Tigers end Trojans' playoff run

After scoring only five goals over the previous 10 games, the New Prague Trojan girls hockey team erupted for eight goals in their Section 2A opening game against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato. The Trojans ended their season two days later with a 3-1 loss to Hutchinson in the section semifinals.

New Prague ends its season with 5-20-2 record, 0-12-2 in the Missota Conference. The Trojans lose just three seniors off of this year's team: Mariah Holicky, their No. 5 scorer on the season, backup goaltender Brittney Sickmann and JV player Kelsey Eldred.

Hutchinson, the No. 2 seed, will face top-seeded Mankato West for the Section 2A championship Thursday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.

Trojans 8, Dragons 0

New Prague scored as many goals (5) in the first period of their game against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato as they had scored in all of 2009 as they took an 8-0 win.

New Prague showed why they deserved the No. 3 seed as they dominated action throughout the game.

The Trojans' Shannon Meyer scored just 2:34 into the game, with Hallie Paschke scoring less than two minutes later. Jamie Bisek, Lindsay Paschke and Meyer added goals in the opening stanza.

Lindsay Paschke, an eighth grader who played the entire season without scoring a point, got her first three goals of her varsity career in the game, completing the hat trick midway through the third period. She also assisted on a goal by her sister Hallie, a sophomore

Hallie Paschke and Bisek both had five-point games, getting two goals and three assists. Brooke Bartelt had four assists, Meyer had two goals and Jane Culshaw added an assist.

Shyler Sletta registered her third shutout of the season, and her first shutout win... the other two came in scoreless ties. New Prague outshot the Dragons 45-14

Tigers 3, Trojans 1

Hutchinson ended New Prague's quest for a sixth-straight section championship appearance, coming from behind to defeat New Prague 3-1 Saturday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.

Lindsay Paschke put the Trojans up 1-0 with a goal just 22 seconds into the second period. But the Tigers tied the game four minutes later, then scored two goals in the third period to take the win.

The Tigers outshot New Prague 22-8. Sletta made 19 stops for New Prague.

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