Boys hockey team wins big against Shakopee, Albert Lea

After losing three of their previous four games, the New Prague Trojan boys hockey team bounced back with two big wins last week, thumping Shakopee 9-3 and beating a very good Albert Lea squad 7-3.

The Trojans (12-6, 5-3 Missota) were scheduled to play at conference-leading Holy Angels Tuesday, Feb. 3. On Friday, Feb. 6, they host Hutchinson, a team they lost to in overtime on January 13. The Trojans play at Northfield Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Trojans 9, Sabers 3

Shakopee took the lead just two minutes into the game, but the Trojans tied it midway through the first period on a power play goal by Darren Lapic. The Sabers led 2-1 when the Trojans erupted for eight straight goals. Schyler Adams, Thomas Fadden, Aaron Kes and Treven Smith all found the net for New Prague in the second period. Adams added two more goals in the third for the hat trick, and Aaron Kes and Tyler Lapic also scored.

Adams finished with three goals and two assists, while Tyler and Darren Lapic each had a goal and four assists. Kes had two goals, Fadden a goal and an assist, Smith a goal and Cody Meyer, Tyler Witty, James Oak, Jordan Holicky and Zach Adams each had an assist.

Sam Cassidy needed just eight saves to pick up his fifth win in the nets this season. New Prague outshot the Sabers 49-11.

Trojans 7, Tigers 3

New Prague improved their record to 5-1 against Section 1A opponents, defeating a strong Albert Lea squad 7-3 Saturday in New Prague. The win will help the Trojans in their effort to get a top seed in the section tournament when it gets underway later this month.

The teams traded goals in the early going, with Schyler Adams scoring on assists from the Lapic brothers at 2:20. Albert Lea scored a little more than two minutes later.

The Trojans' high-scoring line was responsible for the next three goals. Schyler Adams scored twice and Tyler Lapic once to give the Trojans a 4-1 lead.

After an Albert Lea goal cut the lead to two the Tigers had a golden opportunity to get back into the game when the Trojans took a penalty early in the third. However, the Trojans' penalty-kill unit scored two short-handed goals, the first by Darren Lapic and the second on a breakaway by Smith.

Schyler Adams scored his fourth goal of the game a short time later to put New Prague up 7-2.

Schyler Adams finished with four goals and an assist, while Tyler Lapic had a goal and five assists and his younger brother Darren had a goal and four assists. The only other points for New Prague were Smith's goal and an assist by Zach Adams.

Freshman Joe Morris played well in the nets, making 18 saves to notch his seventh win of the season. The Trojans outshot the Tigers 35-21.

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