By Bill LaTour
After a good week of practice, the Mound Westonka boys pucksters were raring and ready to take the ice against the New Ulm Eagles in their home opener Dec. 2. The White Hawks skated hard, peppered the Eagles goaltender with shots from every angle and dominated every facet of the game – from the opening faceoff until the final buzzer – en route to an easy 5-1 victory.
The shots on goal (SOG) tell the story. The White Hawks outshot the Eagles by a margin of over 4 to 1! The high-flying offense, managing 54 SOG and producing five goals by five different players, was only outdone by the staunch defense that allowed only 12 shots on the White Hawks goalie the entire game. Conversely, the White Hawks managed more than 12 SOG in each of the game’s three periods.
Perhaps nothing showcases the dominating performance more than the 4:51 minutes the White Hawks were skating shorthanded due to a major penalty at the start of the third period. During this stretch, the White Hawks surrendered one shot on goal while maintaining offensive zone time for over four minutes and producing 10 SOG. It looked more like a White Hawks power play than the other way around.
- White Hawk goals by juniors Carter Hansen and Ethan Fetters Vandenheuvel, and seniors Brady Aufderheide, Torsten Lee and Michael Lindell
- White Hawks outshot the Eagles 54-12
- Junior goalie Noah Coley saved 11 of 12 shots on goal
The White Hawks JV team continues to impress with their third straight victory of this young season.
Coaches Corner with Jake Hindermann:
I thought we played tough, hard-nosed hockey against the New Ulm Eagles. We made it very tough for them to move pucks forward. We wanted to get pucks behind their defensemen and establish our forecheck. We were menacing and wore their defensemen down. It was a physical contest, and our patience and structure to how we play the game was key in our success Saturday!