NP girls looking for a push to better section seeding

The NPHS girls’ ice hockey team will be honoring its 10 seniors Saturday, Jan. 6, 3 p.m., when the Trojans welcome Mankato West-Loyola-St. Clair to the NP Community Center. The seniors include (back row, from left) Morgan Herbeck, Emma Wilkins, Maezie Lock, Avaya Schneider, Taylor Peterson, (front row, from left) Ellie Schmidt, Makayla Prochaska, Ella Hansen, Sophie Baker and Kaelyn Borwege. (Submitted photo)

Although the little steps toward getting better aren’t yet showing up in the win-loss column, the New Prague girls’ ice hockey team is taking small steps the Trojans hope will show up as they head into the conference season.

With about a month left in its season, New Prague is hoping for a turnaround. The Trojans need to win some games to receive a better seed, one that will spare them an opening round match against a powerhouse like Minnetonka. A year ago, the Trojans fell in their opening section game, 14-1, to a Minnetonka team that reached the state tournament.

New Prague competed in the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic last week in Farmington. The team suffered three setbacks, falling to host Farmington, 9-0, East Ridge, 2-1, and Owatonna, 5-1.

This week, New Prague will be back on home ice Thursday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m., against Mound Westonka/Southwest Christian. Saturday, Jan. 6, 3 p.m., the Trojans will honor their seniors, girls who have played together since their 8U days, in a home game against Mankato West-St.Clair.

“We’re really hoping for a great crowd,” said NPHS coach Madison Drazan. “We have a month until the section seeding meeting and we need to turn things around. This is a good week to get started.”

Farmington 9, Trojans 0 The tournament host Tigers blew open a close game with five second-period goals Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Schmitz-Maki Ice Arena.

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To see more on this story pick up the January 4, 2024 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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