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New Ulm slips past Luverne

By Alec Kinsky, MN Hockey Hub staff, 03/02/12, 8:46AM CST

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Crucial third-period penalty kill allows Eagles to make third straight state tourney trip

New Ulm sophomore Judd Davis scored the winning goal with 6 minutes, 28 seconds left in the second period, and the top-seeded Eagles killed a 5-minute major penalty in the third as they earned their third straight trip to the state Class 1A tournament by beating No. 3 seed Luverne 2-1 in the Section 3A championship game on Friday, March 2, at Don Roberts Arena on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter.
 
Brody Peterson’s power-play goal in the first period gave New Ulm (17-11-0) the early lead. 
 
Luverne (21-5-2) tied it at 1 on a goal by Cody Christensen midway through the second period.
 
New Ulm’s Brach Kraus stopped 12 of 13 shots to earn the victory. Luverne goaltender Kendall Meyer made 19 saves.

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The Eagles forward had a hand in both goals, highlighted by his stellar centering feed to Judd Davis to break a 1-1 tie. Schreckenberg was active throughout, causing havoc in the offensive zone.
 
Peterson opened the scoring for New Ulm, breaking a scoreless tie with a nifty goal in the first. He consistently was a factor on offense, totaling five shots.
 
Kraus was a pleasure to watch, turning back every shot except one. He ramped up his effort in the third, diving and sprawling to make two game-saving stops.

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