WHS Girls' Hockey: Cardinals shut out Trojans 5-0WORTHINGTON — After recording their first shutout of the season Tuesday, the Trojan girls’ hockey team was shutout against Fairmont Thursday. Worthington came out strong in the first period before giving up five unanswered goals in the second on its way to a 5-0 loss.
WORTHINGTON — After recording their first shutout of the season Tuesday, the Trojan girls’ hockey team was shutout against Fairmont Thursday.
Worthington came out strong in the first period before giving up five unanswered goals in the second on its way to a 5-0 loss.
The Trojans are now 0-3 against Fairmont this season and dropped to 2-10-1 with the loss.
“We played two real good periods of hockey,” WHS head coach Ken Karwoski said. “Unfortunately, two real good periods of hockey isn’t enough to get it done.”
The first and third periods went well for the Trojans.
The first period displayed a good exchange between WHS and the Cardinals, with one team making an offensive attack and then the other. Nobody scored, however, and the game went into the first break with a score of 0-0.
The third period was similar. The Trojans had eight shots on net compared to 12 by Fairmont. Each goalie made some quality saves and each team played good defense.
However, the second period highlighted a whole different WHS team.
“We didn’t come out in that second period,” Karwoski said. “We played hard that first period and then we just expected them to give us the second period. They didn’t give us anything. Instead, they took everything we gave them and you saw what happened. We got out-worked, we got out-played and we got out-hustled.”
Fairmont’s Jalyssa Wilson (assist Brooke Lemon) scored the first goal of the game with 16 minutes, 26 seconds left to play in the second period.
Wilson finished the game with two goals and an assist. Lemon finished the game with two goals and two assists. Abby Rahm scored the fifth and final goal for the Cardinals with 3:45 to play in the middle period.
“They shifted how they attacked the front of the net inbetween the first and second periods,” Karwoski said. “It took our girls a long time to adjust to that. As a coach you can tell them what to do, but it took them awhile to realize what exactly was going on. We weren’t picking up the people we needed to.”
Trojan goalie Amanda Bristow made 47 saves on the night, which was good enough for a .904 save percentage.
Karwoski was also pleased with the defensive efforts from Mandi Vote, Allison Kremer and Betsy Thompson. All three, he said, did a good job of breaking up Cardinal scoring opportunites and making passes out of the defensive zone.
But Thursday’ game was night and day compared to the way the girls played in their 2-0 victory over Marshall on Tuesday.
And the Trojans are hoping they see more performances like Tuesday’s down the final stretch of the season and can put Thursday’s display behind them.
“We let ourselves down tonight,” Karwoski said. “It was just all the mental things that went wrong tonight. Everything we did so well Tuesday we did equally as poorly tonight. We need to regather ourselves now.”
Worthington has a break from game action for awhile now as its next contest isn’t until Saturday, January 21 against Morris/Benson Area.
The Trojans tied M/B Area in overtime the last time the two teams met.
“Really, aside from that second period, I’m happy with how the girls played,” Karwoski said. “It’s just that one period can really put a damper on things.
“We have another big game coming up next Saturday against Morris/Benson. We’ll put this one behind us and do what we need to do to get ourselves ready for that one.”
Fairmont 0 5 0 — 5
WHS 0 0 0 — 0
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