Boys hockey: Worthington falls short in overtime
FAIRMONT — Fairmont sophomore Ethan Lubenow’s shot, scored off of assists from Samuel Havnen and Avery Mahlman 7:54 into overtime, sent Worthington packing Thursday night by a 6-5 outcome in a non-conference boys hockey battle.
The Trojans got on the board 10 minutes into the game but already trailed at that point 3-1. WHS senior Kody Honius had the goal in the first period off an assist from Andrew Johnson. Rodney Engstrom, Samuel Havnen and Matthew Lytle each scored early for the Cardinals.
Johnson scored the second period’s lone goal, on an assist by Nick Newman 10:01 into the second period. That set up a rally that gave the game its extra period.
Honius scored two power play goals and Johnson tacked on his second goal of the night to knot the game at 3-3 just over 11 minutes into the third period.
“In the first period, we definitely came out slow and sluggish. We didn’t really have anything going for us. That dug us a deep hole that we couldn’t truly dig out of. They’re a hard hitting team, and I think that got us frustrated,” Worthington head coach Nate Grimmius said. “Fairmont gave us a 5-on-3 with some penalties and we were able to score on that.”
Worthington had five penalties on the night for 10 minutes spent in the box. Fairmont had eight penalties, including one major penalty for head contact.
In net, Trojans senior Alex Purdy faced 40 shots for the night and saved 34. Worthington is now 4-9 overall and 1-4 in the Southwest Conference.
Mankato East comes to town Saturday for a 2 p.m. game. Grimmius commented he hopes his team will be able to have the right frame of mind entering this weekend’s game as they try and right the ship from a frustrating loss that stings.
“We played Mankato East tough last time we saw them. I’m hoping for a similar effort this time around,” Grimmius said. “One of our best games this year was against Marshall recently. Hopefully we can get the train back on the tracks and not let this game set us back, getting back to how we played in Marshall.”
WHS 1 1 3 0 — 5
Fairmont 4 0 1 1 — 6