NEW ULM — Eli Hoffman scored two goals and Caleb Bendell added a short-handed goal in the third period as the Southwest Christian Stars downed New Ulm 3-1 Saturday afternoon in a nonconference boys hockey game at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Talan Helget scored the lone New Ulm goal with 16 seconds left in the game off an assist from Jack Albrecht.
New Ulm goaltender Bryer Hoffmann stopped 20 of 23 Stars shots. The Eagles outshot Southwest Christian 44-23 in the game but could not solve Stars goaltender James Kamp until late in the game.
New Ulm head coach Ryan Neuman said that despite an aggressive start, the Eagles couldn’t find the back of the net.
“Then we went on a lull — we had to kill off a five-minute major (penalty),” Neuman said. “But as the game went on, we were getting pucks to the net and doing some good things.
“But they were beating us to some pucks and our guys were getting caught up and were too worried about them hitting us instead of us playing our game.”
Eli Hoffman gave the Stars (9-4-4) a 1-0 lead at the 15:56 mark of the first period.
After a scoreless second period that saw the Eagles outshoot the Stars 13-9 for a 28-19 advantage after two periods, Eli Hoffman beat Bryer Hoffman for the second time for a 2-0 lead at the 4:12 mark of the third period.
“We had some point-blank shots on [Kamp], but some were from the outside,” Neuman said. “They did a good job of collapsing and taking that stuff away from us. [Kamp] did a good job of making the first save and eating up the rebound or knocking the net off.”
The Eagles had a pulse late in the third period when they went on a power play with 3:29 left in the game.
But Bendell ended any hope with a short-handed goal at the 14:56 mark for a 3-0 lead.
“They dumped it down and we got out-worked and that is something that can’t happen,” Neuman said. “Especially in a two-goal game and you are on the power play, we cannot afford to get beat to a puck or outmuscled in the corner and give up a goal like that.”
Despite surredering three goals, Neuman complimented his goalie after the game.
“All three of their goals, Bryer was left out to dry and not one was his fault,” Neuman said. “He played a good game.”
New Ulm, (13-2-1,11-0) hosts Windom at 7 p.m. Monday at the New Ulm Civic Center in a Big South Conference game.