Trojans to go for 20th win Thursday

The New Prague/Montgomery-Lonsdale boys hockey team will attempt to win their 20th game of the season in their regular season finale Thursday, when they travel to Red Wing.

The Trojans set a school record Saturday with their 18th win of the season. The previous record was set in 2004, when the team won 17. They upped their record to 19-5 Tuesday with a 4-3 win over Farmington. Details of that game will be in next week's edition of The Times.

Seeding for the Section 6A tournament will take place this weekend. The Trojans should be one of the top seeds and get a first round bye, meaning they would host a quarterfinal game on Saturday, Feb. 24.

New Prague defeated Hutchinson, Northfield and Mankato East last week.

Trojans 5, Tigers 1

New Prague scored two goals in the first period, including one with one second left on the clock, to take a 2-0 lead over Hutchinson Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Ryan Witty and Schyler Adams had the goals for the Trojans, who outshot Hutchinson 13-2.

The second period saw the Tigers fight back, outshooting New Prague 8-6. Hutch scored the only goal of the period, on a power play at 3:22.

New Prague regained their offensive power in the third, putting 14 shots on net. Seth Ambroz scored twice and Matt Perkinson added the third to give New Prague a 5-1 win.

Brandon Palma stopped 13 shots as the Trojans outshot Hutch 33-14.

Feb. 6, at New Prague

Hutchinson 0 1 0 - 1

New Prague/ML 2 0 3 - 5

First Period: NP-Witty (Ambroz, Adams) 8:39; NP-Adams (Witty, Lapic) 16:59 pp

Second Period: Hut-Lowger (Braun) 3:22 pp

Third Period: NP-Ambroz (Bartelt, Witty) 6:57 pp; NP-Ambroz (Adams, Witty) 6:54; NP-Perkinson (Ambroz) 15:49

Saves: Hutchinson (Swenson) 11-6-11-28; New Prague (B. Palma) 2-7-4-13

Trojans 4, Raiders 3

New Prague jumped to a 4-1 lead, then held on as Northfield scored twice to pull to within a goal. However, the Trojans shut the door on Northfield after that, taking the 4-3 win.

Adams opened the scoring late in the first with a goal at 14:48. The Raiders tied it in the first minute of the second period with a power play goal. But Ambroz gave the Trojans the lead for good with a goal at 7:16. Adams and Ambroz each added goals in the period, with Northfield scoring with 1:01 left to make it a 4-2 game.

The Raiders added a power play goal in the third, but New Prague's Brandon Palma was stingy the rest of the way, shutting the door on the Raiders. New Prague outshot Northfield 35-25.

Feb. 8, at Northfield

New Prague/ML 1 3 0 - 4

Northfield 0 2 1 - 3

First Period: NP-Adams (Rezac) 14:48;

Second Period: Nor-Saari (Pumper, Docken) :46 pp; NP-Ambroz (Witty) 7:16; NP-Adams (Ambroz, Eaton) 7:40; NP-Ambroz (Witty, Adams) 11:46 pp; Nor-Pumper (Jirik) 15:59.

Third Period: Nor-Saari (Docken, Dyrdahl) 7:52 pp.

Saves: New Prague (B. Palma) 9-4-9-22; Northfield (Ellingson) 15-10-6-31

Trojans 10, Cougars 2

New Prague dominated play in a non-conference contest with Mankato East, winning 10-2.

Brad Benson gave the Trojans an early lead, but the Cougars tied it with a power play goal. Tyler Woyda picked a good time to get his first varsity goal, at 9:19 of the period, giving the Trojans a 2-1 lead. Ambroz followed with a goal in the final minutes of the period to make it 3-1 New Prague.

New Prague would make it 5-1 with a pair of quick goals in the second. Mark Kramer scored 55 seconds into the period, with Alec Doig getting the second at 1:22.

After another East goal, Drew Feuk scored on a power play, from Doig and Kramer, at 10:43.

Adams, Witty, Benson and Feuk added goals in the third period, with Feuk's an unassisted shorthanded goal.

The Trojans outshot East 47-14, with Palma making 12 saves.

Feb. 10, at New Prague

Mankato East 1 1 0 - 2

New Prague/ML 3 3 4 - 10

First Period: NP-Benson (Thomas) 1:59; ME-Olson (unassisted) 6:26 pp; NP-Woyda (Thomas) 9:19; NP-Ambroz (Doig, Adams) 16:28.

Second Period: NP-Kramer (Doig, Borwege) :55; NP-Doig (Borwege) 1:22; Me-Kolstod (unassisted) 5:00; NP-Feuk (Doig, Kramer) 10:43 pp.

Third Period: NP-Adams (K. Palma, Witty) 1:14 pp; NP-Witty (Adams) 1:30; NP-Benson (Witty, K. Palma) 4:00; NP-Feuk (unassisted) 12:20 sh

Saves: Mankato East (Wassinger) 13-16-9-37; New Prague (B. Palma) 6-3-3-12

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