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Boys hockey: Trojans wait, then win


MINNEAPOLIS — The wait was long, but the Worthington Trojans boys hockey team eventually recorded a victory Thursday in the first round of the Minnehaha Academy JV Tournament.

The Worthington contingent arrived at 10:45 a.m. to practice for a 12:30 p.m. game in the Twin Cities area tourney, but no one had set up the tournament. The Trojans began skating in warmups and, after a time, they were sent back to the warmup area, said Worthington head coach Nate Grimmius. Later, they returned to the ice to practice some more, and still the officials weren’t there.

Apparently, said Grimmius, the regular officials were told the wrong date of the tournament. Finally, a makeshift crew was assembled and the game got under way at about 1:15 p.m.

Worthington won it, 7-4. Tony Lopez had three goals (a hat trick) for the Trojans while Andrew Johnson and Nick Newman contributed two goals apiece.

Gage Langerud was in goal for the Trojans.

Worthington will play again today in a 2:30 p.m. start against either Minnehaha JV or Morris-Benson JV.

Grimmius said the Trojans started out slow, then “cleaned some things up by the third period.”

He added: “It’s a nice win, but we understand it’s still just a JV tournament. We’re expecting better play tomorrow.”