (Alex Stark), 10:04.
NU - Blake Neumann (Wyatt Peterson, Jon Kopacek), 15:07.
NU - Lucas Heiderscheidt (unassisted), 16:22.
NU - Ethan Kraus (Wyatt Peterson, Brandon Helget), 2:03.
FA - Grant Becker (Matt Lytle, Greg Claeys), 6:54.
FA - Greg Claeys (Joe Nordquist, Grant Becker), 10:17.
NU - Blake Neumann (unassisted), 3:28.
NU - Blake Neumann (Wyatt Peterson), 3:46.
Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 12; New Ulm 41.
Saves: Colton Cunning (FA) 32; Brach Kraus (NU) 9.
Penalties: Fairmont Area 6 for 12 minutes; New Ulm 3 for 6 minutes.