Boys lose OT thriller to Lourdes

New Prague’s Austin Kilian prepares to take a wrist shot at the Rochester Lourdes goal. The shot would tied the game at 1-1. Kilian scored two goals, but the Trojans lost in overtime to the Eagles 3-2. To see more photos click on the blue button to the right. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague Trojan boys hockey team is still looking for its first win of the 2012-13 season after losing its second-straight one-goal game. After losing 1-0 to North St. Paul on December 1, the Trojans hosted Section 1A rival Rochester Lourdes on Tuesday, Dec. 4, and lost a tough, 3-2 overtime contest. Lourdes outshot the Trojans 40-20, but New Prague goaltender Evan Bisek kept his team in the game with a number of tough saves. The Eagles scored the only goal of the first period, midway through the session. That held up until the 10:24 mark of the second period, when Austin Kilian took a pass from Cody Meyer in the neutral zone and skated in on the Lourdes’ goaltender. His wrist shot clanked off the pipe and bounced out, but the referee ruled the puck had gone into the net and bounced off a back pipe, tieing the game at 1-1. New Prague took a 5- minute major penalty for boarding late in the period, and the Eagles wasted no time in converting, scoring just 16 seconds into the power play to regain the lead at 2-1. New Prague managed to kill off the rest of the power play without any further damage. The penalty swung the momentum Lourdes’ way, and they kept up that momentum by outshooting the Trojans 20-6 in the third period. But they were unable to get an insurance goal, and Kilian tied the game at 2-2, off assists from Seth Kriha and Augie Isaacson, at 11:09. Both teams had scoring chances in the final minutes, but the game headed to overtime. Lourdes scored with just 1:40 left in the extra session. Evan Bisek made 37 saves, including 20 in the third period. New Prague (0-3) will look for their first win of the season at home on Thursday, Dec. 13, when they face Mahtomedi. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, New Prague hosts defending Missota Conference champion Chanhassen.