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Trojan girls win; boys can't come back after falling behind 3-0

Worthington Trojans

WORTHINGTON -- Ashton Fogelman has scored multiple goals in several games during her high school sports career. But she doesn’t keep track of her hat tricks.

When asked by a reporter after Saturday’s 5-1 Worthington High School victory over visiting Morris/Benson how many 3s she’s collected just this season, she wasn’t sure.

“Three? Right, Chad?” she asked her head coach, who stood nearby. “I’m gonna go with two.”

Fogelman, a junior forward, scored three times in Saturday’s game as the Trojans outscored the Storm 4-0 in the final two periods.

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In the boys game that followed, Morris/Benson gained revenge in a 4-2 win, outscoring the hosts 3-0 in the first period as the first two goals came on power plays.

Girls

Worthington 5, M/B 1

Morris/Benson peppered the WHS net often in the first period -- a period that Trojans coach Chad Nickel called “sluggish.”

“I think we came out sluggish, but that’s probably due to not having a game in almost two weeks. But in the second period they came out and played the way they normally do,” he said.

Fogelman scored the game’s first goal with 12:19 remaining in the first period, with an assist from Kya Nickel. M/B answered back less than four minutes later with a Kortney Sanasack score.

But only 29 seconds ticked off in the second period when Worthington took the lead on a goal from Nickel, and Fogelman had the assist. Early in the period, the Trojans put lots of pressure on the Morris/Benson net, and though they didn’t score again until the third period, they moved and passed persuasively.

“We really applied pressure in the second period,” Coach Nickel said. “I would say we spent 95 percent of the time in the second period in the offensive zone. (After the first period) I essentially told ‘em, ‘You’re done with the break. It’s time to play hockey the way you’re supposed to.”

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A third-period goal by Hannah Barrie, and two more by Fogelman finished the scoring. Fogelman and Brynne White had assists on Barrie’s goal, and Kessie Aljets had an assist on the last one.

Coach Nickel said this year appears to be different for the Trojans.

“My goal is to get these kids to be competitive, and they are there,” he said.

Fogelman agreed, saying, “We finally have gotten to the point that we can move the puck around instead of just throwing it out there.”

Morris/Benson 1 0 0 -- 1

Worthington 1 1 3 -- 5

Boys

M/B 4, Worthington 2

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Penalties put Morris/Benson in a five-minute power play opportunity in the opening period, and the Storm cashed in the opportunity as Tim Blume broke a scoreless tie with 7:55 on the clock. Then at 6:16 -- still in the power play -- the Storm scored again on another Blume goal.

Two minutes later, the score was 3-0 as Zach Bruns put in a goal.

Bruns is the No. 2 goal-scorer in Minnesota state high school boys hockey. You don’t want to be trailing 3-0 early against a team with such firepower, said WHS head coach Tyler Nienkerk.

The penalties put the Trojans behind the 8-ball.

“It’s a good, hard-working team. But it doesn’t matter. You can’t be in the box like that,” Nienkerk said.

Worthington came out aggressively in the second period and finally got on the board with a shot from sophomore wing Konner Honius, who lifted the puck from 15 feet away and dropped it into the upper right corner of the net. Kipton Jenson was credited with an assist.

But the Storm made it 4-1 on a goal from Kaleb Breuer with 8:35 remaining in the third period. He took a loose puck about eight feet in front of the WHS goal and put it in by himself.

Colby Nickel scored the second Worthington goal with 1:16 remaining in the game.

“I thought even-strength, we kind of had the better of the play,” Nienkerk said. But the penalties put the Trojans in a hole they could not climb out of against one of the better teams they’ll play this winter.

“I thought we played real well in the second period. And we had a lot of chances. We just weren’t able to bury ‘em,” Nienkerk summed up.

Morris/Benson had 29 shots on goal compared to Worthington’s 25.

Morris/Benson 3 0 1 -- 4

Worthington 0 1 1 -- 2

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