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Girls hockey: On the cusp of success, Trojans fall 9-1 to Waseca

BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE Worthington's Betsy Thompson (5) skates away from a pair of Waseca defenders during Saturday afternoon’s girls hockey game in Worthington. 1 / 2
BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE Worthington eighth-grader Bailey Kruse (88) moves in on a Waseca player during Saturday’s game in Worthington. 2 / 2

The Trojans rallied from a rough first two frames but dropped their fifth game of the season 9-1.

“Our first period is a little weak right now but we’re getting stronger,” Kramer said. “Every game we’ve gotten better and with every game we’re progressing. It is frustrating that everyone is attacking us right away (in games), but we’re getting there.”

The Bluejays took a commanding presence offensively in the first period, outshooting Worthington 23-3. Kramer, freshman wing Taylor Bryngelson and junior wing Emily Williamson each had quality shots for the Trojans in the first frame but were denied each time.

Waseca meanwhile racked up four first period goals. Sam Meyer scored unassisted for the Bluejays, 3:39 in from the left side, to hand her team the intitial lead of the game. Aly Storjohan took a feed from Lexi Hodgking 8:32 into the game and Cali Pederson added another on her own at 11:28 of the first period. Katie Johnson scored for the Bluejays 14:17 in to close the first period’s scoring.

The Trojans surrendered four more goals in the second frame. Two came from junior Olivia McIntosh and one each were scored by Averi Dahlberg and Maddy Knoll. McIntosh finished off a hat trick when she tacked on her team’s last goal of the game.

Kramer’s goal came 12:48 into the final period. Williamson took the puck in the back right corner of her own attacking zone and fed it to Kramer, who stood right in front of the net. Kramer sealed the deal.

The Trojans shot even with Waseca in the final two periods.

“We were in a tough situation but we didn’t want to give up. We kept coming and our passing got a lot better,” Kramer said. “Emily made a great pass.”

The Trojans pieced together 18 shots in all against Waseca’s 43. Worthington has improved with each step this season and is poised to continue that track. Amanda Bristow, the Trojans’ senior goaltender, saved 34 shots in the win.

“Our girls definitely came out in the second period with a little fire under them. We had some offensive zone time where we had several shots,” Trojans coach Eric Milbrath said. “I think this year is the highest shot total that we’ve had. That is a huge improvement.”

The Trojans dropped to 0-5 on the season and go to work for a pair of games in the upcoming week, against Fairmont on Tuesday and Luverne Thursday.

“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing in practice,” Milbrath said. “It is a lot of the basics. That is what we need right now. With each week, we’re adding in a few different drills or plays that we want to do. This week was really good in practice. That was good to see. We have a tough week ahead of us and we’ll have to bring our “A” game.”

Waseca 4 4 1 —9

Worthington 0 0 1 —1 

Caleb Nelson
Caleb Nelson is the Daily Globe sports writer. He hails from southwest Iowa and served as sports editor at the Audubon County Advocate Journal there for 2 ½ years before moving to Worthington in October 2013. Caleb trys to enjoy life and everybody that he meets. He enjoys music, playing guitar and drums, and is an avid sports fan. 
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