Fresh off its first state tournament appearance in school history, the Bulldogs boys ice hockey team could’ve shuddered in the face of an 0-5 start.

Instead, it continued to improve and move forward, knowing that many of its players were stepping into larger roles after last year’s team was hit hard by graduation.

Two Big South Conference victories last week left the Bulldogs above .500 for the first time, as the team improved to 9-8 overall and 7-3 in Big South play.

Charlie Weick had two goals and an assist, and Reece Weydert, Brendan O’Keefe and Tristen O’Brien also scored in a 5-0 victory over Windom on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Le Sueur Community Center.

The Bulldogs outshot Windom 39-21, and scored four goals in the final six minutes to blow open a tight game. Logan Moe stopped all 21 shots he faced.

Jake Rimstad, Shawn Lehtinen and Brooks Reicks each had two assists.

The Bulldogs dominated Fairmont (1-10, 3-14) from the start in their 5-1 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 14.  Minnesota River owned a 42-11 shot advantage. Mitch Kotek stopped 10 of 11 shots.

Matt Fink, Weick, Lehtinen, Brady Sowder, and Reicks scored for the Bulldogs. Lehtinen also added a pair of assists.

On Tuesday night, Jan. 21, New Ulm (9-1, 11-4-1) visited the Le Sueur Community Center, and the Bulldogs travel to Redwood Valley (1-9, 2-13) for a 7:15 p.m. faceoff on Friday night, Jan. 24.

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