Boys hockey: Bulldogs pass the puck, beat Worthington

WORTHINGTON -- There were good and bad times Saturday for Worthington.The rough patches out-weighed the prosperous ones, however, and the Trojans dropped an 8-0 Big South Conference decision against St. Peter/Le Sueur-Henderson/Tri-City United/Cl...

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ZACH HACKER/DAILY GLOBE Worthington senior Owen Hohensee (24) makes a nice move to get past Brandan Pelowski (17) of SP/LSH/TCU/C Saturday during the Trojans’ 8-0 Big South Conference loss at Worthington Arena.


WORTHINGTON - There were good and bad times Saturday for Worthington.
The rough patches out-weighed the prosperous ones, however, and the Trojans dropped an 8-0 Big South Conference decision against St. Peter/Le Sueur-Henderson/Tri-City United/Cleveland at Worthington Arena.
“There were stretches where we played great,” said Worthington head coach Paul Olsen. “But then there were stretches where we couldn’t do anything right.”
Even so, the game wasn’t as lopsided as the score - and the 49-20 shotS on goal advantage in favor of the Bulldogs - might indicate. For the most part, time spent in each team’s zone was close to even with plenty of action in the neutral zone to boot. SP/LSH/TCU/C just managed to do more with its chances.
That, according to Olsen, boiled down to passing.
“They made better passes when they got it into our zone than we did,” he said. “We struggled to make good passes when we got into their zone. But, no, I didn’t think the score was very indicative of how close the game was.”
The Trojans were nearly first on the scoreboard when they got something cooking just a minute into the game. Lance Hibma took a nice crossing pass right-to-left from Tony Lopez and had a good look at the goal. Bulldog goalie Zeke Haugen was there to snag it with his glove.
At the 2:14 mark of the first, the Bulldogs’ senior standout forward, Alex Hoehn went 5-hole to put his team on the board with an unassisted goal.
Lopez had a shot snared by Haugen at the 6:30 mark and the home team remained scoreless. The score was still 1-0 with 11:30 gone by when Bryce Olsen made a nice back-handed crosser to Karter Honius. This time, Haugen used his leg to keep the puck from reaching its intended target.
“(When things went well) we were looking for where we were going to go next,” Coach Olsen said. “We were moving our feet and everyone was taking care of their own responsibility.”
The Trojans hit one of their rough stretches with clock showing less than five minutes in the first. Isaac Westphal and Brandan Pelowski scored two goals only 16 seconds apart. Despite another good scoring chance for Jordan Jensen, Worthington went into the first intermission trailing 3-0.
McCray Grams put SP/LSH/TCU/C up 4-0 early in the second before the Trojans nearly cut into the deficit. Hibma gained control out of a scrum in front of the net and had the left side of the net open. Haugen sprawled out for a diving save.
Westphal added his second goal of the night at the 6:56 mark of the second. Worthington made two nice penalty kills as the period drew to a close, but the Bulldogs still held a comfortable 5-0 lead. Goal number two of the afternoon for Hoehn with 4:40 gone by in the third started a running clock.
Grams scored again on a wraparound before Westphal completed the hat-trick late in the contest to bring the game to its final.
Worthington goalie Gage Langerud was 41-for-49 on save opportunities with Haugen stopping all 20 of the shots he faced for a shutout.
The Trojans (0-4 overall, 0-3 Big South) will try to get things turned in the right direction at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Redwood Valley.
“We’re gonna try to change things up a bit,” Coach Olsen said. “We’re gonna see if we can’t create a little more offense and get a little stronger defensively.”
SP/LSH/TCU/C 3 2 3 - 8
Worthington 0 0 0 - 0

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