WHS Girls' Hockey: WHS wins second straightWORTHINGTON — In Ken Karwoski’s third season coaching the Trojans, there is something the Worthington girls’ hockey team didn’t accomplish. That is until Tuesday night.
WORTHINGTON — In Ken Karwoski’s third season coaching the Trojans, there is something the Worthington girls’ hockey team didn’t accomplish. That is until Tuesday night.
For the first time in what Karwoski estimated was six or seven years, the Trojans hadn’t been able to win two consecutive games.
But with a win over Morris/Benson Area on Saturday and a 4-1 victory over Windom Area Tuesday, the Trojans did just that.
“It’s a two game win streak for the team and it’s great to see the girls playing so hard,” Karwoski said. “They’re seeing the game happen and they’re anticipating a lot of things. Earlier in the season we were reacting to what the other team was doing. Now we’re doing things to make other teams react to us. We’re playing hockey now instead of being out there and just skating around.”
It was Betsy Thompson and Allison Kremer who led the scoring brigade again for the Trojans.
And in the end, Karwoski described all four goals scored as “pretty goals” and not the fluke goals the team tends to rely on.
Thompson’s first goal came with 10 minutes, nine seconds left in the first period when she made a nice juke move in front of the goalie and tucked it behind the goalie into the corner of the net.
Her other goal, also unassisted, came with 6:13 left in the second period. Karwoski said both of Thompson’s goals “shook the goalie right out of her pads.”
Kremer’s first goal came with 4:14 left in the first period to make the score 2-1 — Windom Area’s Kylie Willard (assist Alexis Jellema-Baerg) scored with 8:17 left in the period — and her second goal came with 18 seconds left in the middle period.
“On the first one I just looked up and didn’t see that many players so I skated up and broke away,” Kremer said. “I’ve really needed to work on driving it to the net and I finally did that tonight and I scored because of it.
“The second goal was really good. It came on a great pass. I just got the pass and I shot and it went in.”
Amanda Bristow made 15 saves for the Trojans, while Eagle Amber Svoboda had 46 saves.
WHS’s 50 shots on goal — including 24 in the first period alone — were a season-high and had the team pretty excited afterwards.
“That is crazy,” Kremer said. “We haven’t had that amount in a long time. It was fun to know we could put that many shots on goal and actually score a lot too. That was a really fun game and we did really good.”
The only real negative in the game for the Trojans, Kremer said, was that the girls got worn out in the third period.
But otherwise the team displayed numerous strengths. Karwoski noted passing and confidence as the keys to “the best game we’ve played all season.”
“That’s a fun game we just played,” Karwoski said. “It’s very exciting for us. That was a lot of hard work and you really saw it paying off the whole time. We were dominating the play and played in our offensive third nearly the whole game. We had endless opportunites that could’ve widened our gap significantly, but regardless, it was really fun for the girls.”
Windom Area (0-15) plays St. Peter/LeSueur-Hend./Mont-Lonsdale Thursday. Worthington (4-10-1) plays Thursday at home against Luverne before taking on Waseca on Saturday.
And the Trojans hope they can extend their win streak by a couple of games before the week is over.
“It’s going to be tough, but we have momentum in our favor,” Karwoski said. “We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing and continue to build. We just want to play even better than we have already been playing.”
WA 1 0 0 — 1
WHS 2 2 0 — 4
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