Boys hockey: Nickel shines, but Trojans lose 5-3
BY AARON HAGEN The Globe WORTHINGTON -- Colby Nickel said it was his best game. Unfortunately for the sophomore on Worthington's boys hockey team, it came in a losing effort. Nickel had a hand in all three of the Trojans' goals Tuesday night, but...
BY AARON HAGEN
WORTHINGTON -- Colby Nickel said it was his best game.
Unfortunately for the sophomore on Worthington’s boys hockey team, it came in a losing effort.
Nickel had a hand in all three of the Trojans’ goals Tuesday night, but Fairmont earned a 5-3 victory.
“We didn’t show up to play,” Nickel said. “We thought we were going to win from the start. We should have came out a lot harder and a lot faster. But we didn’t. It is what it is. Hopefully when we play them later this year we can come out harder knowing that they will beat us if we don’t.”
Nickel scored twice and had an assist as WHS scored a goal in each period.
“I’m pretty happy with that. It’s my best game this year and last year,” he said. “It was fun to play, I just wish we could have won.”
The Trojans had a season-high 41 shots on goal. But Cardinal goalie Colby Kuhl made 38 saves. Fairmont finished with 21 shots.
“The shots weren’t exactly from what you call high percentage shots,” WHS head coach Paul Olsen said. “They were pretty low percentage shots from the outside. Slap shots from the blue line aren’t going to score many goals.”
Both teams had a slow start as it took more than five minutes for either side to get a shot on goal.
However, WHS struck first. Nickel took a pass from Zach Ahrenstorff and found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead.
“It felt really good, it was four on four,” Nickel said. “I just turned around and shot it on net and hoped it went in. And it did. It felt pretty good to be ahead for the first time this year.”
FHS’ Hudson Artz scored the equalizer midway through the period as the two teams were tied at the first intermission.
However, the beginning of the second period belonged to the Cardinals. Fairmont scored three times in the first six minutes as the Cardinals scored four times on their first seven shots of the game.
“We usually have a second-period letdown where they score a lot and we just slow down a lot,” Nickel said. “It’s not easy when we do that and then we all get mad at each other and it falls apart for the third period too.”
Eric Heidebrink scored a goal -- with an assist from Nickel -- as WHS trailed 4-2 after the second period.
Nickel scored his second goal of the game on a power play as Heidebrink assisted. With 14:48 remaining in the game, the Trojans trailed by one.
“I think it was a little lucky,” Nickel said. “I had a nice pass from Eric. I just shot it on net and hoped it would at least hit the net and maybe somebody would finish fo me.”
Any hope of a comeback was thwarted as the Cardinals scored on a five-on-three en route to their first victory of the season.
“They had trouble putting things together tonight,” Olsen said. “We started losing the races to the puck. When they get up on us, we haven’t been able to fight back from deficits this year.”
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