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Hockey: Trojans start fast but trail off in loss to Fairmont

WORTHINGTON -- It only took Worthington two minutes to score its first goal, but it didn't add another for the next 30 and by that point the game was out of reach. The Trojans fell to Fairmont 8-2 in Big South Conference boys hockey Thursday in W...

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Tim Middagh/Daily Globe Worthington Trojans Colby Nickel (22) and Henry Gonzalez (12) work the puck into the Fairmont zone defended by Logan Vonfeldt and Kaylan Legred(5).

WORTHINGTON -- It only took Worthington two minutes to score its first goal, but it didn’t add another for the next 30 and by that point the game was out of reach. The Trojans fell to Fairmont 8-2 in Big South Conference boys hockey Thursday in Worthington.

The Trojans started the game on fire, flying around the ice and hitting hard. The fast start yielded a Tommy Bauman goal that gave Worthington a 1-0 lead early in the game. Trojans senior forward Jordan Jensen intercepted a Cardinals pass with nothing but open ice in front of him. But a Fairmont defender caught his breakaway, he turned around and centered the puck to Bauman in front of the goal.

“We got the one up on them right away, and then they found the equalizer and didn’t let off,” Worthington assistant coach Brad Foss said. “We got some silly penalties and one 10 minute that hurt us with our numbers. So we made some changes and hoped for the best. We just let it get away from us.”

It only took Fairmont a minute to answer. Cardinals defenseman Leyton Becker found an opening in the Trojans defense and uncorked a slapshot past the goalie to knot it up 1-1 after three minutes.

And from there, the Trojans lost the fire they opened the game with and the Cardinals took control.

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“We spent too much time standing around and reaching instead of skating,” Trojans head coach Paul Olsen said. “It’s hard to play against a team that’s moving when you’re standing still.”

Fairmont took a 2-1 lead with under a minute to go in the first. Tom Havnen stole the puck near mid-ice, weaved around the Trojans defensemen to the left, and scored a top-shelf goal to the far post.

Midway through the second period, the fireworks started for the Cardinals. They scored four goals in just over three-and a-half minutes. Bryan Karp scored  8:30 to go to make it 3-1. Becker scored at 9:59 to make it 4-1. Havnen scored at 11:09 to make it 5-1. And finally, Karsen Legred scored at 12:06 to make it 6-1.

Jordan Jensen made it a little closer for the Trojans with two minutes to go in the second, as he scored a goal with an assist from Tommy Bauman to make it 6-2. He received a pass in stride from Bauman and found a seam between the goalie and the near post.

Kaylan Legred and Becker each added goals for Fairmont in the third, as the Trojans were scoreless.

Fairmont had 32 shots on goal to Worthington’s 26.

Cardinals goalie Colby Kuhl stopped 24 shots and Trojans goalie Carter Ponto also saved 24.

Havnen notched two goals and two assists for Fairmont.

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The Trojans fall to 2-10 and are in action again on Saturday as they host Waseca.

Fairmont 2 4 2 -- 8Worthington 1 1 0 -- 2

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