WORTHINGTON -- There’s just something about New Ulm that gives the Worthington girls hockey team fits.
The Eagles handed the Trojans a 7-0 loss earlier this year. On Tuesday, the Eagles continued to wreak havoc on WHS in an 8-1 decision.
“I think a lot of it is, subconsciously, they girls are going into this somewhat on a negative note from the start,” WHS head coach Chad Nickel said. “Open mindedly, they aren't thinking that, but subconsciously, I think they are.”
The Eagle defense stymied the Trojan offense all night. Worthington entered the game averaging nearly four goals per contest. But shots were hard to come by.
While WHS had chances in the offensive zone, it struggled to get any shots on net. It took until the third period before the Trojans put a shot on goal.
With six minutes, 13 seconds remaining, Ashton Fogelman poked the puck away from a New Ulm player deep in the zone. Her shot was good to put the Trojans on the board.
It turned out to be Worthington’s only shot all night.
“Unfortunately, we had a very poor showing tonight,” Nickel said. “We weren’t winning the races. Even the opportunities we had to get down in the offensive zone, we failed to make the shot. Fortunately, Ashton picked up our one and only shot and scored a goal with it.”
New Ulm scored three times in the first period -- including once short handed. The Eagles added five more in the second on 21 shots. NU finished with 47 shots on goal.
“Their passing was on. Their knowledge of passing lanes, they are where they are supposed to be. And our girls weren’t picking up on it tonight,” Nickel said. “The girls couldn’t read passing lanes tonight. They just couldn’t win those races. We were losing the battles in the corners, too.”
Molly Scheid and Morgan Klein each scored twice for the Eagles. Jayda Helget led with four assists, while Klein had three assists. Maddi O’Connor, Afton Hulke, Ally Steffensmeier and Brooke Arneson each had a goal.
The Trojans will look to get back on track as they host Minnesota River on Saturday.
“Every game is winnable,” Nickel said. “It depends if you show up or not.”