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Section boys hockey: Windom Area moves on, Worthington falls


At this time in the boys hockey season, it is win or go home in Section 3A.

The Worthington Trojans, on the road in Litchfield for the first round of tournament play, saw their season come to an end with a 14-4 setback Tuesday evening while the Windom Area Eagles earned an 8-5 win on their home ice over Redwood Valley.

Windom Area, seeded seventh, advances to face a trip to No. 2 Willmar Thursday night. Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato will go to third-seeded New Ulm.

LDC 14, Worthington 4

LITCHFIELD — It’s tough enough facing an excellent team on the road. It’s even harder to win when you’re lacking depth.

The 11th-seeded Worthington Trojans were beaten in their first round tournament game Tuesday, 14-4, by sixth-seeded Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato. The Dragons scored four power play goals against the undermanned Trojans, who finish their season with five victories.

“We skated hard. But when you only have a line and a half, it’s hard to skate at this level,” said WHS head coach Nate Grimmius.

LDC, a fast-skating team, was able to send three strong lines against the Trojans, who were depleted due to injuries to key personnel.

“We started the season pretty good, and we hit a few bumps midway through. We lost (junior forward) Alex Kremer around then, and that was a pretty bad blow to the team,” said Grimmius.

The Trojans were outscored Tuesday 4-1 in the first period, 7-2 in the second and 3-1 in the third. They were out-shot 48-20, broken down 17-9 in the first period, 22-8 in the second and 9-3 in the third.

LDC scored the game’s first two goals before Worthington found the net with Andrew Johnson at the 11:40 mark of the first period. Two more WHS goals were scored in the second period, the first by Mitchell Shreiner assisted by Alan Olhousen and Johnson, and the next one by Olhousen assisted by Tony Lopez. The third period goal was tallied by Shreiner with an assist by Nick Newman.

Alex Purdy played goal for WHS.

“We came out a little bit slow, but I think we picked it up a bit. I give ‘em credit for skating hard,” Grimmius said of his players.

Worthington 1 2 1 — 4

LDC 4 7 3 — 14

Windom Area 8, Redwood Valley 5

WINDOM — Windom Area outscored Redwood Valley in each of the first two periods, gaining a 5-2 edge toward an eventual win.

The Eagles led 2-1 after the first stanza on goals scored by Devin Nielsen and Mitchell Macek. WA then added two more to begin the second period. Zach Bartosh, Devin Nielsen and Ryley Espenson did the honors for the Eagles and assists in the period were credited to Ryan Clark and Nielsen.

Six goals were collectively scored in the final 17 minutes. Espenson, Ryan Evers and Nielsen each had scores for the Eagles in the third frame with assists handed out by Bartosh and Espenson.

Windom Area goaltender Nate Monson saved 29 of the 34 shots he faced. The Eagles put together 27 shots of their own in the win.

Redwood Valley 1 1 3 — 5

Windom Area 2 3 3 — 8