Blades finish, Trojans don't in boys hockey loss
WORTHINGTON -- Jared Aamold is a big man between the pipes for the Breckenridge-Wahpeton boys hockey team, and on Friday night his play was huge.
“I had a lot of help,” said Aamold, who registered a shutout as the Blades blanked the Worthington Trojans 4-0 in a non-conference game. “Our defense is great and our D-zone is perfect. We played a good game.”
Aamold, a 6-foot-1, 255-pound junior goalie, notched 17 saves as the Blades prevailed before a large crowd of students, parents and fans at the Worthington Community Ice Arena.
“We have a good squad with a lot of returning starters,” Aamold said. “We have a good team.”
Indeed, on a night when the host Trojans entered the arena waving large American flags to honor family members who have served in the U.S. military, it was the hockey veterans from the Breckenridge-Wahpeton (N.D.) coop that lit up the scoreboard.
Senior forward Thomas Withuski scored two goals, and senior teammates Isaac Wohlers and Brayden Wahl each had one for the Blades, who out-shot the Trojans 29-17.
“We’ve got virtually the same team we had last year, so our kids have a lot of experience playing varsity hockey,” said Blades’ head coach Evan McCall. “They went out and showed what they could do tonight.”
Senior Jase Jensen had three assists for the Blades, who broke open a scoreless game with a pair of goals about 90 seconds apart midway through the first period. Withuski made it 3-0 with about three minutes left in the first stanza, then he added a power-play goal early in the second period.
The Trojans threatened at times, especially in the opening period when WHS had nine shots on goal, but Aamold stood tall.
“We have our chances and we can’t finish. It’s as simple as that,” said a clearly frustrated Trojan head coach Tyler Nienkerk, whose club fell to 1-3. “We’ve got a lot of seniors and a lot of guys that should be able to bury the puck when they get the chance. The difference tonight was their guys did it and we didn’t.”
Nienkerk’s team was led by sophomore Konner Honius.
“Every game he leads the way with his play,” Nienkerk said. “He’s fun to watch. It doesn’t matter what the score is, win or lose, he’s working very hard out there.”
Junior goalie Preston Thavixay had 25 saves in net for the Trojans, who return to Section 3A play on Tuesday at Waseca.
McCall’s Blades, who hope to be a contender in the highly competitive Section 6A, improved to 2-1. The veteran Breckenridge-Wahpeton coach saluted the Worthington program.
“I think every year we see them they get better and better,” McCall said. “Their kids came out and worked hard. That game could have easily been different. I thought they had a couple of chances early, but Jared played a good game in net.”
Breckenridge-Wahpeton 3 1 0 - 4
Worthington 0 0 0 - 0