12/7/2012 8:57:00 AM Eagle boys power past Trojans
Worthington 0-0-1 = 1 Windom Area 6-2-1 = 9 Worthington gave the Windom Area boys hockey team a five-minute power play in the first period and the Eagles made the Trojans pay, scoring four goals in the five-minute stretch and rolling to a 9-1 victory Thursday at the Windom Arena.
Windom led 2-0 when the Trojans were whistled for a five-minute checking-from-behind major penalty. Unlike minor penalties where a power play ends if a goal is scored, the power play continues on a major penalty if a goal is scored.
Windom jumped to the early lead when a shot by Zach Bartosh was mishandled by Worthington goalie Rylan Scholtes. Scholtes had the puck in his glove but bobbled it, dropping the puck behind the goal line for a 1-0 Eagle lead 2:46 into the game.
The Eagles pushed the lead to 2-0 when Travis Janssen took a feed from Andrew Hirsch and beat Scholtes to the top-right corner 9:45 into the game.
The Trojans took the major penalty at the 11:47 mark of the first period. From there, the Eagle offense kept continuous pressure on. Bartosh gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead at the 12:23 mark, rifling home a shot from the slot. Just 10 seconds later, Devin Nielsen intercepted a clearing attempt and scored.
Mitchell Macek weaved through the Trojan defense a minute later and stuffed a goal past Scholtes for a 5-0 Eagle lead. Then, with 2:40 left on the clock in the first, Bartosh took a centering pass from Janssen and scored his third goal of the period for his first career hat trick. Windom outshot Worthington 29-4 in the first period.
The Eagles pushed the lead in the second when Nielsen netted his second goal of the game 4:04 into the second. Janssen later took a centering pass from Ryan Clark and fired home his second goal of the night for an 8-0 Eagle lead after two periods.
Janssen then scored his third goal of the game 28 seconds into the third for his second hat trick of the season and a 9-0 Eagle lead.
The Trojans ended the shutout at the 4:01 mark of the third when a centering pass from the corner by Levi Leach deflected off an Eagle defenseman's skate past goalie Tyler McGowan.
In addition to his three goals, Janssen added four assists in the game. Kyle Luhmann added three assists.
Windom outshot Worthington 49-13 for the game. McGowan finished with 12 saves.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. Windom Area: vs. Morris-Benson, Dec. 8