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HOCKEY ROUNDUP: Worthington suffers 7th consecutive loss

BENSON -- The free-fall continued Saturday for Worthington's boys' hockey team.

Benson Public scored three power-play goals en route to an 8-0 victory over the Trojans.

It was the seventh consecutive loss for Worthington (3-12).

"(Benson's) skating ability and their puck-handling and how they played as a team and their movement with the puck as a team was just outstanding," Worthington coach Gary Brandt said. "One of the things we worked on quite a bit is cycling with the puck, and we've not developed it to the point where it's automatic with our kids."

The Trojans recorded just five shots on goal in each period. Benson finished with 32 shots on goal.

Devon Dixon made 24 saves for the Trojans.

Worthington, which committed four first-period penalties, will travel to face Luverne on Thursday.

Worthington 0 0 0 -- 0

Benson 2 5 1 -- 8

Luverne 5, RV 2

REDWOOD FALLS -- Five different players scored to lead Luverne, which outscored Redwood Valley 4-0 in the third period to extend its unbeaten streak to seven games after losing five of its first eight to start the season.

Josh Connell scored on assists from Connor Fitzer and Derek Van Santen to give Luverne a 1-0 lead, but Redwood Valley scored the equalizer with just five seconds remaining in the second period.

"It was kind of a momentum killer," Luverne coach Jon Nyre said. "But we came out and scored 14 seconds into the third (period)."

Tim Connell scored the go-ahead goal on an assist from Phil Paquette, and Fitzer followed with an unassisted goal for the eventual winner.

Tim Connell assisted Paquette on a score, and Nick Meyer added an unassisted goal late in the third period.

Tanner Skattum stopped 26 shots for Luverne (9-5-1, 4-3), which will host Worthington on Thursday.

Luverne 0 1 4 -- 5

RV 0 1 1 -- 2


Benson 7, Worthington 1

BENSON -- Benson Public outshot Worthington 66-2 en route to a six-goal victory.

Senior forward Alyssa Berg scored the Trojans' lone goal, late in the third period, on an unusual play.

"We shot the puck down the ice, and their goalie came out to play the puck," Worthington assistant coach Mark Raboin said. "She went to pass, and her (teammate) missed it. The puck landed on Berg's stick at the blue line, and she shot it in the middle of the goal.

"The girls went ballistic."

Taylor Baumhoefner made 59 saves in goal for Worthington, which held Benson to just 18 shots in the third period after allowing 25 in the first and 23 in the second.

The Trojans (0-17) will travel to face Luverne on Thursday.

Worthington 0 0 1 -- 1

Benson 4 2 1 -- 7

Luverne 10, RV 1

REDWOOD FALLS -- Paige Olson and Lauren Christensen each scored two goals, sparking Luverne's offensive outburst.

Mikki Fitzer, Morgan Summers, Liz Solma, Katie Dahl, Amanda Niessink and Katie Eeten each had a goal for Luverne, which scored five first-period goals.

It was the first varsity goal of the season for Eeten, an eighth-grader, who also added two assists.

Katie Shearer made 13 saves in goal to lead Luverne, which will host Worthington on Thursday.

Luverne 5 4 1 -- 10

RV 0 0 1 -- 1

Dodge County 4, WA 0

WINDOM -- Windom Area managed just 15 shots on goal and was shut out for the third time in four games.

The game was scoreless entering the first intermission, but Dodge County scored twice in the second period and added two third-period goals to pull away for the victory.

Windom committed six penalties and allowed two power-play goals in the game.

Brooklyn Drahota had 72 saves to lead the Eagles (11-8).

Dodge County 0 2 2 -- 4

WA 0 0 0 -- 0