Trojan skaters bounce back from loss with win over Tigers

The New Prague/Montgomery-Lonsdale boys hockey team played two Missota Conference games last week, losing to No. 1-ranked Holy Angels 6-1 and then coming back to defeat Hutchinson 5-1.

The Trojans (10-3-0, 3-1-0 Missota) were scheduled to face New Ulm Tuesday evening. They will be busy in the coming week, as they travel to Farmington for a game at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. They host Prior Lake at 4 p.m. Saturday in a makeup game, then host Red Wing on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.

Stars 6, Trojans 1

New Prague was no match for the No.-1 ranked team in Class AA, but that didn't mean the Trojans didn't give it a good effort. New Prague players skated hard and played aggressively until the final buzzer sounded.

Holy Angels took a 3-0 lead in the first period and extended it to 5-0 after two.

Seth Ambroz got New Prague's lone goal on a power play at 6:59 of the third period. The eighth-grader grabbed a loose puck about 15 feet from the net and flipped it past the Stars' goalie, making the score 5-1. Holy Angels would get one more goal to make the final 6-1.

Brandon Palma stopped 36 of 42 shots for the Trojans.

Jan. 9, at New Prague

Holy Angels 3 2 1 - 6

New Prague/ML 0 0 1 - 1

First Period: HA-Knelman (Raskob, Mattson) 6:28; HA-Smith (Mattson, Knelman) 10:50; HA-Raskob (Matson) 12:08

Second Period: HA-Mattson (Brutlag, Smith) 4:36 pp. HA-Smith (unassisted) 12:22

Third Period: NP-Ambroz (unassisted) 6:59 pp; HA-Knelman (Smith, Mattson) 8:37

Saves: Holy Angels (Webb) 1-7-7-15; New Prague (B. Palma) 17-11-8-36

Trojans 5, Tigers 1

Senior Ryan Witty scored a hat trick - including two shorthanded goals - and Tyler Lapic added a goal and an assist as the Trojans defeated Hutchinson 5-1 at Hutchinson Friday, Jan. 12.

New Prague controlled the action in the first period, outshooting the Tigers 19-3, but it was Hutchinson that got on the scoreboard first with a goal at 15:19 of the period. New Prague responded a little more than a minute later, when Drew Feuk scored, from Schyler Adams, at 16:37.

Witty scored the only goal of the second period, shorthanded, on an assist from Lapic at 12:48 to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead.

Witty struck quickly in the third, scoring just 54 seconds into the period on a power play. Ambroz got the assist. Then Darin Rezac and Matt Perkinson set Witty up for his third goal, shorthanded, at 6:18.

Lapic added a power play goal, from Witty, at 11:31.

Shots in the game were even at 32-32, but Palma made 31 saves to take the win in goal.

Jan. 12, at Hutchinson

New Prague/ML 1 1 3 - 5

Hutchinson 1 0 0 - 1

First Period: Hut-Westland (unassisted) 15:19; NP-Feuk (Adams) 16:37

Second Period: NP-Witty (Lapic) 12:48 sh

Third Period: NP-Witty (Ambroz) :54 pp; NP-Witty (Rezac, Perkinson) 6:18 sh; NP-Lapic (Witty) 11:31 pp

Saves: New Prague (B. Palma) 2-16-9-27; Hutchinson (Hantge) 18-6-7-31

Mites to skate

New Prague youth hockey mite teams will skate between the first and second periods of Trojan home games on January 20, 23 and 30 and February 6 and 10.

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