Trojan boys take 2nd at Little Falls, beat Wisconsin champs

The New Prague Trojan boys hockey team won three of four games last week. They took second place at the Little Falls Tournament, then traveled to Eau Claire, WI, where they defeated defending Wisconsin State Champion Eau Claire Memorial in a barn-burner, 8-6.

The Trojans (8-3-0, 2-0-0 Missota) were scheduled to face Shakopee Tuesday. They will host Holy Angels (No. 7, Class AA) Thursday, Jan. 8, then travel to Hutchinson Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Trojans 7, Lakers 3

New Prague scored four goals in the second period in a 7-3 win over Prior Lake in the first round of the Little Falls Tournament. The game will count in the Missota Conference standings.

The Lakers scored on an early power play goal, but Schyler Adams tied it at 7:21 of the first period with an assist from Tyler Lapic.

The Lakers took a 2-1 lead 19 seconds into the second period, but New Prague scored the next six goals to put it out of reach. Darrin Lapic tied it with an assist from Sam Olson, at 11:10. Adams got the Trojans' third goal, with assists from Zach Adams and Tyler Lapic at 14:53, then Tyler Lapic scored a shorthanded goal, from Darrin Lapic and Zach Adams at 15:15. The Lapic brothers connected at 16:30, with Tyler scoring on a Darrin assist.

Jordan Holicky picked up an unassisted goal at 1:50 of the third period, then Schyler Adams scored from Tyler Lapic at 15:10. The Trojans gave up a goal in the final seconds to make the final 7-3. Sam Cassidy was in the nets for the Trojans, making 10 of 13 saves. New Prague outshot the Lakers 53-10.

New Prague 1 4 2 - 7

Prior Lake 1 1 1 - 3

December 29, at Little Falls

First Period: PL-Mueller (Dorn) 4:11 pp; NP-S. Adams (T. Lapic, Holicky) 7:21.

Second Period: PL-Perrier (Sterna, Kopas) :19; NP-D. Lapic (Olson) 11:10; NP-S. Adams (Z Adams, T. Lapic) 14:53; NP-T. Lapic (D. Lapic, Z. Adams) 15:15 sh; NP-T. Lapic (D Lapic) 16:30

Third Period: NP-Holicky (unassisted) 1:50; NP-S. Adams (T. Lapic) 15:10; PL-Sterna (Bluhm) 16:57 SH

Saves: NP-Cassidy 10 of 13; PL-Tsafaridis 46 of 53

Trojans 2, Falcons 0

Freshman Joe Morris got his first career varsity shutout as he turned back 31 shots and New Prague defeated Faribault 2-0 in the second round of the Little Fall Tournament.

Darrin Lapic scored the game's first goal at 16:24 of the first period, with Olson getting an assist. Tyler Witty scored the second, with assists from Aaron Kes and Treven Smith, at 13:11 of the second.

New Prague had a slight edge in shots, 31-30.

Faribault 0 0 0 - 0

New Prague 1 1 0 - 2

December 30, at Little Falls

First Period: NP-D Lapic (Olson) 16:24

Second Period: NP-Witty (Kes, Smith) 13:11

Third Period: no scoring

Saves: Far-Andreas 29 of 31, NP-Morris 30 of 30.

Flyers 5, Trojans 0

After a scoreless first period, Little Falls, ranked No. 5 in the state, poured it on in a 5-0 win over the Trojans. Ben Hanowski, on his way to becoming Minnesota's all-time leading scorer, picked up a natural hat trick in the second period, scoring two power play goals and a shorthand goal. The Flyers added one more in the second and another in the third to take the 5-0 win.

The Flyers outshot the Trojans 41-34. Morris stopped 36 shots.

New Prague 0 0 0 - 0

Little Falls 0 4 1 - 5

December 31, at Little Falls

First Period: no scoring

Second Period: LF-Hanowski (Hirsch) 6:00 PP; LF-Hanowski (Dougherty, Berglund) 10:29 PP; LF-Hanowski (Hirsch) 15:38 SH; LF-Berglund (Waytashek) 16:38.

Third Period: LF-Nelson (Hanowski, Hirsch)

Saves: NP-Morris 36 of 41; LF-Sperl 34 of 34

Trojans 8, Old Abes 6

New Prague and Eau Claire Memorial, the defending Wisconsin State champions, took part in a shootout in Eau Claire Saturday afternoon. The score was tied at 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 goals apiece, as neither team could deliver a knockout blow.

Things didn't start out well for the Trojans, who lost to Memorial 6-0 last season. They gave up two short-handed goals to spot the Old Abes a 2-0 lead. But Holicky got the Trojans on the board 20 seconds after the second goal with an unassisted power play goal to make it 2-1.

Smith tied it midway through the second period with an assist from Tyler Lapic, but Memorial took a 3-2 lead just two minutes later.

Schyler Adams answered with a goal at 15:32, with an assist to Mitch Lunder, making it 3-3 after two periods.

That's when the fun started. The Trojans and Old Abes punched and counter- punched in the early part of the third period, with the teams alternating for a total of six goals in the first seven minutes of the period. Lunder got it started with a goal at 1:31, with an assist to Thomas Fadden. Memorial had a power play goal at 2:45, but the Trojans regained the lead with a goal by Adam Corr, from Fadden and Lunder, at 3:11. The Old Abes tied it at 5-5 with a goal at 4:10.

Aaron Kes put the Trojans up 6-5, with an assist from Olson, at 5:06, but again it was tied at 6-6 when Memorial scored at 7:02.

Tyler Lapic got the eventual game-winner for the Trojans, with an assist from Schyler Adams, at 10:03. Adams assisted when Darren Lapic scored an insurance goal at 15:17.

Trojan coach Chris Lonke was very pleased with the way his team played in Eau Claire.

In each of our three losses

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