Boys hockey team picks up 2 wins

After dropping a pair of one-goal losses, the New Prague/ Montgomery-Lonsdale boys hockey team came up with a pair of wins last week, topping Mankato West 5-3 and Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 3-0.

The Trojans were scheduled to play at Orono Tuesday, Dec. 13. On Saturday they host Mound-Westonka, then open their Missota Conference season with two games, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at home against Northfield, then Thursday, Dec. 22, at Prior Lake. All three games begin at 7 p.m.

Trojans 5, Scarlets 3

The Trojans picked up their first win of the season with a 5-3 win over Mankato West Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The Trojans dominated things early, scoring two goals in each of the first two periods to take a 4-0 lead.

Ryan Kriha got the Trojans on the board with a goal at 5:24 of the first period, with Nate Thomas getting the assist.

Nineteen seconds later, those two set up the team’s second goal, as both got assists on Brad Bastyr’s first varsity goal. That gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead.

Ryan Witty struck quickly in the second period, scoring 23 seconds into the period. Nate Raabe and Luke Hanzel got assists. Hanzel scored the fourth goal at 12:15, on the power play, with Witty getting the assist.

West scored a power play goal 2:41 into the third period, but the Trojans got that one back at 8:29, when Colton Borwege scored. Matt Perkinson collected the assist.

West stepped up its attack in the last seven minutes, and the Trojans helped them a bit, as they went to the penalty box on a couple of occasions. West got its second goal on the power play at 10:26. They scored their third goal at 14:51, when the Trojans had two men in the box and the Scarlets pulled their goalie. They kept the pressure on, but the Trojans held them off and claimed the win.

Shots were even, with both teams getting 21. Kevin Cassidy took the win in goal for the Trojans, stopping 18 of 21 shots.

Dec. 6, at New Prague

Mankato West 0 0 3 — 3

New Prague/ML 2 2 1 — 5

First Period: NPML—Kriha (Thomas) 5:24; NPML—Bastyr (Thomas, Kriha) 5:43

Second Period: NPML—Witty (Raabe, Hanzel) 0:23; NPML—Hanzel (Witty) 12:15 pp;

Third Period: MW—Leivermann (Anderson, Deopere) 2:41 pp; NPML—Borwege (Perkinson) 8:29; MW—Anderson (Leivermann, Litchfield) 10:26 pp; MW—Christenson (unassisted) 14:51 pp

Saves: Mankato West-Isakson 4-8-4—16; New Prague-Cassidy 9-4-5—18

Trojans 3, Dragons 0

NPML evened its record at 2-2 by shutting out Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 3-0 Saturday afternoon in Litchfield.

The Trojans put lots of pressure on the Litchfield goaltender in the first period, as they outshot the Dragons 13-5, but they were unable to connect. LDC turned the tables in the second, outshooting the Trojans 11-9, but NPML wasn’t able to find the net until two seconds remained in the period, when Hanzel got an unassisted goal.

In the third, Witty made it a 2-0 game with an unassisted goal at 11:39, on the power play. The Trojans added one more, again on a last-minute goal by Hanzel, who found the net with 17 seconds remaining. Tyler Lapic and Darin Rezac assisted.

The Trojans outshot the Dragons 32-21. Cassidy picked up the win and recorded his first varsity shutout.

Dec. 10, at Litchfield

New Prague/ML 0 1 2 — 3

Litchfield/DC 0 0 0 — 0

First Period: no scoring

Second Period: NPML-Hanzel (unassisted) 16:58.

Third Period: NPML-Witty (unassisted) 11:39 pp; NPML-Hanzel (Lapic, Rezac) 16:43.

Saves: New Prague/ML-Cassidy 5-11-5—21, Litchfield/DC-Johnson 13-8-8—29

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