HOCKEY: Worthington captures consolation title during tournamentNEW ULM —The Worthington Trojans won the consolation title at the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye Pee Wee B Hockey Tournament last weekend at the New Ulm Civic Center.
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe
NEW ULM —The Worthington Trojans won the consolation title at the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye Pee Wee B Hockey Tournament last weekend at the New Ulm Civic Center.
Worthington began the tournament with its only loss, a physical and closely contested two-goal decision to eventual runner-up North Metro, which hails from the Brooklyn Park, Fridley and Brooklyn Center areas.
After that disappointing start, the Trojans rebounded to defeat both Centennial and Austin to earn the consolation title.
North Metro 2,
Despite an uncharacteristic and season-high five penalties called against Worthington, the Trojans battled North Metro in a quarterfinal contest Saturday morning, giving up only single tallies in the second and third periods.
Unfortunately, the first of these goals came on a power play after a disputed body-checking penalty that gave North Metro momentum that the Trojans couldn’t overcome.
Worthington goalie Carter Ponto played an excellent game, saving 32 shots. North Metro outshot Worthington 34-19.
Worthington bounced back with a decisive victory over Centennial in the consolation semifinals, setting the tone with four straight goals to begin the game.
Max Carlson led the Trojans’ scoring onslaught with two goals and one assist. Anthony Fogelman netted a goal and assisted two other tallies. Bryce Olsen assisted two goals. Other Worthington scorers were Tom Bauman, Karter Honius, Ryan Newman, Davis Moore, and Eric Heidebrink. Additional assists for Trojans were credited to Bauman and Seth Voss.
Goalie Sam Fellows earned the win for Worthington with 10 saves.
The Trojans outshot Centennial 31-14.
In the consolation title game, Worthington spotted the Austin Packers an early lead, but scored the remaining five goals of the game to gain the victory.
The Trojan scoring was led by two unassisted goals from Fogelman and two goals from Moore, who banged in short-range “one-timers” off perfect passes from Honius and Olsen. Honius completed the Worthington scoring.
The Trojans’ defense was led throughout the tournament by Voss, Olsen, Honius and Lance Hibma, who did a good job containing the Packers’ offense.
Ponto kept Worthington in the game with a number of close in saves in the second and third periods to earn the win with 24 saves.
Worthington outshot Austin 27-25 in the contest.
Worthington is 8-3 this season. The Trojans are back in action Dec. 27-28 with early afternoon home games against the Windom Eagles and the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye Eagles at Worthington Arena.
Worthington places second in home tourney
WORTHINGTON — Jack Black scored on an assist from Kip Jensen as Worthington fell 8-1 to Aberdeen, S.D., in the championship game of the Worthington Tournament on Sunday.
Aberdeen established control early in the game, continually forced the Trojans into commiting turnovers and kept the puck in the Worthington zone.
The Trojans, who had troule staying out of the penalty box, gave up three power play goals to Aberdeen.
Worthington 4, Okoboji 0
Jensen was the goalie as Worthington advanced to the title game with a shutout of Okoboji in the semifinal round Saturday.
After a scoreless first period, Eddy Canales handed the Trojans a 1-0 lead with a second-period goal.
Worthington added three third-period tallies from Cody Hastings and Black. The name of the player who scored the Trojans’ final goal was not submitted.
Worthington 7, Windom B 1
Worthington took control with four first-period goals in a quarterfinal rout of Windom B on Saturday.
Logan Kluever, Black, Hastings and Carlos Garcia gave the Trojans a 4-0 lead. They were assisted by Traeyton Holt (two passes), Kluever and Colby Nickel.
Black scored his second goal of the game on a pass from Jenson. Garcia, who had a hat trick, went on to score Worthington’s final two goals. The last tally was assisted by Jensen and Krew Aljets.