Luverne girls hockey team blanks Worthington
WORTHINGTON -- There are plenty of options offensively for the Luverne girls hockey team.
And that firepower was on display in Tuesday’s 8-0 victory over Worthington.
“It was fun,” Luverne’s Rylee Gee said. “We haven’t had a game like that in a while, so it was really an adrenaline rush after we got the first couple of goals. We’ve been working hard in practice to fix things. We definitely used a lot of things we’ve been working on. We’re really happy with how the game turned out.”
Five different players scored for the Cardinals against the Trojans.
“It’s knowing that you can’t win individually, you have to win as a team,” said Gee, who had two goals and two assists. “We have a lot of talent that’s spread out across a bunch of people. I feel like that makes the team even stronger. If you have one person carrying the team, then it’s not even really fun to play because you know one person is going to save you.”
The Cardinals’ Kamryn Van Batavia scored midway through the first period. But it was a six-minute span between the end of the first and the beginning of the second that put the game away.
“There’s always that point when you walk back into the locker room after the first period and everyone was like, ‘We could do better,’” Gee said. “After that first period, you kind of figure out what you need to fix... We went out there thinking we were going to play better.”
Roz Oye scored with 1:08 remaining before the first intermission and Van Batavia added a goal 28 seconds later. Within the first five minutes of the second period, the Cardinals scored three more times to lead 6-0. Gee, Reghan Bork and Claire Baustian each had a goal.
“The end of the first when we were able to pop a couple in there late, that carried over into the second. We just kind of had things moving and going and we were doing the little things right. It was fun,” LHS head coach Tony Sandbulte said. “Things were clicking and pucks were falling. We had a few breaks in there. Credit to us for getting pucks to the net.”
Oye scored again and Gee added her second to push the lead to 8-0 after two periods. Baustian added two assists on Tuesday, while Billi Connell had two assists and Mallory Nelson and Shelby Kracht each had one.
The Cardinals finished with 38 shots on goal, while the Trojans had 17, which were all stopped by LHS goalie Cheyenne Schutz.
“They started moving and our girls got caught,” WHS head coach Chad Nickel said. “They moved the puck and the girls didn’t move with them. They had good shots. They have three or four girls that know where to put the puck. We got caught chasing and that’s when the flurry started. Once they stopped chasing, then it stopped.”
Luverne 3 5 0 -- 8
Worthington 0 0 0 -- 0