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Section 3A boys hockey: Luverne eliminates Worthington; Windom stops Marshall

The Worthington Trojans boys hockey team lost to Luverne 7-1 Thursday in a first-round Section 3A game. The Cardinals advance to play a tough Mankato East squad.

Scoring six unanswered goals to break free from a 1-1 tie, the Luverne High School boys hockey team dispatched Worthington 7-1 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Section 3A tournament at the Blue Mound Ice Arena.

Third-seeded Luverne, 15-10, will play second-seeded Mankato East Saturday (Feb. 26) at All Seasons Event Center in Mankato in the semifinal round, beginning at 4 p.m. In another semifinal game Saturday, Windom Area will play New Ulm in New Ulm at 4 p.m.

The finals will be at Mayo Health System Events Center in Mankato on March 2.

Fifth-seeded Windom Area defeated fourth-seeded Marshall 7-1 in its Thursday game while Mankato East beat seventh-seeded Mankato West 6-0. Top-seeded New Ulm beat eighth-seeded Fairmont 10-1.

Worthington Trojans Alec Langgerud (19) battles for control of the puck with Luverne's Elliot Domagala (12) as Trojans Blake Luinenburg (16) and Cardinals Patrick Kroski untangle after bouncing off the boards during section 3A Tournament play Thursday night at the Blue Mound Ice Arena.
Worthington's Alec Langerud (19) battles for control of the puck with Luverne's Elliot Domagala (12) as Trojans Blake Luinenburg (16) and Cardinals Patrick Kroski untangle after bouncing off the boards Thursday night at the Blue Mound Ice Arena.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Luverne 7, Worthington 1

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LUVERNE -- After a scoreless deadlock in the first period, the Cardinals’ Brock Behrend scored for Luverne in the second, but Worthington’s Konner Honius answered -- with assists from Blake Luinenburg and Alec Langerud -- to even things.

Luverne scored three more goals in the second period and added three in the third, holding the Trojans scoreless. Blaik Bork and Jack Schlosser found the net, then Behrend scored the next two goals for his hat trick. Elliot Domagala put in the last two.

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Fans fill the stands at the Blue Mound Ice Arena in Luverne for the Section 3A boys hockey tournament Thursday night against the Worthington Trojans. Here, Trojans Blake Luinenburg (16) and Jacob Ahrenstorff (5) move in to intercept a pass by Luverne's Elliot Domagala (12).
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Worthington, the sixth seed of the tournament, finishes the year with a 12-14 record.

Luverne’s victory over Worthington was the third this season, though the Trojans came within a point, 5-4, in the two team’s second meeting. In the first, Luverne won 6-3.

“Credit to Luverne. They came out fast right away. We couldn’t match it. Our guys played hard, it just didn’t bounce our way,” said WHS head coach Tyler Nienkerk.

Luverne Cardinals Owen Sudenga (9) slips past Worthington last defender Blake Ahrenstorff (11) and works up a shot at the net covered by Trojans goalie Steven Adams during section 3A Tournament play Thursday night at the Blue Mound Ice Arena.
Luvernes Owen Sudenga (9) slips past Worthington's last defender Blake Ahrenstorff (11) and works up a shot at the net covered by goalie Steven Adams.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

The 0-0 first period tie inspired optimism, at least for a moment, as senior goalkeeper Steven Adams stopped 18 Luverne shot attempts.

“We thought we weathered the storm in the first. Steven played very, very well in the first to keep it at zero-zero. They (the Cardinals) just never slowed down,” Nienkerk said.

For the game, Luverne out-shot Worthington 39-26.

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Luverne head coach Phil Paquette testified to Adams’ strong first period.

“I was really happy with our effort,” he said. “Obviously, our effort was there and the chances were there. Their goalkeeper stood tall and he stopped everything.”

Paquette said the Cards will need to be at the top of their game against Mankato East.

“They have outstanding goaltending and they’ve had a great season. We’re hoping we can just go out there and play perfect hockey. That’s what it’s going to take,” Paquette declared.

Worthington 0 1 0 -- 1

Luverne 0 4 3 -- 7

Windom Area 7, Marshall 1

MARSHALL -- The visiting Eagles held a 6-0 lead on Marshall before the Tigers scored their only goal in the third period, by Zach Kramer.

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Wriley Haugen had two goals for Windom Area, the first and the sixth. Other goals were scored by Zach Espenson, Brady Espenson, Ethan Purrington, Cragen Porath and Vance Koch.

Windom Area out-shot Marshall 31-21.

Windom Area 2 3 2 -- 7

Marshall 0 0 1 -- 1

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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