Trojans shut out Cardinals in postseason contest

WORTHINGTON – The No. 8-seeded Worthington Trojans shut out the No. 9-seeded Fairmont Area Cardinals, 2-0, during the Section 3A play-in boys hockey playoff contest on Tuesday night in Worthington.

The Trojans (4-15) advance to face the No. 1-seeded Luverne Cardinals in a 7 p.m. Section 3A quarterfinal game on Thursday night in Luverne.

Worthington also posted regular-season victories over Fairmont Area – a 7-2 decision on Dec. 13 at Martin County Arena and a 4-1 triumph on Jan. 10 in Worthington.

Fairmont Area finished the season with a 2-19-1 overall record.

Trojan netminder Rylan Scholtes stopped all 18 of the Fairmont Area shots on net to preserve the shutout victory.

Nick Newman scored with 2:52 remaining in the opening period to stake Worthington to an early 1-0 advantage on the scoreboard.

Fairmont Area netminder Colton Cunning made 14 of his 36 saves during the second period to keep it a one-goal game.

Nathan Patten added to the Trojans’ advantage by netting a goal at the 8:28 mark in the third period to make it 2-0 contest.

Fairmont Area 0-0-0-0

Worthington 1-0-1-2

Scoring Plays

1st Period

W – Nick Newman (Kody Honius, Andrew Johnson), 2:52.

2nd Period

No scoring.

3rd Period

W – Nathan Patten (Levi Leach, Jacob Oberloh), 8:28.

Saves: Colton Cunning (FA) 36; Rylan Scholtes (W) 18.

Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 18; Worthington 38.

Penalties: Fairmont Area 1 for 2 minutes; Worthington 3 for 6 minutes.

Power-play chances: Worthington 0 for 3; Fairmont Area 0 for 1.