Langerud scores hat trick as men’s hockey team win key game – The Globe

Worthington Trojans Logan Powers (15) and Blake Luinenburg (16) move in to celebrate a score from Alec Langerud (19) on Monday night as Windom’s Cragen Porath (20) looks on. Langerud scored three goals in the game as Worthington won 6-1 at Worthington.

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WORTHINGTON – Hats were thrown on the ice when Alec Langerud scored his third goal of the game with 7:25 remaining in the third period. But the vocal and attentive student section on Monday night at the Worthington Ice Arena celebrated more than one player’s big night.

It was a big night all around as the Trojans took on rival Windom Area Eagles. The two Big South Conference teams have enjoyed a heated hockey rivalry over the years, and thanks to Windom’s 5-2 victory over the Trojans on Jan. 20 in Windom, the Eagles had a head start on the Worthington team while the rankings have not yet been made for the next section tournament.

Now that’s Worthington’s advantage. WHS picked up a solid 6-1 win over their northern rivals on Monday, and it could do more than just boost the team’s confidence levels.

“It definitely puts us in the conversation about not playing in the qualifying round (of the sectional tournament),” Trojans head coach Tyler Nienkerk said. “That was our goal. We didn’t want to play in there.

Worthington Trojans Ian Bumgardner (12) takes a quick break on the ice chased by visiting Windom Eagles Ethan Rabbe during a Monday night game.
Worthington Trojans Ian Bumgardner (12) skates fast on the ice chased by Ethan Rabbe of the Windom Eagles on Monday.

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Worthington still has two regular season away games against non-conference and non-section opponents before the start of the section tournament on Feb. 22. Nienkerk said Monday’s win was important for the standings and also important for the team’s confidence. That pushed the Trojans to 11-12 this season while dropping the Eagles to 10-13-1.

“From the start, the children were on fire. Big game against a conference rival, and I’m very proud of the way the youngsters showed up and played,” Nienkerk said.

Windom Eagles Wvatt Haugen (11) returns a rebound puck past Worthington Trojans goaltender Steven Adams and Alec Langerud (19) stick tying the game in the first period of play at Worthington Ice Arena on Monday night.
Windom Eagles’ Wyatt Haugen (11) flips a rebound puck past Worthington Trojans goaltender Steven Adams as Worthington’s Alec Langerud (19) tries to defend Monday night in Worthington.

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Langerud, a senior striker, scored Worthington’s first, fourth and sixth goals of the game. He said it was the first hat trick he had ever accomplished in college.

A few days before the game against Windom Area, he said, he and his teammates – knowing the importance of the game – were fired up.

After the match, Langerud still felt it.

“I think having that momentum (going to the sections), especially with a 6-1 win like that, just knowing what we can do in the section tournament, it’s a big confidence booster,” he said. he declared.

Langerud’s first goal came with 11:55 left in the first period, with an assist from teammate Logan Powers.

Windom Area responded with 5:41 left as Wyatt Haugen scored with a short punch just a foot or two in front of Worthington’s net.

But Worthington scored three times in the second period. Blake Luinenburg put the puck in the net at 16:40 on a nice wrist shot from 14 feet. Then less than a minute later, Blake Ahrenstorff sent a fine pass from the bottom of the left corner to teammate Konner Honius who was waiting just in front of Windom’s net. Honius swept the puck into the net in one quick motion.

The score became 4-1 as Langerud scored an unassisted goal by finding a small hole in the top left corner of the net. Langerud was the man on the spot, taking control of the puck after two Windom players sniffed it as it slowly rolled past them on the ice.

Windom Area found themselves in a great position to score with 1:33 left in the second period on a 5-on-3 power play. But the Trojans managed to keep the Eagles out of their net.

Nienkerk said stopping that power play could have been key to the win.

“That 5-on-3 probably ends up being the biggest part of the game. To kill that, it could have been a big boost,” he said.

With just over three minutes remaining in the third period, Worthington added to their lead as Ian Bumgardner found the net on a pass from Ahrenstorff.

The sixth goal electrified the large and vocal student section. Several of them threw their hats on the ice and cheered madly on Langerud, who will probably remember his hat trick for a long time.

“It’s great. Last game at home. It’s pretty great to end it this way,” he said.

And for the hats:

“It was pretty cool,” he said. “If you looked at me on the bench, you could see a big smile on my face.”

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