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Prep boys hockey: Worthington battles, comes up just short

WORTHINGTON -- It didn't take Jordan Jensen long to score the game's first goal. A junior forward on Worthington's boys hockey team, Jensen scored twice in Tuesday's game against Fairmont, including one in the first two minutes. However, the Card...

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AARON HAGEN/DAILY GLOBE Worthington junior forward Jordan Jensen (20) passes the puck around Bryan Karp (21) of Fairmont during the Trojans’ 3-2 home loss to Fairmont Tuesday. Jensen scored both of Worthington’s goals.

WORTHINGTON - It didn’t take Jordan Jensen long to score the game’s first goal.
A junior forward on Worthington’s boys hockey team, Jensen scored twice in Tuesday’s game against Fairmont, including one in the first two minutes. However, the Cardinals countered with three unanswered goals. Jensen added a goal late, but Fairmont escaped with a 3-2 victory.
“I thought we played good, but obviously we didn’t play good enough,” Jensen said. “We did things well, but we did things not well. We had way too many penalties. Way too many. You can’t play shorthanded. You can’t win games when you’re down five on four, it just doesn’t work.”
The Trojans were penalized eight times in the game, while Fairmont had seven penalties.
“When the score sheet is two pages long because of the penalties, you can’t play any game like that,” WHS head coach Paul Olsen said. “You can’t play any offense when you spend most of your time shorthanded.”
Worthington’s first goal came just 1 minute, 28 seconds into the game. Karter Honius had a shot on goal, but Fairmont’s Colby Kuhl made the save. That’s when Jensen found the rebound and put it in the net -giving WHS an early 1-0 lead.
“It’s good to get the two goals, but I wish I could have helped the team better,” Jensen said. “The first goal, I can’t even give credit to myself. It was a shot from Karter Honius and it just sat there. I just popped it in, but Karter had the shot. I was excited. I thought, ‘Hey, maybe we can start a run here and get a couple goals real quick.’ We had the opportunities, we just didn’t capitalize.”
Fairmont’s Brady Jensen tied the game with 5:55 remaining in the first period with assists from Avery Mahlman and Tanner DeWar.
Worthington had three penalties in the second period, and was able to kill two of them.
“You can’t get any offense going,” Jordan Jensen said. “You can if you’re lucky, but it’s mostly luck if you can get any offense going on a penalty kill.”
On one of those power plays, Fairmont’s Reilly Hoefker scored on an assist from Tom Havnen with 7:08 remaining, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 advantage.
Fairmont’s Ethan Lubenow scored the Cardinals’ third goal with 14:18 remaining in the game as the Trojans were faced with a 3-1 deficit.
“This is a game that we definitely should have won,” Olsen said. “Again, we just had a second-period letdown and the guys were letting the calls or what they thought were missed calls get into their heads. That took them out of their game. That’s our problem, we start well, we finish well, it’s just that lull in the middle that we have to take care of.”
With 4:46 left, Worthington went on a power play. Jordan Jensen capitalized on his opportunity.
“I had my two line mates, Tommy Bauman and Karter Honius circling around,” he said. “They just got it, they left me alone out in front of the net and I popped it in.”
The goal, which came with 3:03 remaining, cut the deficit to one, 3-2. WHS fought hard to the end, but the rally came up just short.
“That’s what we try to do, that’s the way this team plays,” Olsen said of his team’s fight to the end. “But we’re getting real tired of the moral victories. We want one in the win column.”
The Trojans, who are 0-10 this season, will be at Luverne on Friday.
“It’s exciting to play good competition, that’s how you prove yourself, play the best,” Jordan Jensen said. “I think we can show them that we are not as bad as they think.”
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