Matt Fink of Belle Plaine found the net in the first period in the Bulldogs’ 7-1 victory

Matt Fink of Belle Plaine found the net in the first period in the Bulldogs’ 7-1 victory over Austin on Tuesday, Jan. 7. (Photo by Rachel Miller)

Loss to New Ulm

The New Ulm Eagles put a tighter grasp on its status as the Big South leader with an 8-1 victory over visiting Minnesota River on Saturday, Jan. 11, in New Ulm.

Brendon O’Keefe scored at 13:35 of the first period for the Bulldogs (5-3 Big South, 7-8 overall) to make it 2-1 for New Ulm.

But the Eagles (8-1, 10-4-1) scored a second period tally, then five in the third period, including four in the final five minutes.

The Eagles outshot Minnesota River 12-3 in the third period and 35-20 for the game.

Logan Moe made 27 saves for the Bulldogs.

Win Over Waseca

Tristen O’Brien, Jake Rimstad and Charlie Weick scored third period goals in a 4-3 victory at Waseca on Thursday night, Jan. 9. The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 before Shawn Lehtinen’s second period goal.

Weick had two assists, and Rimstad, O’Brien, Lehtinen, Aiden Blaschko, and Brady Sowder had assists.

The Bulldogs were outshot 28-26, and Mitch Kotek earned the win in the net with 23 saves.

Bulldogs Trounce Austin

The Bulldogs used a big first period to take an early 4-1 lead over Austin on Tuesday, Jan. 7, en route to a 7-1 victory. Lehtinen, Sowder, Weick and Matt Fink all added first period tallies.

Nick Dunlap scored Austin’s lone goal in the last 30 seconds of the first period.

The rest of the game was all Minnesota River, as Sowder and Weick scored again in the second period, and Lehtinen scored the Bulldogs’ final goal in the third.

Lehtinen and Sowder also had three assists, and Weick had two assists.

Logan Moe stopped 22 of 23 shots. The Bulldogs outshot Austin, 41-23.

Looking Ahead

Minnesota River will welcome Windom to the Le Sueur Community Center on Thursday, Jan. 16, for a 7:30 p.m. start before a trip to Worthington on Saturday, Jan. 18, for a 4 p.m. face off.

A rematch with Big South leader New Ulm is scheduled for next Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Le Sueur Community Center.

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