Girls hockey tops Hutch, take 2nd in tourney

The Trojans’ Catie Skaja (14) scored two short-handed goals in the win over Albert Lea. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague Trojan girls hockey team had three games last week, topping Hutchinson in a non-conference game Tuesday, Nov. 26, then splitting a pair of games to take second in the New Prague Black Friday Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30.

The Trojans (3-5) have a couple of Missota Conference games on tap in the next week. They will play at Chanhassen/Chaska Thursday, Dec. 5, at Chaska, then travel to No. 1-ranked Red Wing on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Both games are at 7:15 p.m.

Trojans 8, Hutch Tigers 2 New Prague's Dani Wilmes scored two goals in the first five minute to get the Trojans started in their 8-2 non-conference win over Hutchinson. Dani Kocina also had two goals and two assists and Catie Skaja had a hat trick along with an assist. Marissa Kivi got the Trojans' other goal. Haylee Prochaska had two assists and Haley Dietz and Jordan Anderson had one assist each.

New Prague led 3-0 midway through the first period. Hutchinson scored late in the first, but the Trojans added three more in the second and two in the third, sandwiched around the other Tiger goal.

Sydney Culshaw got the win in goal, stopping 16 of 18 shots. New Prague peppered the Tiger goaltender with 64 shots, including 28 in the final period.

Trojans 5, AL Tigers 1 New Prague came out on the attack and kept it up throughout, outshooting Albert Lea 44-7 on their way to a 5-1 win in the first round of the Black Friday tournament Friday, Nov. 29.

Kocina scored a pure hat trick, getting the Trojans' first three goals. Two of those came in the first period and the other early in the second, giving the Trojans a 3-0 lead. Skaja picked up two assists, with Kivi and Sarah Larson each adding an assist.

Albert Lea got on the board late in the second, and the Trojans took a penalty on the play to give the Tigers a chance to pull closer. However the Trojans responded with two short-handed goals by Skaja during the penalty kill, giving them a 5-1 lead after two. New Prague outshot Albert Lea 16-1 in the final period, but there was no additional scoring.

Culshaw stopped six of seven shots for the Trojans.

Achiever Academy defeated Cambridge- Isanti/Mora/Pine City in the other semifinal game.

Aces 3, Trojans 0 Achiever Academy dominated early, outshoot the Trojans 11-2 in the first period, but Culshaw was able to stop most everything that came her way, allowing just one goal to trail 1-0 after one period.

Shots were closer over the next two periods, but The Trojans could not get the puck in the net. The Aces added a single goal in each of the final two periods to take the 3-0 win.

Achiever outshot the Trojans 34-21 for the game, with Culshaw stopping 31 shots.