Trojan boys top Shakopee, fall to CEC

The New Prague Trojan boys hockey team remains at the .500 level following a split of games last week.

The Trojans defeated Shakopee 6-0, then lost to Cloquet/Esko/Carlton 6-3 in a pair of games at the New Prague Area Community Center.

The Trojans (5-5-1, 3-0 Missota) were scheduled to face Holy Angels on Tuesday, Jan. 17. They host Chaska at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and Red Wing on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Trojans 6, Sabers 0 Evan Bisek stopped all 18 shots he faced as the Trojans defeated the visting Shakopee Sabers 6-0 Thursday, Jan. 3.

New Prague outshot the Sabers 33-18. The Trojans got the only goal of the first period at 12:21, with Austin Kilian scoring a shorthanded goal, with an assist to Seth Kriha.

New Prague broke open the game in the second. Jack Pexa got a shorthanded goal, assisted by Cody Meyer at 2:29, and Casey Busch followed at 4:45 with a goal, assisted by Jake Ekness. Austin Isaacson made it 4-0 at 13:06 to give the Trojans a 4-0 lead after two.

New Prague made it 5-0 on a Lucas Binger goal at 1:50 of the third. Pexa got his second goal of the night at 15:00, when Nick Sampson sent him a nice pass from behind the net into the slot. The senior defenseman placed the puck over the shoulder of the Saber goalie to make the final 6-0.

Lumberjacks 6, Trojans 3 New Prague fought hard, but eventually a 40-17 shot advantage took its toll as Cloquet/Esko/Carlton defeated the Trojans 6-3 at New Prague.

The Trojans drew first blood on an unassisted goal by Kain Wagner at 1:22. However the lead didn’t last long as the Lumberjacks tied it on a power play goal at 2:58. They added two more goals in a 23-second span at the six-minute mark to make it 3-1.

The Trojans closed the gap when Alex Gregor scored, on a Meyer assist, to make it 3-2 after one period.

New Prague tied the game early in the second on a goal by Ben Witt, assisted by Kilian and Meyer. It stayed that way through much of the period, but CEC scored twice in the final two minutes and to take a 5-3 lead into intermission.

The only goal of the third period came on an empty netter by CEC to make the final 6-3.

Bisek made 34 saves for the Trojans.