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Prep hockey: Trojan boys nearly pull off big upset

The Worthington High School boys hockey team hasn't found its way on the winning side of games this season, but on Friday the Trojans came awfully close to pulling off an upset.

The Worthington High School boys hockey team hasn’t found its way on the winning side of games this season, but on Friday the Trojans came awfully close to pulling off an upset.

Wadena-Deer Creek had to go into overtime to nip the Trojans 3-2 at its own holiday tournament. The hosts couldn’t shake the visitors despite a nearly 3-1 shots-on-goal advantage.

Meanwhile, the Trojan girls hockey team fell 11-2 Friday to Rochester John Marshall in Austin.

Boys W-DC 3, Worthington 2 (OT) WADENA -- Wadena-Deer Creek’s Jackson Becker scored the game-winner at the 1:09 mark in overtime, finally putting the pesky Trojans to rest.

Until then, it was anyone’s game.

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“We finally put together three solid periods,” said WHS head coach Paul Olsen. “We were doing a lot of things right. It was kind of nice.”

Worthington scored the only goal in the first period as Tommy Bauman put the puck into the net at the 15:24 mark. Wadena-Deer Creek scored early in the second period on a goal by Rylan Olson, but the Trojans went back out in front as Bryce Olsen scored on a power play assisted by Bauman.

Still in the second period, Wadena-Deer Creek’s Max Phillips evened the game at 2-2 while assisted by Andrew Sundby and Logan Robinson.

Neither team scored in the third period, setting up Becker’s heroics for overtime.

The win pushed Wadena-Deer Creek to 9-3 on the season while dropping Worthington to 0-12.

For the game, W-DC put 51 shots on goal compared to Worthington’s 18. Worthington senior goalkeeper Carter Ponto made 48 saves.

Coach Olsen said the Trojans anticipated W-DC’s passes well, intercepted many of them, and were able to get into their offense quickly. Meanwhile, they kept W-DC from getting into its own offensive flow.

“These guys are starting to figure out what it takes, and they put it together tonight,” said Coach Olsen. “I think (Wadena-Deer Creek) was looking for a cakewalk and a turned out to be a pretty good game.”

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Worthington 1 1 0 0 -- 2Wadena-Deer Creek 0 2 0 1 -- 3 Girls RJM 11, Worthington 2 AUSTIN -- Kessy Aljets and McKenna Nickel broke into the scoring column for Worthington, but Rochester John Marshall’s offense was too much. The Rockets scored four goals in the first period and five in the second to take over the game.

Aljets scored the Trojans’ first goal in the first period, with an assist from Nickel. Then Nickel scored the second goal in the second period, assisted by Aljets.

Ashley Koehler and Ally Halverson each had three goals for John Marshall, which out-shot Worthington 52-21 for the game. The Rockets put 24 shots on goal to Worthington’s five in the second period. In the third period, both teams attempted seven shots.

Worthington 1 1 0 -- 2RJohn Marshall 4 5 1 -- 11

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