Trojans play tough on northern trek

The New Prague Trojans played two tough games, but came away winless on their northern trek last week, falling to Cloquet/Esko/Carlton and No. 1 Hermantown. Earlier in the week New Prague defeated Chaska 7-2.

The Trojans (9-9-1, 6-3 Missota) were scheduled to resume conference play Tuesday at Shakopee. The team will host league-leading Chanhassen Monday, Feb. 6, and play at Farmington Thursday, Feb. 9.

Trojans 7,

Chaska Hawks 2

It took the Trojans some time to get on track offensively, but when they did the goals came fast and furious in their 7-2 win over Chaska Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Cody Meyer tried to set the tone early for New Prague, scoring just 2:51 into the game, but there would be no more scoring until late in the second period. The Trojans' Colton Schmidt scored at 14:06 and unleashed a fury, as Luke Lijewski followed with a goal 23 seconds later at 14:29.

After a Chaska goal at 16:13, the Trojans answered 15 seconds later on a goal by Jack Pexa.

New Prague outscored the Hawks 3-1 in the third period, with Kain Wagner scoring twice and Austin Kilian getting the other goal.

Lijewski had a goal and three assists, Pexa a goal and two assist, Wagner two goals, Kilian, Schmidt and Meyer a goal and an assist and Kyle Strand, Andy Kes, Michael Fadden and Jordan Holicky each collecting an assist.

Evan Bisek got the win in goal, stopping 21 of 23 shots.

Lumberjacks 3,

Trojans 2

New Prague scored first in their game at Cloquet Friday, Jan. 27, when Pexa scored on a Schmidt assist just 26 seconds into the game.

However the Lumberjacks tied it and then took advantage of a 5-minute power play to take a 2-1 lead by the end of the first period.

It was 3-1 in the second when Meyer scored on a power play, from Lijewski and Kilian, to make it a 3-2 game. The Trojans outshot the Lumberjacks 8-6 in the third period, but were not able to tie the score.

Cloquet outshot the Trojans 27-17, with Morris stopping 24 shots for the Trojans.

Hermantown Hawks 5, Trojans 3

New Prague faced off against undefeated and No. 1-ranked Hermantown in the Hawks' home arena and held their own for most of the game.

Despite a more than 2-to-1 shot advantage, Hermantown trailed 2-1 midway through the second period. The Hawks scored three goals in the final seven minutes of the second to take a 4-3 lead into the intermission, then scored early in the third to make the final 5-3.

New Prague goals were by Schmidt, from Lijewski; Pexa, from Nick Sampson and Morris; and Kilian, from Lijewski and Schmidt.

Hermantown outshot the Trojans 52-24. Morris kept the Trojans in the game with 47 saves.

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