Stars hold off Trojan challenge

The New Prague Trojan boys hockey team suffered its first Missota Conference loss of the season, falling to Holy Angels 4-3 Friday. Earlier in the week the Trojans defeated Northfield 5-2.

New Prague lost 3-1 to Rochester Lourdes on Tuesday. (Details in next week's edition of The Times). New Prague (8-8-1, 6-1 Missota) will travel to Chaska Friday, Jan. 28, then return home to face Hermantown, ranked No. 2 in Class A, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. New Prague hosts Shakopee Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Trojans 5, Raiders 2

New Prague broke open a close game with three third period goals to defeat Northfield 5-2.

Ryan Richardson got the Trojans going in the first period, scoring from Alex Woyda and Brent Jones at 8:32. The Raiders tied it, but Adam Corr put the Trojans back on top with a power play goal at 14:46, with Zach Adams and Cole Mason assisting.

After a scoreless second, the Trojans got a goal midway through the third by Jones, assisted by James Oak and Corr. Northfield cut the Trojan lead to one with a short-handed goal, but the Trojans scored just 36 seconds later when Jack Pexa found the net, assisted by Woyda and Richardson on the power play.

Jones scored late, with an assist to Luke Lijewski, for the game's final score.

Joe Morris stopped 9 of 11 shots as the Trojans outshot the Raiders 49-11.

Stars 4, Trojans 3

New Prague was hoping to pull off the upset and hand Holy Angels its first Missota Conference defeat in 10 years. While they had a solid effort, they fell just short in their quest, losing 4-3.

Holy Angels got the game's first goal at 10:49, but the Trojans answered less than a minute later when Richardson scored on a power play, assisted by Pexa.

The Stars scored twice more in the first, but the Trojans got one of those back with just 10 seconds remaining in the period as Cody Meyer scored on an assist from Curt Brezina.

New Prague tied the game at 3-3 with a power play goal by Corr, assisted by Richardson.

The Stars scored what proved to be the game-winner at 14:32 of the second.

The Trojans worked hard to get the equalizer, but had to kill off a 5-on-3 Holy Angels power play in the third and coudldn't score desptie getting nine shots on net in the final period.

Shots were 41-29 in favor of the Stars. Morris had 37 saves.

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