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Girls hockey: Fogelman gets hat trick, Trojans win fifth game

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Ashton Fogelman (9) of the Worthington Trojans girls hockey team takes a fast break unopposed to the goal and slams the puck past Fairmont goalie Emily O' Connor. Worthington beat Fairmont Thursday night, 6-2. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)2 / 3
Worthington Trojans goalie Bailey Kruse (88) blocks a shot in Thursday's girls hockey game against Fairmont. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)3 / 3

WORTHINGTON -- Winning, according to the Worthington Trojans girls hockey team, can get addictive.

The Trojans won their fifth game of the season on Thursday, a 6-2 triumph over Fairmont at the local arena, and freshman forward Ashton Fogelman secured her hat trick with exactly one second remaining in the second period. Other goals were scored by Delayne Kuhl, Aubree Pederson and Kya Nickel.

Fogelman’s third goal occurred just a few feet in front of the Cardinals’ net. Slapping at the puck as time ticked away, Fogelman appeared surprised at the result, and even more surprised when she looked up and saw the clock stopped at 0:01.

“I didn’t even know it went in. But I saw everybody was cheering and I was happy,” she said.

Fogelman’s goal was the fourth Worthington goal of the period, and it allowed the Trojans to go into the final period with a 6-1 lead against a team they’d already beaten twice this season. The Cardinals lost to WHS 3-0 on Dec. 5 and 6-0 on Dec. 19.

Worthington is now 5-11 on the season after going winless the previous two seasons.

“Winning is definitely improving their attitude, as far as they know they’re capable of doing this. They’re getting the confidence,” said head coach Chad Nickel.

In recent games, he said, “They made some huge improvements in their passing, their speed has increased, and their pressing of the puck.”

Barely more than three minutes expired in the first period Thursday when the Trojans got their first goal amid a flurry of bodies near the Fairmont net. It was scored by Kuhl, assisted by McKenna Nickel and Kessey Aljets.

Fogelman tallied the next one with 3:16 remaining as she picked up a missed Cardinals pass and placed it cleanly on the right side of the goal. The score became 2-0.

Fairmont’s Macy Militello scored the first goal of the second period on a sweeping shot around WHS goalkeeper Bailey Kruse’s left side that the Trojan senior was not long enough to reach.

Worthington scored the next three to take its 6-1 lead. At 10:41, Fogelman began a breakaway near center ice and outraced a couple of Fairmont defenders to the net. Pederson scored at 10:09 amid a flurry of sticks near the FHS goal, with Aljets being credited with an assist. Nickel scored at 5:48 on a short punch, assisted by Fogelman and Kuhl.

Fairmont got the only goal in the third period on a Joni Becker shot that was lifted above the shoulder of Kruse just under the top of the post.

Worthington finished with 34 shots on goal compared to 22 for Fairmont.

Kruse played another outstanding game, as WHS fans have grown accustomed to seeing.

“Everybody played good,” Kruse said, with a qualifier. “I think we could have got the score up a little more. But after you get a few on the same team, you feel comfortable. It’s good to feel comfortable. We just can’t get comfortable.”

It’s been a few years since the Trojans girls hockey team has been good enough to become comfortable, but on Thursday they appeared to have the victory in hand from start to finish.

“We’re slowly building off each win,” said Fogelman, who looked as sharp as she’s looked all year.

“You always have to be on your toes, because you don’t know when your opportunity will come. But when it does, you gotta take it,” Fogelman said.

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Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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