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Jet-speed ahead: Trojan girls de-ice Cards

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Worthington High School girls hockey player Kessey Aljets (facing camera) is hugged by teammate Taya Oberloh (15) after scoring a goal Tuesday against Fairmont. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- Kessey Aljets said goals and assists are equally as good.

And in Tuesday’s girls hockey game, the sophomore forward had some of each.

Aljets had a hand in all three goals to lead Worthington to a 3-2 victory over Fairmont.

“I think at the beginning, we were a little slow and a little sluggish from the last game,” Aljets said. “I think throughout the game we picked it up. It wasn’t as good as we played last game, but I think we picked it up throughout the game.”

The Trojans (4-5) suffered a tough one-goal loss to Marshall the night before. And that had an impact on the start of Tuesday’s game.

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“It was a good game,” WHS head coach Chad Nickel said. “You can definitely tell we played last night, we were sluggish out of the gate. It was not the same intensity that we had last night. They did show up to play. Not at the level we expect, but I’ll take the win.”

Aljets scored a second-period goal and assisted on two others.

“I think they are pretty equal,” Aljets said of goals and assists. “I think assists maybe are a little better because that’s setting up the play and without assists, you wouldn’t get the goal. But goals do get points on the board. I think it feels good to get a goal. A goal gives you a little spark. But the assist makes you feel good about helping your teammates.”

In the first period, Riley Nickel scored on a breakaway with an assist from Aljets.

Fairmont tied the game early in the second period, but the Trojans answered with two goals.

Aljets scored on an assist from Makenna Nickel to give WHS a 2-1 advantage.

“I was just skating and there was a girl coming at me and I couldn’t really see the net, I just saw the corner,” Aljets said. “I tried to take it and I couldn’t really see it, I just saw everybody else’s hands go up, so I knew it went in.”

Ashton Fogelman scored for the Trojans with 1:14 remaining in the period. She had an assist from Aljets.

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“I was skating down the ice and I was on my forehand and I knew I didn’t really have a good shot because they pushed me to the outside,” Aljets said. “I kind of saw Ashton out of the corner of my eye and I shot it over and I skated around behind the net and I saw the puck go in.”

The Cardinals had a power-play goal in the third, but the WHS defense held in the final minutes.

“I thought of it the other way as it was in Marshall, we were down the last game so I knew they weren’t going to give up, they were going to keep pushing, just like we did,” Aljets said. “I knew that we had to step up on defense and just kind of control it in their end. Not necessarily make shots, but just keep it in their end so they couldn’t get that goalie pulled.”

Worthington finished with 28 shots on goal, compared to 21 for Fairmont. WHS goalie Kaylee Bents made 19 saves.

“I would say our shooting was sluggish out of the start, but it came around,” Chad Nickel said. “The last period, they put in a lot of shots. In our last three games, we’re averaging 29 shots on goal. Our shooting is increasing. With increasing on shots, your chances of scoring come up too.”

Fairmont 0 1 1 -- 2

Worthington 1 2 0 -- 3

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Worthington girls hockey goalie Kaylee Bents lines up to block a shot from Fairmont's Joni Becker (4). (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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