Boys earn split in first two games

The New Prague Trojan boys hockey team opened its season with a pair of up-and-down games, defeating Mankato West and losing to New Ulm.

The Trojans were scheduled to face Rochester Lourdes Tuesday, Dec. 7. They will host Holy Family Catholic at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, and will face Albert Lea at home on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Trojans 5, Scarlets 4

New Prague and Mankato West opened the hockey season with a wide-open contest that saw four lead changes and ended with an overtime goal by freshman Colton Schmidt to give the Trojans a 5-4 win.

West scored early in the contest on the power play, but the Trojans got a shorthanded goal at 11:34 of the first period by sophomore Cody Meyer. Meyer came in along the right-hand boards, skated in on the West goaltender and fired a shot that went past the goalie on his glove side.

The Trojans came out dominating play in the second period, controlling the action for nearly five minutes before James Oak fired a shot from the blue line that got past the Scarlet goalie, making it 2-1.

West tied the game just 15 seconds later. The Trojans went up 3-2 on a goal by Curt Brezina, with an assist from Cole Mason. However the Scarlets tied it at 3-3 before the period ended.

New Prague had a problem with penalties through the game, but especially in the second period. They had five penalties over a four-minute span that included two 5-on-3 power plays for West, the first of which resulted in a Scarlet goal.

The Trojan sent a man to the box early in the third period, and the Scarlets made it hurt when Ville Rantanen, a foreign exchange student, scored just seven seconds later to complete his power play.

New Prague tied the game at 4-4 when Curt Brezina scored on an assist form Austin Kilian.

The Trojans took another penalty in the extra session, but just 11 seconds later the Scarlets took a penalty to even things out. Less than a minute later Schmidt scored the game-winner, assisted by Luke Lijewski.

New Prague outshot West 38-37, with Joe Morris stopping 33 shots.

Eagles 7, Trojans 5

New Prague looked to have taken control in their game with New Ulm, scoring two goals in less than 30 second to take a 5-4 lead early in the third period, but New Ulm answered with three goals of their own to claim a 7-5 win over the Trojans.

The game was a back-and-forth affair that saw the Trojans take a 3-1 lead, only to have the Eagles score three straight for a 4-3 lead early in the third. Brezina had two goals while Ryan Richardson had a goal and an assist. Other goals were by Schmidt and Alex Woyda. Assists were by Lijewski, Kilian, Jordan Holicky and Oak.

The Trojans outshot New Ulm 32-28. Morris had 21 saves.

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