Trojans, Stars to meet for share of Missota title

New Prague's girls hockey team will host Holy Angels Thursday, Feb. 1, with a share of the Missota Conference title on the line.

The Stars (21-3-0, 12-1-0 Missota) have already clinched a share of the crown, while the Trojans (13-8-3, 10-2-0) can have a chance to tie for the league lead with a win Thursday. The Trojans will have one more game remaining, Saturday afternoon against Northfield at the New Prague Community Center.

New Prague and Holy Angels have already played twice this season. The first meeting, in the South St. Paul Kaposia Classic, resulted in a 3-2 overtime win for Holy Angels, while the second game, January 9 at Richfield, was a 6-0 win for the Stars. New Prague has never beaten Holy Angels in girls hockey in the eight years they have fielded a girls hockey team.

New Prague defeated Red Wing and Prior Lake last week, but the Trojans were upset by Shakopee 5-4 Tuesday evening. Details on the Shakopee game will be in next week's edition of The Times.

This weekend, coaches in Section 2A will meet and seed teams for the section tournament. New Prague and Farmington are likely to get the top two seeds and a first round bye; however, complicating things is the fact that Richfield, with a 13-8-1 record, has wins over both New Prague and Farmington.

The third and fourth seeds will host first round section games on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Section semifinals will be played Saturday, Feb. 10, at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.

The Section 2A championship game will be played Friday, Feb. 16, at Aldrich.

Trojans 8, Wingers 1

New Prague had a strong first period, scoring four goals and outshooting Red Wing 15-2. Jenna Kilpatrick and Kacy Ambroz each scored two goals.

Ashley Jones and Kilpatrick scored in the second period, while Breanne Hrabe and Ambroz scored in the third. Trojan goaltender Brittany Sickmann lost her shutout bid when the Wingers scored an unassisted goal at 9:58.

New Prague outshot the Wingers 38-13. Sickmann made 12 saves.

Jan. 23, at Red Wing

New Prague 4 2 2 - 8

Red Wing 0 0 1 - 1

First Period: NP-Kilpatrick (Smith) 8:13; NP-Ambroz (Hrabe, Kilpatrick) 9:53; NP-Kilpatrick (Hrabe) 12:25; NP-Ambroz (Kilpatrick, Sivula) 14:14

Second Period: NP-Jones (Paschke) 5:04; NP-Kilpatrick (unassisted) 9:54

Third Period: NP-Hrabe (Eldred) :40; NP-Ambroz (Kilpatrick) 5:00; RW-Alleva (unassisted) 9:58.

Saves: New Prague (Sickmann) 2-3-7-12; Red Wing (McGough) 11-14-5-30

Trojans 9, Lakers 1

For the second straight game, the Trojans put things out of reach in the first period. Kilpatrick scored three goals and Ambroz and Courtney Sivula one each to give the Trojans a 5-0 lead.

Kilpatrick's third goal moved her into the No. 2 spot on Minnesota's all-time scoring list, past Ronda Curtin of Roseville, who finished her career with 470 points.

Kilpatrick finished the game with 473 points, (263 goals and 210 assists) in her six-year career. Only Renee Curtin of Roseville has more, with 544 points.

Prior Lake got its only goal of the game early in the second, but Kilpatrick responded with two more goals. New Prague led 8-1 after two periods, with Britty Smith getting a power play goal. She took the puck along the boards near center ice and skated in on the goaltender for the unassisted score.

Mariah Holicky scored the only goal of the third period to make it a 9-1 game.

Daedra Culshaw stopped 13 of 14 shots, as the Trojan outshot the Lakers 33-14.

Jan. 26, at Prior Lake

New Prague 5 3 1 - 9

Prior Lake 0 1 0 - 1

First Period: NP-Kilpatrick (Ambroz, Sivula) 1:31; NP-Sivula (Kilpatrick, Bartelt) 5:42; NP-Kilpatrick (Ambroz) 7:14; NP-Ambroz (Kilpatrick) 11:04 pp; NP-Kilpatrick (Ambroz, Sivula) 14:46

Second Period: PL-O'Keefe (Bailey) :34; NP-Kilpatrick (Ambroz) 3:54; NP-Kilpatrick (Jones) 7:33; NP-Smith (unassisted) 12:44 pp

Third Period: NP-Holicky (Eldred, Jones) 10:52

Saves: New Prague (Culshaw) 7-4-2-13; Prior Lake (Schultz 10-9-x-19, Fitzgerald-Prihada x-2-3-5) 10-11-3-24

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