Trojan girls tie Blaze, rip Raiders

New Prague High School's girls hockey team moved above .500 last week with a 6-1 win over Northfield in a Missota Conference matchup. Earlier in the week, the Trojans tied Lake Conference power Burnsville.

New Prague has Missota Conference games in the next week, two of which are against Section 2A foes. They play at Farmington Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7:15 p.m., then host Red Wing on Tuesday, Dec. 19. They play their final game before the holiday break on Thursday, Dec. 21, at Prior Lake.

Blaze 5, Trojans 5

New Prague jumped to an early 3-0 lead, but with several players missing due to illness or other reasons, they ran out of steam and weren't able to hold on, as the Blaze came back for a 5-5 tie.

Jenna Kilpatrick got the Trojans on track with an unassisted goal at 3:22. Kacy Ambroz scored twice, the first on assists from Courtney Sivula and Kilpatrick at 7:49, and the other from Jackie Klanchnik and Kilpatrick at 12:58.

But the Blaze scored twice late in the period to pull to within 3-2 after one period.

Ambroz scored on an assist from Britty Smith to make it 4-2 just three minutes into the second period, and that held until the Blaze scored with 12:06 remaining, making it 4-3 after two.

Burnsville tied the game on a power play goal at 2:33 of the third period, but the Trojans regained the lead just 29 seconds later when eighth grader Sam Lijewski recorded her first varsity goal. Klanchnik and Ambroz got the assists.

That lead was short-lived, however, as the Blaze tied it again at 3:22. The two teams both had plenty of scoring chances the rest of the way, but both goaltenders shut the door through the final 13 minutes of regulation and eight minutes of overtime, with the game ending in a 5-5 tie.

Daedra Culshaw was in the nets for the Trojans. She faced 30 shots, stopping 25. Burnsville outshot New Prague 30-26. Both teams had four shots on goal in the extra session.

Dec. 5, at New Prague

Burnsville 2 1 2 0 - 5

New Prague 3 1 1 0 - 5

First Period: NP-Kilpatrick (unassisted) 3:22; NP-Ambroz (Sivula, Kilpatrick) 7:49; NP-Ambroz (Klanchnik, Kilpatrick) 12:58; Bur-Mackley (unassisted) 13:34; Bur-Colin (Marko, Carothers) 16:40

Second Period: NP-Ambroz (Smith) 3:00 pp; Bur-Colin (Barnes) 12:06

Third Period: Bur-Carothers (Mackley) 2:33 pp; NP-Lijewski (Klanchnik, Ambroz) 3:02; Bur-Carothers (Alvarez, Colin) 3:21

Saves: Burnsville (Mortinson) 9-2-6-4-21; New Prague (Culshaw) 6-8-7-4-25

Trojans 6, Raiders 1

The Trojans upped their Missota Conference record to 2-0-0 with a win over the host Raiders at the Northfield Arena.

The Trojans jumped to a 3-0 lead with three first period goals, two of them by Ambroz in the final two minutes of the period.

It was Kilpatrick who got the Trojans on the board first, at 10:27 of the period. Smith and Breanna Bisek got assists. Kilpatrick and Sivula set up the next goal, a power play at 15:37 by Ambroz. She found the back of the net a second time a little more than a minute later, at 16:45, with assists from Sivula and Smith.

Lijewski put the Trojans up 4-0 with a goal from Breanne Hrabe and Ambroz at 4:09 of the second, and Sivula scored from Kilpatrick at 12:44.

The Raiders scored early in the third period, but the Trojans got that one back with a goal by Kilpatrick, assisted by Ambroz and Hrabe.

The Trojans outshot the Raiders 49-10, with Culshaw stopping nine of 10.

Dec. 7, at Northfield

New Prague 3 2 1 - 6

Northfield 0 0 1 - 1

First Period: NP-Kilpatrick (Smith, Bisek) 10:27; NP-Ambroz (Kilpatrick, Sivula)15:37 pp; NP-Ambroz (Sivula, Smith) 16:45.

Second Period: NP-Lijewski (Hrabe, Ambroz) 4:09; NP-Sivula (Kilpatrick) 12:44.

Third Period: Nor-Jirik (Dvorak, Nguyen) 1:34; NP-Kilpatrick (Ambroz, Hrabe) time na

Saves: New Prague (Culshaw) 3-4-2-9; Northfield (Stark) 16-12-15-43

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