Boys hockey opens with 3 wins

New Prague goaltender Graydon Skok (39) keeps his eye on the action while teammate Alex Olsson (18) tries to fend off a Bloomington Kennedy forward during the Trojans’ season-opening win Tuesday, Dec. 29. To see more photos click on the Blue Button. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

Coach Chris Lonke couldn’t have asked for a better start to the New Prague Trojan boys hockey season.

The Trojans defeated three opponents, including two Class A state-ranked teams, to start the season at 3-0. Bloomington Kennedy, No. 13 Mankato West and No. 12 Northfield were the three opponents for the Trojans.

“We had strong performances in net with our returning goalies, Graydon Skok and Colin Dorzinski, and we have played very well and smart with a lead,” Lonke said. “Our seniors have led and incorporated the young guys well.

“We have given out seven ‘first goal’ pucks in three games, so we have definitely had scoring from all over. We have put a lot of young players in the deep end of the pool and they have swum and treaded water very well.”

New Prague will host Holy Family Catholic (No. 5, Class AA) to open the Wright County Conference schedule Thursday, Dec. 8. It will be the only meeting between the Trojans and the Fire this season. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, New Prague plays at Red Wing and on Thursday, Dec. 15, they travel to Golden Valley to face Breck, the No. 4- ranked team in Class A.

Trojans 5, Eagles 2 In their season opener at the New Prague Area Community Center Tuesday, Nov. 29, the New Prague Trojans jumped to a quick lead against Bloomington Kennedy as Logan Reger scored on a Jamison Hanson assist just 28 seconds into the game. Blake Woodson made it 2-0 Trojans at 14:29 of the first, with an assist to Jon VonBank.

Luke Witt made it 3-0 with a power play goal at 4:34 of the second, with assists going to Carter Seymour and goaltender Skok. The Eagles got on the board a little more than a minute later and it was 3-1 after two periods.

Mason Davis scored a power play goal at 11:23 of the third period to put the Trojans up...

To see more on this story pick up the December 8, 2016 print edition of The New Prague Times.