Girls hockey falls prey to Cougars, Tigers

New Prague's girls hockey team had two tough losses last week, losing a heart-breaker to a strong Mankato East team and following that with a disappointing showing against Farmington.

The Trojans (8-11-1, 3-4 Missota) will host Holy Angels Thursday, Jan. 19, then will play at Northfield Tuesday, Jan. 24, in an important game for Section 1A seeding purposes. The Trojans defeated Northfield in a meeting earlier this year. The winner of this game should have the inside track on the No. 2 seed in the section playoffs.

Cougars 4, Trojans 3

New Prague played one of its best games of the season, building a 3-1 lead against a Mankato East team that has been ranked in state most of the season. However, as has been the case in recent weeks, New Prague ran out of gas and lost its lead in the final minutes. East scored just nine seconds into overtime to win the game 4-3.

East, which is coached by Nate Fuller, a former NPHS assistant coach, scored the game's first goal early in the first period, but New Prague responded less than two minutes later with an unassisted goal by Brittany Sticha.

Kasey Marquardt made it 2-0 New Prague with a goal at 15:35 of the second period, with Lindsay Paschke and Dani Kocina assisting.

Kocina upped the Trojans' lead to 3-1 at 5:45 of the third, with an assist to Marissa Kivi.

However the Trojans couldn't hold back the pressure from Mankato East, which scored twice in a 90-second span to tie the game and send it into overtime.

East outshot the Trojans 21-19, with Sophie Puente making 17 saves.

We played right with them and gave them a scare

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