The Worthington Trojans boys hockey team, competing in the first of two games in a tournament in Wahpeton, North Dakota, defeated Bagley by a score of 7-5 on Tuesday night.
After falling behind, 2-0, in the first period, Andrew Benson got the Trojans on the board with an unassisted goal at the 9:08 mark. Then, with slightly more than four minutes gone by in the second period, Dawson Duangepai scored to knot the game at two-apiece, and Blake Ahrenstoff made it 3-2 Trojans at 7:49 of the second on assists from Alec Langerud and Blake Luinenburg.
Bagley would get even at 3-3, but WHS quickly answered with a shorthanded goal by Luinenburg for a 4-3 edge. Still in the second period, Bagley would again tie the game, but a power play goal by Benson on passes by Luinenburg and Spenser Nickel made it 5-4.
Langerud gave the Trojans a 6-4 advantage a little less than five minutes into the third period with a goal on assists from Konner Honius and Benson. Bagley closed to within 6-5, but Benson completed his hat trick late in the game to ice it for WHS.
The Trojans, now 5-3 on the season, won despite being outshot 42-30. They will play Breckenridge/Wahpeton at 3:15 p.m. today.
In girls hockey, Worthington was defeated 9-3 Tuesday by Rochester Mayo in a tournament in Mankato.
The Trojans took a 2-1 lead in the first period on goals by Lauren Nelson and Kessey Aljets, but Mayo took over from there. Aljets also tallied the Trojans’ third goal of the game. Kory Nickel had two assists for WHS, ands Aljets and Nelson had one each.
The Trojans, now 2-10, were outshot 45-28. They will play Mankato East at 3 p.m. today.