Girls fall to Century in hockey opener

The New Prague Trojan girls hockey team opened its 2013-14 season Saturday, Nov. 9, with a 5-3 loss to Rochester Century at the Rochester Rec Center.

The Trojans, rated No. 10 in the Class A preseason poll by Let's Play Hockey, spotted the host Panthers five goals over a 10-minute stretch of game time from late in the first period to early in the second, then spent the rest of the contest playing catch-up, but weren't able to dig themselves out of the deep hole.

Century's Jessie Aney figured in scoring all five goals, with two goals and three assists. She got the scoring going at 12:02 of the first period and the Panthers scored twice more in the first, then added two more goals over the first five minute of the second.

New Prague got on the board with a goal by Dani Kocina, assisted by Catie Skaja and Cassie Dietz at 12:50 of the second.

Kocina got her second goal just 28 seconds in the third, again on a Skaja assist. The Trojans continued to put pressure on the Panthers, outshooting them 14-8 in the final period, but managed just one more goal, a power play goal by Skaja, with assists to Jordan Anderson and Kocina at 11:11.

For the game, Century outshot the Trojans 27-26. Sydney Culshaw was in goal for New Prague and stopped 22 shots.

The Trojans were scheduled to face Orono (No. 7, Class A) on Tuesday, Nov. 12, after this edition of The New Prague Times went to press. They will continue their busy early-season schedule over the next week, hosting Hopkins (No. 7, Class AA) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. New Prague travels to Richfield to play Holy Angels Tuesday, Nov. 19, then will host Mound- Westonka (No. 8, Class A) on Thursday, Nov. 21.