Prep hockey: Worthington girls get 1st win, boys fall 6-3
MORRIS — In come-from-behind fashion, Worthington’s girls hockey team earned its first win of the season Friday night, in the first game of a prep hockey doubleheader at Morris/Benson Area.
The Trojans trailed 1-0 after the first two periods but put in two through the final 17 minutes to notch a 2-1 victory over the homestanding Storm.
“We were able to pick up the pace against them because they had a smaller-sized team,” Worthington head coach Eric Milbrath said. “We’re super excited. This is a huge relief for the girls and they’re very excited.”
Morris/Benson Area scored its first goal 11:36 into the game when senior forward Morgan DeHaan put in a goal off of an assist by seventh-grader Hallie Watzke.
The Trojans mounted their rally when junior defender Allison Kremer found junior center Betsy Thompson to knot the game 16:06 into the third period. Less than a minute later, Thompson fed freshman Ashley Thompson for the go-ahead goal.
WHS 0 0 2 — 2
M/Benson 1 0 0 — 1
M/BA 6, WHS 3
MORRIS —With a shorthanded crew mainly due to illness, the Worthington boys hockey team struggled late in their back-and-forth hockey game at Morris/Benson Area, falling 6-3.
The Trojans took an early 2-1 lead through one period and the Storm answered, outscoring their visitors by the same margin in the second stanza.
Morris/Benson Area had three goals, shutting out a fatigued Worthington team in the third period to put away the win.
Junior forward Andrew Johnson, sophomore defenseman Evan Eggers and junior forward Nick Newman each had goals for the Trojans while senior Kody Honius led the team with two assists. Goaltender Alex Purdy snuffed 55 shots on the night while Worthington’s offense pieced together 25 shots of its own.
“We had our short bench and fatigue really set in in that third period. We were just gassed,” Worthington head coach Nate Grimmius said. “Having only nine skaters available makes it very difficult at the varsity level. They had a quick team. That made it tough for us, too.”
Both of Worthington’s hockey teams compete in Waseca today.
WHS 2 1 0 —3
M/Benson 1 2 3 — 6