The Worthington Trojans boys hockey team bounced back from a disappointing Tuesday loss in a big way Thursday, winning on the road against Windom Area 11-4.
Spenser Nickel had his second six-goal of the season for the Trojans, who led 5-2 after the first period and 7-2 after the second. Ian Bumgardner had a hat trick of his own for Worthington, which also got single goals from Dominic Pavelko and Easton Newman. Bumgardner also had five assists in the game to wind up with an eight-point night.
The Trojans outshot the Eagles 36-23 on the evening in improving to 3-10 in the season. WHS got its first goal just 32 seconds into the game, its second just 1:36 in and never looked back from there. Head coach Tyler Nienkerk said the team was able to keep moving and creating chances the whole game and did a great job of keeping most of their time in the offensive zone to the outside.
The WHS girls hockey team played another close game Thursday night but was defeated at Windom, 3-1.
The Eagles dominated the first period from a shots-on-goal standpoint, but the initial 17 minutes still ended a scoreless tie. While the Trojans managed just one shot on goal, Worthington goalie Macie Mahlberg was able to stop all 14 Windom Area shots.
The Eagles broke through 1:56 into the second period, and then added their other goals at the 2:55 and 8:22 marks of the third period. Trojan eighth grader Breeta Johnson scored a power-play goal for Worthington with 5:05 left to go, with Sadie Nickel getting credit for an assist.
Mahlberg stopped 38 shots in goal for the Trojans, who had 14 shots on net in the game.
Worthington High’s gymnastics team kept rolling along Thursday as it picked up another dual meet victory, this time winning at home against Marshall 138.925-118.488.
WHS gymnasts finished first through third in the all-around. Hali Bullerman continued her winning ways with a total score of 36.175 points, while Addison Gerber was second and Brooklyn Dykstra third.
Bullerman took the top spot with a vault, scoring 9.4, and was also first on the bars at 8.975. Gerber earned first place on the floor with a 9.45, and Dykstra was first on the beam at 8.675.
Bullerman was second on the floor and third on the beam. Gerber, meanwhile, was second on the beam, second on the vault and fourth on the bars. Dykstra took second place on the bars, Jordis Weber third on the bars and Kenadie Thiner third on the floor.
In a boys basketball game scheduled for broadcast on 104.3 The Bridge, it was Murray County Central cruising to an 85-46 triumph over Adrian-Ellsworth in the Ellsworth gym.
MCC, which improved to 7-7 on the season, started strongly and took a 49-24 lead through the first half. The Rebels remained in control the rest of the way while dropping the Dragons to 2-7 this winter.
Leading the way for MCC was Aidan Dierks, who hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 points. Carter Lewis and Ross Engelkes each contributed 15 points, and Bryce Hoekman chipped in with 13 points.
For Adrian-Ellsworth, Aiden Tweet had a big night as he poured in a game-high 28 points. Darwin Demarrias-Jansma was next with six points.
In area girls basketball Thursday, it was:
Redwood Valley 78, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 44
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 44, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 29
Marshall 58, Sioux Falls Washington 51
In area boys basketball:
Mankato Loyola 88, Martin County West 49
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 77, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 71
Southwest Minnesota Christian 54, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 39
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 72, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 46
Red Rock Central 70, Edgerton 53
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 62, Hills-Beaver Creek 54
Sioux Falls Washington 57, Marshall 42
In area girls hockey Thursday, it was:
Luverne 4, New Ulm 2