TROJAN BOYS HOCKEY: Trojans fall short against BluejaysWASECA — Alex Kremer netted a pair of goals for the Trojans boys hockey team in a 3-2 non-conference loss to the Waseca Bluejays Saturday.
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe
WASECA — Alex Kremer netted a pair of goals for the Trojans boys hockey team in a 3-2 non-conference loss to the Waseca Bluejays Saturday.
Rylan Scholtes made 36 saves for Worthington, while the Trojans failed to convert on six power-play opportunities in the game, including 5-minute major for boarding assessed to the Bluejays.
CJ Nordquist picked up the only goal in the first period on the power-play, just 90 seconds into the frame, after Kremer went to the box for 2 minutes on a roughing minor.
Kremer made up for his earlier lapse by tying the game at one 6 minutes, 14 seconds into the second period. The game only remained tied for 5 minutes when the Bluejays’ Cody Ulfers shot another puck past Scholtes to give Waseca a 2-1 at the second intermission.
The Bluejays extended their lead to two on a J.P. Eykyn goal at 8:17 in the third period. The Trojans cut the lead to one with under a minute left in the game on Kremer’s second goal of the day,.
The Trojans (1-6) face Mankato East/Loyola for a rematch of Worthington’s season opener Saturday in Mankato.
WHS 0 1 1 — 2
Waseca 1 1 1 — 3
Morris/Benson Area 0
LUVERNE — Andrew Verhey and Skyler Wenninger notched two goals apiece for the Luverne Cardinals on their way to a rout of the Morris/Benson Area Storm in a Southwest Conference boys hockey game Saturday.
The Cardinals outshot the Storm 32-20 and scored on 50 percent of their power-play opportunities in the win. Goalie Kendall Meyer picked up a shutout for Luverne.
Austin Maxwell opened the scoring early in the first period for the Cardinals, putting the puck past Storm goalie Kyle Kennedy (25 saves) at 15:08 to make it 1-0. Luverne added to its lead with a power-play goal by Toby Sengvongxay less than a minute later to close out the scoring in the first period.
Verhey gave the Cardinals a three-goal lead 90 seconds into the second period on the first of his two goals in the frame. Luverne used another power-play to generate its fourth goal of the game, this time with Wenninger putting the puck in the net at 10:28 to make it 4-0.
Chaz Smedrud took advantage of another Luverne power-play to make it 4-0 for the Cardinals with under five minutes to play in the second. Verhey added his second goal of the game less than a minute later to increase the Cardinals’ lead to six heading into the second intermission.
Luverne extended its lead to seven on Wenninger’s second goal of the game 59 seconds into the third period.
The Cardinals (5-1) host Windom Area Tuesday before heading to the Schwan Cup on Dec. 26 to take on Somerset in Blaine.
M/BA 0 0 0 — 0
Luverne 2 4 1 — 7
Windom Area 6
Achiever NW Academy 3
RICHFIELD — The Windom Eagles remained perfect this season with a decisive victory over The Achiever NE Academy Aces Saturday in a non-conference boys hockey game.
Travis Janssen got the scoring started for the Eagles with a power-play goal at 10:08 in the first period to make it 1-0 in favor of Windom Area. However, the Aces were able to tie the game with just over a minute left in the period on a Ryan Finnegan goal to make it 1-1 heading to the intermission.
Zach Bartosh picked up the first of his two goals on the day for Windom Area early in the second period to break the tie. The Eagles increased their lead to two on a goal by Mitchell Macek halfway through the period.
The Aces got on the board for a second time with just under 90 seconds left on a Brennan McGuire goal to make it 3-2. But Bartosh push the Eagles lead back to two with seconds left in the period.
The Eagles took a three-goal lead with another early score in the third by Janssen. Cory Sprague’s goal at 6:25 for the Aces cut the Eagles lead to two.
Windom Area goalie Ben Stubbe stopped 31 of 34 shots on the day, while the Eagles improved to 5-0 on the season.
The Eagles head to Luverne to take on the Cardinals in a Southwest Conference matchup Tuesday.
Windom Area 1 3 2 — 6
Achiever 1 1 1 — 3