Floor hockey team waits for seeding

The New Prague adapted floor hockey team will compete in a state play-in game next week as either a four or five seed.

New Prague, which includes players from Tri-City United, Le Sueur-Henderson, Belle Plaine and Jordan schools, finished the regular season tied for fourth with Dakota United in the South Division. Since New Prague and DU split their two meetings this season, the fourth seed will come down to a coin flip that will be held later this week.

If New Prague is the fourth seed, they will host a home game on Wednesday, March 8, with a spot in the state tournament on the line. If they are the fifth seed, they will be on the road for their play-in game.

The state tournament is March 17 and 18 at Bloomington Jefferson High School.

Blazing Cats 6, Trojans 2 New Prague lost 6-2 to Burnsville/Farmington/Lake ville on Monday, Feb. 13. The Trojans had goals from Garret Gagner and Charlie Zeilinger, with Blake Parent getting an assist.

“Lakeville has improved a lot this season and added a few new players since the last time we played them and they played a very tough game,” said Coach Shellie Kriha.

“We definitely didn't play our best and it showed. As a team we've been forced to put a few people in places they normally are not used to playing because of kids being sick and not ready to go and that causes some confusion, tonight was one of those nights.”

Trojans 8, Jets 1 New Prague defeated South Suburban Wednesday, Feb 15, at home. Garret Gagner had five goals for the Trojans, with Alexis Parks and Charlie Zeilinger each adding a goal and an assist, Jake Schurman a goal and Brookelyn Skluzacek and Dylan Rahn adding an assist each.

“Garrett Gagner had a great night and capitalized on mistakes by South Suburban,”

Kriha said. “He had his best game so far this season.” Kriha said Charlie Zeilinger has played well all year and this game showed how important he is to theteam. “Charlie demands so much attention from the other team and when they double team him it always leaves someone open on the back side for us and our wings tonight took advantage of that,” she said.

Kriha added that Noah Hayden played very well in goal, allowing only one goal in the game against a very good team.

“Jake Schurman and Blake Parent really.....

To see more on this story pick up the March 2, 2017 print edtion of The New Prague Times or the Montgomery Messenger.

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