Worthington runs away from Sleepy Eye, 13-1
WORTHINGTON -- Scoring six goals in the first period, the Worthington Trojans jumped out to a 6-1 lead on Sleepy Eye Friday night in the team's home opener and found the net seven more times in the next two periods, claiming a 13-1 Southwest Conference victory.
Trojan senior Tim Roos scored two of those first period goals and finished with four for the night, as he was on the receiving end of several fine passes by his teammates.
"Timmy had a nice game for us," Trojan head coach Gary Brandt said. "I was pleased with how all the boys played. We handled the stick well and were buzzing the net with some hard-driving shots."
Roos added three assists in the game, as he and junior forward Tyler Obermoller each finished with a team-high seven points.
The agile-skating Obermoller pushed three goals into the Sleepy Eye net and also had four assists for the Trojans.
"Our first line (Roos, Obermoller and sophomore Mitchell Jensen) really skated hard and worked well together," praised Brandt. "They skated to position, passed well and drove the shots right at the net."
Worthington scored 20 seconds into the game when Obermoller took a pass from Roos and fired the puck past the Sleepy Eye goalie for a quick 1-0 Trojan lead.
The Indians (0-3) answered with a goal 2:47 into the game when Preston Hauth scored on assist from Riley Braulick.
Worthington responded to that goal with a flurry of scores in the next two minutes, taking a 5-1 lead by the 4:43 mark.
Luke Huls scored off a pass from Obermoller, Jensen scored unassisted, Roos found the net off a pass from Danny Penaredondo and Roos completed the barrage with his first goal, assisted by Jensen.
"That's when we really buzzed the net," declared Brandt. "We scored those four goals in less than two minutes."
Another goal by Jensen -- off assists from Obermoller and Roos -- increased the Trojan lead to 6-1 as the first period neared its finish.
Sleepy Eye played the Trojans evenly for the first six minutes of the second period, as both teams had shots on goal, but Worthington's Kevin Swenson and Sleepy Eye's Jared Gilliland defended their nets well.
Then -- just like they had done in the first period -- the Trojans bombarded the Indian net with four quick goals in a span of less than two minutes.
The first three of those scores actually came within 41 seconds of each other.
Roos scored his third goal of the game off an assist from Obermoller 5:45 into the period, moving the score to 7-1.
Twenty-seconds later, Obermoller took a pass from Jensen on the left wing and fired in a long shot and Worthington had an 8-1 lead.
The Trojan advantage became 9-1, just 14 seconds later, when John Mead scored off an assist from Huls.
Just over a minute later, Roos tallied his fourth goal of the game, getting an assist from Mead.
In the third period, Obermoller got his hat trick 3:18 into the action, getting an assist from Roos.
Two minutes later, sophomore Max Pierson rifled in a goal, being assisted by Jake Van Grouw and Derek Meester.
Worthington's final goal came at the 12:52 mark when Huls scored on a break-away down the right side, assisted by Penaredondo.
"We played four lines tonight and each of them did a nice job," concluded Brandt. "All of our goals, except one, came off of assists, which indicates how good our teamwork was."
Worthington had a total of 59 shots on goal (23 in the first period and 24 in the second), compared to just 11 for the Indians.
Swenson had nine saves for the Trojans, while sophomore Kyle Hain defended the goal for Worthington in the third period and stopped the only Sleepy Eye shot on goal.
The Trojans (1-1, 1-2) travel to Redwood Falls today for a conference clash with the Redwood Valley Cardinals. Game time is 3 p.m.
"We will need to continue to show skating speed and drive the puck towards the net," said Brandt. "We need to play hard for 90 seconds and make a line change, keeping our players fresh. That worked well tonight, as we just wore them down with our shifting lines."
Sleepy Eye 1 0 0 -- 1
Worthington 6 4 3 -- 13