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Trojan boys hockey: Mankato East ices Worthington 5-3

MANKATO —The Worthington Trojans boys hockey team dropped its season opener Thursday night, losing on the road to Mankato East 5-3.

The Trojans trailed 4-3 before East threw the dagger at 15:32 of the third period to put away the game.

East drew first blood, on a power play at 7:28 of the first period, as sophomores Derek Bruns and Judd Schulz paired to find senior Brandon Treinen for a 1-0 advantage.

Worthington answered the bell, scoring 10:29 into the contest when Nick Newman found junior Andrew Johnson for a goal. Marshall responded yet again, taking a 2-1 lead into the second period.

Worthington sophomore Kody Honius scored unassisted 5:06 into the second period to knot the game yet again. His team was shorthanded at the time.

The Trojans had six penalties through the first period. It was a figure that proved to be a difference maker, Trojans coach Nate Grimmius said.

“We had a lot of penalties in those first two periods and we need to learn from those mistakes,” Grimmius said. “It comes down to the mental part of hockey and we just need to be stronger.”

Knotted at two goals apiece, East put together a pair of goals over a two minute span and the Trojans would not recover.

Worthington’s final goal game at 14:43 of the second period, when Newman found Johnson to cut the game to a 4-3 spread.

Trojans goalie Alex Purdy finished the night facing 43 shots for 38 saves while Worthington put in 16 shots of its own.

“Alex did an excellent job for us in the net tonight facing a lot of shots,” Grimmius said. “Overall I was impressed with our efforts.”

WHS 1 2 0 —3

East 2 2 1—5