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Girls hockey tops No. 3 Wingers, falls to Raiders
The New Prague Trojan girls hockey team scored a big win, topping No. 3 Red Wing 4-3, but followed that with a 3-0 loss to Northfield.
The Trojans (16-5-1, 3-2-1 Missota) are ranked No. 6 in Class A. The team has just three games remaining in the regular season. On Friday, Jan. 25, they will host New Ulm in a non-conference game. They will play at Farmington Tuesday, Jan. 29, before hosting Shakopee Friday, Feb. 1, in the season finale.
The Section 1A playoffs will begin Wednesday, Feb. 6. The Trojans will most likely be the No. 2 seed in the section behind Red Wing and host the No. 7 seed in the first round.
Trojans 4, Wingers 3 New Prague scored three unanswered goals in the third period to upset No. 3 Red Wing 4-3 in Red Wing Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The Wingers led 1-0 after one period. Lindsay Paschke tied the game, with assists to Dani Kocina and Taylor Anderson, at 1:56 of the second.
Red Wing regained the lead just 28 seconds later, then took a 3-1 lead at the 4:44 mark of the second.
The Wingers outshot the Trojans 35-23 through two periods of play, but the Trojans turned up the heat in the final period. Sarah Larson scored a power play goal at 6:38 to make it a 3-2 game. Paschke and Catie Skaja got assists.
Red Wing was called for another penalty giving the Trojans another power play, and another penalty gave them a two-person advantage for about a minute. While they didn’t score during that stretch, they built momentum and kept the pressure on. It paid off when Paschke scored her second goal of the night at 12:58 to tie the game at 3-3.
Jordan Anderson got the game-winner less than a minute later, with an assist going to Catie Skaja.
New Prague held on in the final minutes, killing off a penalty of their own. They had a 16-11 advantage in shots in the third period, but Red Wing had a 46-39 for the game.
Sophie Puente stopped 43 of 46 shots to take the win.
Raiders 3, Trojans 0 New Prague suffered a bit of a letdown Saturday, as they outshot Northfield 30- 28, but couldn’t put the puck in the net and lost to the Raiders 3-0.
Northfield scored a goal midway through the first period to take a 1-0 lead, and added two more in the third.
The Trojans had eight power play opportunities during the game, but couldn’t cash in on any of them.
Puente stopped 25 of 28 shots in goal.