Boys win 2 of 3, tied for 1st in Missota hockey

 

New Prague’ s Jack Pexa (9) battles for control of the
puck against Hermantown Saturday. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague Trojan boys hockey team won two of three games last week, defeating Albert Lea and Chanhassen, but losing to Hermantown.

After defeating Farmington Tuesday 4-2, the Trojans (10-7-2, 7-1-1 Missota) were tied for first in the Missota Conference with 15 points. They will play at Shakopee Thursday, Jan. 31, then will host conference co-leader Holy Angels Tuesday, Feb. 5. New Prague plays at Chaska Thursday, Feb. 7.

Trojans 9, Tigers 0 Still stinging from a threeovertime upset loss to Albert Lea in last year’s section playoffs, the Trojans were determined to put this game away early, and they did just that. New Prague scored five first period goals on their way to a 9-0 win.

New Prague outshot the Tigers 19-8 in the first period and 38-18 for the game. Seth Kriha scored a hat trick for the Trojans with two goals in the first period and one in the second. He also had two assists. Austin Isaacson had two goals and two assists and Austin Kilian had a goal and four assists.

Cody Meyer and Nick Sampson each added a goal and an assist, while Lucas Binger had a goal and Evan Bisek, Casey Busch, Ryan Drazan, Alex Gregor and Ben Witt all added assists.

Bisek stopped all 18 shots he faced for the shutout win.

Trojans 2, Storm 1 The Trojans traveled to Victoria Friday, Jan. 25, and defeated host Chanhassen 2- 1.

Kriha continued his recent scoring streak, netting both Trojan goals. The first came in the final minute of the second period, on assists from Isaacson and Meyer. The second came early in the third on assists from Jake Klein and Kilian.

The Storm scored with about seven minutes remaining to make it a one-goal game, but Bisek shut the door on them the rest of the way, making a total of 23 saves. The Trojans outshot Chanhassen 33-24.

Hawks 9, Trojans 1 Things looked close in the early going in a game between the Trojans and Hermantown (No. 6, Class A) Saturday, Jan. 26, but Hermantown’s Travis Koepke scored two goals in nine second late in the first to give his team a 3-1 lead and the Hawks piled it on in the second, adding five more goals on their way to a 9-1 win.

New Prague’s lone goal came from Sampson, on an assist from Kain Wagner. That tied the game at 1-1 at 12:26 of the first.

Hermantown outshot the Trojans 37-28. Bisek started and gave up all nine goals. Connor Wagner came on in relief early in the third and stopped five shots.