Trojan girls hockey shuts out Cardinals
Fairmont Area's boys hockey nets 1st win of season
FAIRMONT — The Worthington Trojans almost had a nickel for every score they made. The cousin tandem of eighth-grade forward McKenna Nickel and sophomore forward Kya Nickel combined equally for four points in the Trojans’ 6-0 Big South Conference girls hockey win over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Tuesday night.
The younger Nickel got the Trojans on the board early in the first period when she used an assist from eighth-grade forward Kessey Aljets to sneak a goal in past Cardinals senior goalie Emily O’Connor.
With 7:08 remaining in the opening frame, sophomore defender Hannah Barrie rebounded Aljets’ rejected shot for a power-play goal and 2-0 advantage.
Aljets traded her assisting ways to get on the scoreboard. McKenna Nickel connected with Aljets, who stuffed the puck into the goal with 2:04 to go in the period.
Less than a minute later, Trojans freshman Ashton Fogelman beat everyone up the ice and turned a loose puck into another score, sending the visitors into the first intermission with a 4-0 lead.
“Worthington is a hard-working team,” Cardinals head coach Ashley Olson said. “They won races to the puck and came out on top of several one-on-one battles and those two things make a huge difference in competitive games.”
The Cardinals did manage to keep the Trojans off the board in the middle period and outshot the team, 10-8. Senior goalie Bailey Kruse and the Trojans defense, however, also prevented any Cardinal scoring and held the home team to only two shots on goal when Fogelman had been assessed a two-minute penalty for hooking.
Kruse totaled 33 saves in the shutout win, including a last-second attempt from the Cardinals with five seconds left in the contest.
“Kruse played an outstanding game. She’s a skilled goaltender that’s seen a lot of shots in her career,” Olson said.
Where one cousin left off, the other picked up. Kya Nickel assisted on both of the Trojans’ third-period goals. Kya Nickel was able to pass the puck out of traffic to Fogelman, who caught O’Connor offguard for her second score 3:40 into the period.
Sophomore forward Delayne Kuhl then successfully scored after four failed Trojan tries to start running time at the 8:43 mark of the final frame for the regular season sweep.
The Trojans beat the Cardinals, 3-0, in Worthington two weeks prior to Tuesday’s game at Martin County Arena.
“In our next contest with Worthington, we need to work harder to capitalize on opportunities we create by picking holes and scrounging for rebounds when they’re there,” Olson said.
Fairmont Area (1-10) plays a doubleheader against Marshall, starting with the girls teams at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.
W — McKenna Nickel (Kessy Aljets), 12:34.
W — Hannah Barrie (Aljets), 7:08.
W — Aljets (McKenna Nickel), 2:04.
W — Ashton Fogelman (unassisted), 1:16.
W — Fogelman (Kya Nickel), 13:20.
W — Delayne Kuhl (Kya Nickel), 8:43.
Shots on goal: Worthington 20-8-14–42; Fairmont Area 8-10-15–33.
Saves: Emily O’Connor (FA) 16-8-12–36; Bailey Kruse (W) 8-10-15–33.
Penalties: Worthington 2 for 4 minutes; Fairmont Area 2 for 4 minutes.
Power-play chances: Worthington 1-for-2; Fairmont Area 0-for-2.
Fairmont Area 5, Worthington 3 — Tanner DeWar scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Cardinals to their first win of the season against the Trojans during Big South Conference action on Tuesday in Worthington.
DeWar scored an unassisted goal during the Cardinals’ three-goal second period. Carson Kuhl and Karson Legred, with the assist from Jacob Mitchell, also scored during the frame.
Hudson Artz scored the Cardinals’ first goal of the night for a 1-all tie after the first period. DeWar then assisted on Sam Mensing’s goal in the third period.
Goaltender Colby Kuhl made 38 saves in the net for a Cardinals team that tallied 20 shots on goal.
No statistics were reported by the team.
Fairmont Area (1-8) plays the second game of a doubleheader with Marshall, with a tentative start time of 7 p.m. Thursday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.