Girls hockey: Fairmont dumps fired-up Worthington, 10-0
WORTHINGTON — Putting together a much better start Thursday against an offensively adept Fairmont girls hockey club, the Worthington Trojans were unable to make enough hay out of their own offense and fell 10-0 at the hands of the Cardinals.
The loss was a non-conference one and the Trojans, now 0-12, go into a long break before hosting Southwest Conference opponent Morris/Benson Saturday, Jan. 18.
“It was a great start, and the girls were definitely fired up tonight,” Trojans head coach Eric Milbrath said after stepping away from the ice. “They wanted this one and they showed it.”
The Trojans got their first of two quality shot attempts 6:40 into the first period, when Emily Williamson struck from the left wing but was denied. A minute later, Betsey Thompson’s breakaway solo shot got snuffed by Fairmont goaltender Sadie Sandersfeld.
Fairmont posted four goals of its own in the opening frame, beginning with sophomore forward Jalyssa Wilson’s goal 7:53 in. Her shot bounced off the top of the net before rattling in. Myah Lytle scored two first period goals and Erin Rahm added another for a 4-0 lead the Cards held on two dozen first period shots.
For the most part, on the offensive side of the ice, the Trojans’ biggest struggle came in staying with their chances at scoring and persevering for second and third chances at possessions and shots. Milbrath said it is something his team has continually worked on in what little practice time they’ve had together as of late. New skaters on the team who are still learning the sport and very little actual practice time have made fine-tuning things something they have to do on the fly.
“We’d dump the puck in and only have one person going in high. We need two going in there, including one to pinch the puck up against the boards and another to come and get it,” Milbrath explained. “The third wing or forward can go in front of the net for a forward pass. The kids know it but we’re still working on it.
“Their goalie is a very good goalie. She stopped everything we put at her,” Milbrath continued. “Allison (Kremer) and Betsy put some good shots at her and so did Taylor (Williamson). She made some big saves on some 2-on-1’s in the later periods for them.”
Trojans goaltender Amanda Bristow completed a full game for her team, having several quality saves on the night. Her play kept Worthington together when Fairmont at times kept firing away from every direction. Worthington pieced together eight shots on the night.
“Two of their goals, she was completely screened. There was too much traffic in front of the net, and there were a few of those goals she didn’t even see,” Milbrath said. “The ones she did see, she made some big saves on.”
Of the break coming up, Milbrath said it is a needed one.
“We have a very well-needed break,” he said. “We’ll go back to work and try and fix some of the things we’ve had problems with the last few weeks. Between snow and tournaments, we haven’t had a lot of practice time.”
Fairmont 4 4 2 — 10
Worthington 0 0 0 — 0