FAIRMONT - Fairmont Area sophomore winger Ethan Lubenow ended a back and forth battle with the Worthington Trojans with six seconds left on the clock to give the Cardinal boys hockey team a 6-5 overtime victory on Thursday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.
Lubenow blasted a rebound off a Ben Mitchell shot from the slot in overtime to give the Cardinals the sudden death win.
"Ethan Lubenow had a great game for us tonight and created scoring chances all game," said Fairmont Area head coach Brady Meyer. "He has consistently been playing well for us and that was an exciting way for us to finish out that close game."
LEFT-WING RUSH — Fairmont Area’s Matt Lytle (left) battles Worthington’s Alan Olhousen during his rush toward Trojan goalkeeper Alex Purdy during nonconference hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. Fairmont Area’s Joe Nordquist (2) and Worthington’s Mitchell Shreiner look on. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
After the Cardinals jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first period it wasn't a close game, but in the second and third the Trojans responded to even the game at 4-4.
Worthington senior Kody Honius netted two of Worthington's three third period goals, including the second game-tying tally.
With the Trojans trailing 4-2 going into the third, Worthington drew a pair of penalties to take the 3 on 5 advantage.
Honius used the extra players to generate his first goal, tipping an Andrew Johnson and Zach Heidebrink assist from behind the net over Cardinal goalie Colton Cunning's shoulder.
After the remaining Cardinal penalty expired, Johnson then netted his own goal, evening the game at 4-4 with 11:47 left in the third.
"At that point in the game, the penalties were killing us. So I called a timeout to get the guys refocused and to let them know we couldn't afford any more penalties," said Meyer.
Four minutes and 23 seconds later Rodney Engstrom seemed to be the hero for the Cardinals, finding the net for his second goal of the game to put Fairmont Area back on top 5-4.
With the Cardinals trying to kill a penalty, Engstrom carried the puck into the Trojan zone and slid a back hand shot towards the far side of the Worthington net.
"Rodney played great for us tonight, he made big plays when we needed them both offensively and defensively," said Meyer. "All the guys really responded and fought all the way to the end of the game."
Trojan netminder Alex Purdy tried to slide over to block the shot, but the puck trickled in for the short handed goal.
Less than two minutes later, with the Cardinals still trying to kill off a five-minute major penalty, Honius again was able to even the score.
Nick Newman fired a pass to Johnson, who snapped a one-time pass to Honius on the back side of the net, and Honius buried the shot to make it 5-5 with 5:49 left on the clock.
Newman had a chance to end the game with 34 seconds remaining in the game. The Trojan junior was awarded a penalty shot, but Cunning denied the attempt for one of his 28 saves in the game.
Both teams had scoring chances in the overtime period, but neither was able to capitalize, until Lubenow scored with the help of Mitchell and Matt Lytle.
Engstrom and the Cardinals needed just one shot on net to score the opening goal of the game.
The Cardinal junior defensemen corraled the puck on a Trojan turnover at neutral ice before carrying into the Worthington zone and firing a backhander into the net to go ahead 1-0.
Sam Havnen then gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead when he fired a shot just over Purdy's shoulder 4:39 into the game.
The Cardinals won a faceoff in the Worthington zone, but defender Greg Claeys fired a pass off the boards to Havnen striding down the ice.
Havnen controlled the bouncing pass and zipped a shot into the net to double the lead.
Lytle then added the first of his two scores on the night to stake a 3-0 lead.
Trason Arens drove down the slot and spun, delivering a backhanded pass to Lytle streaking down the wing.
Lytle then finished off the effort with a shot over the shoulder of Purdy.
Honius denied the Cardinals a shut out bid with 7:08 left to play in the first, firing a shot off a Johnson assist through the crease to make it 3-1.
Lytle responded with 24 seconds left in the period, firing a wrister from the slot on a power play to make it 4-1.
The Cardinal captain got help from Arens and Claeys on the netter.
Purdy finished with 35 saves for the Trojans, while the Cardinals fired 41 shots on net.
Fairmont Area (2-9, 0-3 SCC) plays Becker/Big Lake at 7 p.m. Monday in LeSueur.
FA - Rodney Engstrom (unassisted), 15:25.
FA - Sam Havnen (Greg Claeys), 12:21.
FA - Matt Lytle (Trason Arens, Greg Claeys), 8:13.
W - Kody Honius (Andrew Johnson), 7:08.
FA - Matt Lytle (Trason Arens, Greg Claeys), power play, 0:24.
W - Andrew Johnson (Nick Newman), power play, 6:49.
W - Kody Honius (Andrew Johnson, Zach Heidebrink), power play, 13:19.
W - Andrew Johnson (unassisted), 11:47.
FA - Rodney Engstrom (unassisted), short handed, 7:24.
W - Kody Honius (Nick Newman, Andrew Johnson), power play, 5:49.
FA - Ethan Lubenow (Ben Mitchell, Matt Lytle), 0:06.
Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 14-11-10-6-41; Worthington 11-6-13-3-33.
Saves: Colton Cunning (FA) 10-6-9-3-28; Alex Purdy (W) 10-11-9-5-35.
Penalties: Fairmont Area 9 for 21 minutes; Worthington 6 for 12.
Fairmont Area 10, Worthington 0 - The Cardinals have allowed just one goal in four meetings with the Trojans and shut them out for the third time in a 10-0 nonconference game on Thursday in Worthington.
Jalyssa Wilson and Myah Lytle each scored four points, including a pair of goals and two assists to help pace the Cardinals' winning efforts.
Taylor Nuss and Brooke Lemon also engineered four point games, with one goal and three assists each.
Wilson, who leads the team with 31 points, scored the opening goal of the game with the help of Nuss and Lytle.
Lytle then added her two lamplighters, including one on a power play in the final four minutes of the opening period.
Lytle recieved help on the first from Wilson and Nuss, while Lemon and Logyn Cone recorded assists on the second score.
Erin Rahm fired a shot into the net at the 8:40 mark with assists to Lemon and Cone to help the Cardinals take a 4-0 lead after the opening frame.
Rahm then scored her second goal of the night on a power play less than three minutes into the second, firing a Lemon and Cone assist into the net.
Lemon then recieved a pass from Tieryn Arens for a goal, before Wilson and Nuss combined to stake Fairmont Area to a 6-0 lead.
Nuss, who leads the team in goals scored, netted her 16th of the season in the second with assists from Lytle and Wilson.
Katie Hohensee scored her first goal of the season thanks to assists from Alyssa Fetters and Jordyn Junkermeier in the third.
Arens also found the net for her seventh goal of the season from the blue line, giving the Cardinals the 10-0 advantage with 5:09 left in the game.
Sadie Sandersfeld stopped all eight of the Trojan shots on net for the Cardinals, while Amanda Bristow turned away 46 Fairmont Area shots.
Fairmont Area (8-8, 0-2 SCC) plays host to Waseca in a 5:30 p.m. league game on Tuesday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.
WOR 0-0-0- 0
FA - Jalyssa Wilson (Taylor Nuss, Myah Lytle), 9:07.
FA - Erin Rahm (Brooke Lemon, Logyn Cone), 8:40.
FA - Myah Lytle (Jalyssa Wilson, Taylor Nuss), power play, 3:40.
FA - Myah Lytle (Brooke Lemon, Logyn Cone), 2:07.
FA - Erin Rahm (Brooke Lemon, Logyn Cone), power play, 12:54.
FA - Brooke Lemon (Tieryn Arens), 8:52.
FA - Jalyssa Wilson (Taylor Nuss), 7:18.
FA - Taylor Nuss (Myah Lytle, Jalyssa Wilson), 6:24.
FA - Katie Hohensee (Alyssa Fetters, Jordyn Junkermeier), 8:22.
FA - Tieryn Arens (Cori Emler), 5:09.
Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 20-19-17-56; Worthington 2-2-4-8.
Saves: Sadie Sandersfeld (FA) 8; Amanda Bristow (W) 46.