Cardinals’ Artz nets GW goal in OT

HAVNEN SCORES! — Fairmont Area forward Thomas Havnen (11) beats Worthington goaltender Preston Thavixay (30) for a goal during Big South Conference hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Sam Mensing (5) and Tony Nuss (right) watch the goal-scoring play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area Cardinals boys hockey team’s postgame cookies were a little sweeter than usual on Thursday night, especially for eighth-grade standout forward Hudson Artz.

After scoring his first goal on Nov. 30, Artz delivered the game-winning score to lead the Cardinals to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Worthington Trojans at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.

“A game-winner in OT, that’s one he’s going to remember for a while,” Cardinals head coach Kris Olson said in reference to the Big South Conference win. “He’s setting the foundation for a solid career.”

The Cardinals went into the second intermission with a 2-1 deficit hanging over their heads.

Sophomore forward Carlos Garcia-Villatoro scored a short-handed goal and senior forward Anthony Fogelman netted a score 10 minutes later with assists from sophomore defender Bryce Olsen and senior forward Karter Honius, respectively, for the Trojans in the period.

Senior forward and the team’s leading scorer Tom Havnen rebounded junior defender Karson Legred’s blocked shot for the Cardinals’ power-play goal at the 10:23 juncture.

With 6:37 left in the game, Trojans senior defender Eric Heidebrink slapped in a goal off an assist from junior forward Tommy Bauman no sooner than the Cardinals’ two-minute penalty for tripping had started.

Just when it the Trojans had seemingly avenged the 5-3 loss the Cardinals had dealt them nearly a month ago on their home ice, the penalties came. The Cardinals couldn’t capitalize on the first penalty at the 11:38 mark, but turned the tide after a five-minute penalty was assessed to Worthington with 5:55 to go.

The major penalty came after a collision that sent Havnen to the ice, which was the result of having the wind knocked out of him, according to Olson.

Less than a minute later, the Trojans were called for a two-minute hooking penalty when Olson called for a timeout.

“When they went up, 3-1, I think that was kind of the eye-opener for us, especially. As soon as they take the two penalties and we’re down, 3-1, then we get that sense of, ‘hey, they’re giving us a chance to get back in this, so let’s take advantage of it,'” Olson said. “From right about that minute, that was when they decided they were going to play again.”

Junior forward Tanner DeWar passed to Legred, who had his shot blocked by freshman goalie Preston Thavixay. Senior forward Sam Mensing was there for the rebound, inching the Cardinals back within one with 3:22 left in the contest.

Two minutes later, the Cardinals were afforded a rare penalty shot opportunity.

“It’s one of those things where the player pushes the net off and gets a delay-of-game call, but because it’s inside of the two minutes … it leads to the option of we could have had them take the other penalty or have the penalty shot,” Olson explained. “I elected the penalty shot because they still had a guy in the box.”

DeWar tried for the shot, but Thavixay made the save. No sooner than the clock started back up, Havnen connected with Legred to knot the game up at three with the Trojans still playing with only four skaters.

The Trojans returned to even strength with less than a minute to go in the game. Neither team broke the tie, allowing for eight extra minutes.

Enter Hudson Artz.

About a minute and a half into overtime, Artz netted the game-winning goal for the Cardinals’ first home win of the season.

“I’ve been telling him to instead of trying to dance or angle through guys, drive wide to the outside and then take it to the net. Well, he did tonight once and … he just got blasted into the boards,” Olson said. “Then, he decided to stickhandle it a couple of times in the slot area on that goal. He did it right, got his head up and got the goal.”

Fairmont Area (2-15) plays its third home game of the week against Morris/Benson Area at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Fairmont 0-1-2-1–4

Worthington 0-2-1-0–3

Scoring Plays

1st Period

No scoring.

2nd Period

W — Carlos Garcia-Villatoro (Bryce Olsen), short, 11:16.

FA — Tom Havnen (Karson Legred), pp., 10:23.

W — Anthony Fogelman (Karter Honius), 1:10.

3rd Period

W — Eric Heidebrink (Tommy Bauman), pp., 6:37.

FA — Sam Mensing (Karson Legred), pp., 3:22.

FA — Legred (Havnen), pp., 1:25.

Overtime

FA — Hudson Artz (unassisted), 6:36.

Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 11-9-18-4–42; Worthington 11-20-8-0–39.

Saves: Preston Thavixay (W) 11-8-16-3–38; Colby Kuhl (FA) 11-18-7-0–36.

Penalties: Worthington 7 for 17 minutes; Fairmont Area 3 for 6 minutes.

Power-play chances: Fairmont Area 3-for-7; Worthington 1-for-3.

NOTE: Fairmont Hockey Association is hosting Make-A-Wish Day during the Fairmont Area hockey teams’ games against Morris/Benson Area.

Fundraising activities include the shootout challenge, chuck-a-puck and donation buckets. All proceeds go directly to supporting Make-A-Wish Minnesota, which has sent to hockey families on trips in the last three years.

The Cardinals girls game starts at 1 p.m. with the boys following at 3 p.m., tentatively.

Girls Hockey

Worthington 6, Fairmont Area 2 — The Trojans engineered a four-goal second period to beat the Cardinals in Big South Conference action on Thursday in Worthington.

Macy Militello and Joni Becker scored the Cardinals’ goals in the second and third period, respectively.

Trojan skater Ashton Fogelman netted a hat trick, scoring twice in the second period, and teammed with Delayne Kuhl for a double-assist on Kya Nickel’s goal. Kuhl and Abree Pederson also scored.

Kessy Aljets had two assists, while McKenna Nickel and Kory Nickel both assisted on a goal in the win.

Fairmont Area (1-17) hosts Morris/Benson Area in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday at Martin County Arena.

Fairmont 0-1-1–2

Worthington 2-4-0–6

SCORING PLAYS

1st Period

W — Delayne Kuhl (McKenna Nickel, Kessy Aljets), 13:55.

W — Ashton Fogelman (unassisted), 3:16.

2nd Period

F — Macy Militello (unassisted), 12:38.

W — Fogelman (unassisted), 10:41.

W — Abree Pederson (Aljets), 10:09.

W — Kya Nickel (Fogelman, Kuhl), 5:48.

W — Fogelman (Kory Nickel), 0:01.

3rd Period

F — Joni Becker (unassisted), 5:59.

Shots on goal: Worthington 12-11-11–34; Fairmont Area 4-13-6–23.

Saves: Emily O’Connor (FA) 10-7-11–28; Bailey Kruse (W) 4-12-5–21.

Penalties: Fairmont Area 2 for 4 minutes; Worthington 2 for 4 minutes.

Power-play chances: Fairmont Area 0-for-2; Worthington 0-for-2.

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