WORTHINGTON -- It was an all too familiar story for the Worthington boys hockey team.
Tuesday’s game against New Ulm followed a similar script as the Trojans’ previous home game. Just like on Saturday, the Trojans took a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately for WHS, the game finished the same as Worthington came up short.
Glav Schugel scored four times and had an assist for New Ulm in Tuesday’s 11-1 victory.
“Once again, we started off good. Then we kind of lose our minds a little bit and it snowballs from there,” WHS head coach Tyler Nienkerk said. “It’s like we get that goal and the adrenaline is too much. They kind of freak out a little bit and start losing guys in the defensive zone. That’s a good staking team. You’re not going to get by with just letting them skate around. They are fast, they are on the puck and they know where their teammates are.”
Kipton Jenson gave the Trojans the early lead with an assist from Konner Honius.
The lead lasted just 20 seconds as New Ulm tied the game. The Eagles took a 3-1 after the first period.
“They are always passing to where they’re going and they are never standing still,” Nienkerk said. “That’s a really good team.”
But it was the second period where the Eagles took off.
New Ulm scored seven goals on 17 shots in the period to make the advantage 10-1.
“Honestly, I kept looking up at the scoreboard wondering if we had a penalty. Because we were just letting them do whatever they wanted. Nobody was being aggressive. Nobody was going after it,” Nienkerk said. “There’s not many of them you can put on the goalie when they have that much traffic. They are able to pick their spot and go.”
The Eagles added one more in the third period. NU finished with 45 shots on goal, compared to 10 shots for Worthington.
Braxten Hoffmann had five assists for New Ulm, while Ethan O’Connor and Sam Keckeisen each had two.
“Obviously not the way we want to be going here at this point in the season,” Nienkerk said. “Somebody is going to have to dig deep and they have to get it figured out.”