Hockey roundup: Cards sweep Worthington, Windom splits at Fairmont
LUVERNE —Toby Sengvongxay had a hat trick and the Luverne Cardinals boys hockey team ran its record to 9-0 Thursday with a convincing 11-1 win over Worthington at the Blue Mound Arena.
The Cardinals outscored the Trojans 3-0 in the first period and 3-1 in the second en route to the 10-goal triumph. They produced 55 shots in the contest compared to Worthington’s 10.
Cody Honius scored Worthington’s lone goal, 2:02 into the second period with a slap shot just inside the offensive blue line, assisted by Nick Newman.
Jackson Nelson and Chaz Smedsrud both scored a pair of goals for LHS. Single goals were scored by Dalton Smeins, Connor Hoffman, Logan Norman and Andrew Verhey.
Unnecessary penalties had been hurting the Trojans for much of the winter season thus far, but against the Cardinals it wasn’t infractions that hampered their cause. “Actually it was a pretty clean game. We had three penalties and Luverne took two,” said WHS head coach Nate Grimmius.
“We stuck right in there with a really good team. We stayed with them for half the game. And then our legs just went away. We got pretty tired,” Grimmius said.
The Cardinals were happy with their accomplishments on the night, head hockey coach Derrick Brown said.
“We started off the game a little slow but then really started to move the puck well,” Brown said. “It was a good team win for us.”
Worthington 0 1 0 — 1
Luverne 3 3 5 — 11
Windom Area 8, Fairmont 1 FAIRMONT —Windom Area pulled off a road win in Fairmont for its fourth triumph of the season.
The Eagles held a 3-0 lead after the first period and led 5-1 after two frames. Alex Leopold, a junior defenseman for the Eagles, scored two goals in the win while Devin Nielson had three assist with a goal.
WA 3 2 3 —8
Fairmont 0 1 0 —1
Girls hockey LHS 12, Worthington 0 LUVERNE —Luverne’s girls hockey squad rolled up four goals in the first period to a 12-0 win over Worthington at home.
Madisyn Dingmann, a sophomore for the Cardinals, took a feed from sophomore Makayla Sterrett and senior Ellen Dahl to score the group’s first goal 8:29 into the first period. Just 10 seconds later, senior Kristen Reisdorfer scored for Dahl. Both were power play goals on a five-minute major penalty charged to the Trojans for boarding.
At 13:28 of the first period, freshman Carly Serie scored unassisted and, just over a minute later, sophomore Madison Oye joined in.
The Cards came alive for seven goals over the second period and added another in the third. Dingmann scored three goals in all while Dahl and Serie add two apiece. Eighth-grader Maddie Dinger, Reisdorfer, Oye and Sterrett each finished with one.
Sophomore goaltender Kennedy Gonnerman had six saves for the Cards while Worthington’s Amanda Bristow faced 66 shots and put together 54 saves.
“We are playing well as a team right now and are working hard and having fun,” Luverne coach Tony Sandbulte said.
Worthington 0 0 0 — 0
Luverne 4 7 1 —12
Fairmont 7, Windom Area 2 WINDOM —Windom Area had a tough time getting going in a 7-2 loss to Fairmont.
The Eagles trailed 2-0 after the first period and 6-1 after two frames as goaltender Madison Willard had 22 saves in net.
WA sophomore Alexis Jellema-Baerg scored a power-play goal 6:05 into the second period. She was assisted by Abigail Turner. Elizabeth Schoenenberger scored unassisted 12:34 into the third period to round out scoring for the Eagles.
Fairmont 2 4 1 —7
Windom Area 0 1 1 —2