Courtesy of the Worthington Daily Globe.
WORTHINGTON — Molly Boyum didn’t say that the Worthington Trojans are her favorite hockey team to play against, but it would’ve made sense. The Windom Area sophomore scored four goals against the Trojans Tuesday night in an 8-1 Eagles victory.
“This is the most points I’ve scored in a game, ever,” she testified after the game.
But it was only one more than she scored the first time the Trojans and Eagles played this year, back on Dec. 3. In that game, which resulted in a 5-0 Windom Area triumph, she had a hat trick.
In Tuesday’s contest at the Worthington ice arena featuring two teams hard-pressed for victories, Windom Area advanced to 3-17 on the season while dropping Worthington to 0-17.
Worthington wasn’t without a few bright moments on Tuesday, however, and the brightest of all was a second-period goal by junior wing Taylor Bryngelson that knotted the score at 1-1. The goal — Worthington’s third of the season — inspired a buzz among Trojan fans that lasted for more than three minutes until Boyum scored her second goal of the game. A third Windom Area goal only 11 seconds later made the score 3-1, and the Eagles were firmly in control.
Windom Area head coach Bill Fredin said his team appeared flat early in the game. “We didn’t start out the fastest, but I think they (the Trojans) were playing a little harder, too,” he said.
“Sometimes bus rides can do that,” said Boyum when told what her coach had said.
It was Boyum who scored Windom Area’s first goal when, with 7:24 showing on the clock, she picked up a loose puck in front of Worthington’s net and slid it in.
With 2:33 gone in the second period Bryngelson answered with a shot from about 10 feet away, and the assist went to eighth-grader Kya Nickel.
The tie was short-lived, however. Boyum, a fast skater and deft stick-handler, moved almost the length of the ice to get her second goal. Then only seconds later teammate Kaylee Rosenkranz scored again. Another goal by Anna Volk just 15.5 seconds before the period ended gave WAHS a 4-1 lead heading into the third period.
Third-period goals by Boyum, Katrina LaCanne, Abby Ignaszewski and, finally, Boyum in the final minute, closed it out.
Worthington wasn’t without other scoring opportunities. The Trojans had a few power play chances, and at times they were able to apply pressure on the visitors, but no goals were forthcoming.
Boyum, said Fredin has been a team leader throughout the season. “She’s our leading scorer by far. She’s pretty young yet. She basically leads by example. She’s a strong skater,” he said.
“I just wanna not just put the puck in the net, but set everybody else up. They say that speed kills, but also teamwork,” Boyum said. “I think we’ve got a couple more (wins) in us. Our goal this year is to win a playoff game, and I definitely think we can do that.”
Windom Area 1 3 4 — 8
Worthington 0 1 0 — 1