Girls hockey: Fairmont shuts out Worthington, 11-0
WORTHINGTON —Fairmont’s girls hockey team put together a first period that proved too hard for Worthington to overcome Thursday night at the Worthington Ice Arena.
The Cardinals used several players to score from several spots, posting a 5-0 lead after the opening 17 minutes. Worthington finished with six shots on goal for the night with a share of opportunities, but was unable to connect. Fairmont defeated the Trojans 11-0.
Trojan eighth-grader Bailey Kruse stepped in net for senior Amanda Bristow through the final two periods to gain experience. Bristow then skated for Worthington for the remainder of the game. The Trojans drop to 0-2 on its season going into a game next Tuesday in Marshall.
“Being in the net was a big change and it was kind of nerve-wracking,” Kruse said of stepping in at goalkeeper. “There were a lot of shots. We did the best we could. The whole team held up fairly well.”
Hold up well the team did, all things considered. Fairmont blasted 66 shots at WHS on the night with 35 coming in the first frame against Bristow. She had 30 saves.
The Cardinals put two goals across in the span of a dozen seconds, as sophomore Erin Rahm found Logyn Cone on the left wing for a 1-0 lead at 2:20 of the first period. At 2:32, freshman Myah Lytle scored on her own. Fairmont sophomore Tieryn Arens put in a goal from the left side at 5:54 and sophomore Brooke Lemon snuck another in, from just outside the right faceoff circle to push the lead to 4-0 at 10:36 of the first period.
The Cardinals put five more goals through in the second period but were held to just one in the third period as Worthington’s half dozen shots were spread evenly over the three frames. In all, 11 different players scored goals toward the win for Fairmont.
The Tigers are 0-3 heading into a game tonight at St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson. Marshall has losses on the season to Fairmont, Hutchinson and New Ulm.
“Going forward, we definitely have some things we still need to work on, but that is understandable considering how many new players we have,” Worthington girls coach Eric Milbrath said after Thursday’s game.
“In the third period, there was some type of spark. We talked in between periods about finding intensity on the ice. It started to show. We could see it in the girls’ attitudes and did a lot of things better in that period.”
Fairmont 5 5 1 — 11
WHS 0 0 0 — 0