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Boys hockey: Trojans outshot, outscored at home

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Worthington Trojan Rylan Baumhoefner (14) brings the puck up the ice during Thursday night’s boys hockey game in Worthington.

WORTHINGTON — Worthington struggled in its defensive zone through a 4-0 boys hockey loss Thursday night to the Sioux Falls Flyers.

The Trojans surrendered a goal in the first period and two in the second frame toward the loss.

Sioux Falls scored 6:03 into the first period when Wyatt Nielsen took an assist from Zach Bettmeng.

Jacob Otta took a feed from Caleb Anderson and Zaccheaus Christopherson for the Flyers, pushing the lead to two goals 3:01 into the second frame.

Nielsen scored his second goal at 15:18 of the second period on an assist shared by Sam Hoekstra and Bettmeng. Anderson finished it off 16:16 into the final period to get the win.

Trojans goalkeeper Alex Purdy faced 27 shots, saving 24 of them on the night. Worthington earned 15 shots of its own on the night.

“Things just weren’t clicking for us tonight. We had opportunities but couldn’t quite capitalize on them,” Trojans coach Nate Grimmius said.

Waseca comes to town Saturday, facing Worthington in the second match of a doubleheader at the Worthington Ice Arena. The puck drops at noon for the girls match with the boys to follow at approximately 2 p.m.

The Trojans fell 5-3 last year to the Jays. Grimmius said he expects a similar contest but hopes his team can turn the tides and get a win.

“I know that last year we played them tough,” Grimmius said. “I expect about the same type of team from them as we saw last year.”

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