Austin beats Worthington 5-1 in boys hockey

Jan. 16—WORTHINGTON — A very fast start for the Worthington's boys hockey team quickly evaporated against Austin Tuesday night as the Trojans lost 5-1.

Tuesday's game comes after a couple of Worthington's games were postponed due to weather. The Trojans were scheduled to host New Ulm on Jan. 11 and then Minnesota River on Jan. 13, but both games were moved.

The matchup with New Ulm is now scheduled for Jan. 29 and the matchup with Minnesota River will be Feb. 5.

Against Austin, the Trojans won the opening face off and immediately scored less than a minute in on an unassisted goal from senior captain Caden Van Briesen. It was a perfect start for Worthington.

But while the home fans at the Worthington Ice Arena were still celebrating Worthington's goal, Austin immediately silenced them with a goal five seconds later from Gavin Schaefer to tie the game at 1-1.

After two goals were scored in the first minute of play, the rest of the first period was a scoreless stalemate. The Trojans had a narrow edge in shots on goal in the first period by a 10-6 margin.

The second period saw WHS again hold the edge in shots on goal, but Austin took the game over on the scoreboard with four goals. The Packers only took five shots in the second period compared to 10 for the Trojans, but they made four of them.

16 seconds into the second period, the Trojans nearly scored that would've put them up 2-1, but a shot missed just to the right and the teams played on.

After a WHS shot from Dominic Pavelko was broken up with around 15 minutes left, the Packers scored moments later at the 14:56 mark on a goal from Gavin Brekke.

After Austin took the 2-1 lead, the Trojans had another missed opportunity whan a shot from Spenser Nickel hit the left cross bar that would've tied the game.

Nearly two minutes later at the 12:53 mark, the Packers increased their lead to 3-1 when Grady Carney skated around the back of the goal and snuck a shot past Trojan goalie Brody Pederson. The goal was assisted by Schaefer.

After a couple more close shots for Worthington just missed and a two-minute power play came away empty, Austin scored two more times in a span of 14 seconds. The first goal was from Brekke, his second of the game, and the second was from Isaac Anderson to make the score 5-1. The rest of the second period went scoreless.

In the third period, Worthington had two power plays, but came away empty on them both. The first opportunity came with 10:44 left, but none of the six shots on goal for Worthington found the back of the net. The second power play came immediately after the first one ended, but Austin again held firm.From there the rest of the game remained scoreless as Worthington ran out of opportunities to score and ran out of time.

Worthington had 33 shots on goal to 16 for Austin, but the Packers were able to capitalize on their shots better in the end.

The Trojans will be on the road on Friday for their next game, a Big South Conference matchup with Windom. The Eagles have a 4-12 record this season following a win over Redwood Valley on Monday.