The state ranked New Ulm girls' hockey team is 17-4-1 on the season, heading the Eagles' attack is senior forward Ali Beltz.

KEYC News 12 Sports Rob Clark tells us why she’s our KEYC Scheels All Sports Girls Prep Athlete of the Week.

In 22 games this season, Ali Beltz is averaging close to four points per contest with 52 goals and 28 assists.

“I just look for open net, I enjoy being a team player, I like passing the puck, making cool plays, and scoring goals in general,” said Beltz, prep athlete of the week.

“She’s got great vision of the ice, a shot, speed, she’s strong on her stick, strong on her skates, she’s put in an incredible number of goals this year playing at a high level. It’s the highest level I’ve seen her play at all year, and hopefully she continues through the rest of the season,” said Kristin Faber, New Ulm head coach.

Beltz is a five year starter   currently enjoying her best season yet   in a career with more than a hundred goals   and almost 200 points.

“Every year, I just get more confident in myself as a player, you learn so much through the years. I’ve definitely developed a lot of skills that I didn’t have when I started, and I have my teammates, my family and my coaches to thank for that,” said Beltz.

“Ali comes to practice and games with a smile on her face every single day. Whether we’re skating, doing a drill or conditioning, she always seems to enjoy being out here, and seeing the passion she has for the game is huge, and rolls into the success that she’s had,” said Faber.

Once her high school career wraps up, Beltz plans on bringing her energy and talents to UW-River Falls  to play hockey at the next level.

“It was one of my goals, I always wanted to play college hockey, just to know that I am, it’s really exciting,” said Beltz.

Her play-making ability and leadership are why Beltz is our KEYC Scheels All Sports Girls Prep Athlete of the Week.