The Bulldogs girls hockey team have had a remarkable season with a lot of personal growth and success but came up empty against a tough New Ulm team in the Section 2A quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 16.
New Ulm scored one goal in the first period, while both teams had a scoreless second period. New Ulm then scored its second goal halfway through the third period.
Trailing 2-0, Coach Tom Blaido made the decision to pull goalie Amelia Messer in the game’s final minutes in hopes of getting on the board, but instead, New Ulm scored its third and final goal on an empty net and went on to win 3-0.
The Eagles also outshot the Bulldogs, 45-14, with Messer saving 42 of 44 shots she faced.
Tuesday’s matchup was going to be a tough one from the start. While the Bulldogs had a winning season with an 11-7 regular season record, the New Ulm Eagles were 14-3.
The two teams had faced off against each other twice in the regular season, with the Eagles winning the first matchup 4-2, and the Bulldogs earning a 2-0 win the second time. In fact, that second Bulldogs' win snapped what could have been a 15-game win streak, as the Eagles had won eight straight games prior to that loss and went on to win six more in a row.
In fact, aside from the Bulldogs, Minnehaha United and Dodge County were the only teams to defeat New Ulm in the regular season.
Section 2A Tournament
Following last Tuesday’s win over the Bulldogs, New Ulm went on to defeat Delano Rockford 3-2 in the semifinals.
The Section 2A Championship was held Saturday, March 20, and pitted New Ulm against Mound-Westonka-Watertown. Fifty-one minutes later, Mound-Westonka-Watertown had earned an 8-2 victory to earn the right to play in this year’s state tournament.
The girls' state tournament will be held March 26-27 and on April 1 and 3.