Courtesy of the Worthington Daily Globe.
WORTHINGTON — Two days after playing one of its best games all year, the Worthington girls hockey team struggled to find the same spark.
The Fairmont Cardinals used a six-goal second period to come away with a 10-0 victory Thursday night at the Worthington Arena.
“I think we were all tired,” Worthington junior Alyssa Landwehr said. “We were kind of panicked because we did so good on Tuesday, so we were like, ‘Oh, we have to do good, we have to show what we just did.’ I think we just panicked and didn’t get it.”
On Tuesday, the Trojans skated with Marshall in a 3-1 loss. Thursday, the Trojans and Cardinals played scoreless in the first seven minutes.
However, Taylor Nuss scored to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Fairmont’s Myah Lytle added another goal with less than two minutes remaining in the period to give the visiting team a 2-0 lead.
The second period proved to be a good one for Fairmont. Brooke Lemon started the scoring less than four minutes in. Jalyssa Wilson added a goal less than a minute later before Nuss scored shorthanded three minutes after that. Nuss completed her hat trick a minute and a half later, pushing the lead to 6-0. Jordyn Junkermeier and Wilson rounded out the scoring in the period for Fairmont.
“We all got frustrated with each other,” Landwehr said. “We all just got down. But in the third period, we told each other that it’s OK and we just picked each other up. That’s how we got it together for the third period.”
The third period was better for the Trojans. Anna Nordquist and Bailey Chaffee each scored for the Cardinals, but WHS was able to press the puck out of its zone more in the final 17 minutes.
“Fairmont came out quick,” WHS head coach Eric Milbrath said. “I think that set us back on our heels a little bit and we never got off of them. We got a little panicked in the second period. It was one thing after another and kind of snowballed downhill. In the third period, we came in the locker room, we got everybody back on a positive note. Everybody was kind of frustrated and down. We just wanted to get everybody positive and we wanted to finish strong and finish on a good note. I believe we did that. Things happen, it’s just a bad game. You have to forget about it and move on.”
WHS goalie Bailey Kruse made 45 saves, while Kaylee Bents had 10 stops on the night. After scoring in two consecutive games, the Trojans were able to muster only two shots on goal Thursday.
“We definitely wanted it,” Landwehr said. “We didn’t get the passes and just didn’t make it.”
The Trojans are at Waseca on Monday before returning home Tuesday.
“We have a weekend to get over it and pick ourselves up,” Landwehr said. “We’ll have fresh legs by Monday at Waseca.”
Fairmont 2 6 2 — 10
Worthington 0 0 0 — 0