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Boys hockey: 4-goal second period lifts Worthington

REDWOOD FALLS —Nick Newman recorded a hat trick, Alex Kremer notched a three-assist playmaker and senior goalie Alex Purdy turned away 40 shots on goal Tuesday night as the Worthington Trojans utilized a four-goal second period to earn a 5-3 high school boys’ hockey victory over Redwood Valley.

“The boys came out and worked really hard in the second period,” declared WHS head coach Nate Grimmius. “That was the difference. We had a lot of guys play well and this was a nice win for our team.”

After Redwood Valley freshman Alex Olson scored the game’s first goal (11:52 mark) midway through the first period, Newman started Worthington’s second-period barrage with his first goal 21 seconds in —taking assists from Andrew Johnson and Zach Heidebrink.

At the 7:17 mark, Johnson scored on assists from Newman and Kremer.

Newman found the net again (short-handed goal, assist Kremer) 14:05 into the period, giving the Trojans a 3-1 lead.

Redwood freshman Bailey Sommers sliced the gap to 3-2 with a power play goal 41 seconds later.

Johnson capped the explosive second period with his second goal —at the 16:05 mark —utilizing assists from Newman and Kremer.

The score stayed at 4-2 for the next 14 minutes as Purdy continued to make saves in the net for the Trojans.

But 10:04 into the third period, RV senior Logan Sandgren took an assist from Jacob Prouty on the power play and his goal trimmed Worthington’s lead to 4-3.

Newman put the Trojans back up by two 82 seconds later with an unassisted goal, completing his hat trick (three goals) performance.

Newman, a junior, finished the night with five points, as he also had a pair of assists for the Trojans.

Worthington travels to tangle with Windom Area Thursday.

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