Trojans fall to Lourdes, Holy Family

The New Prague Trojan boys hockey team continued its early season struggles, losing to Rochester Lourdes and Holy Family Catholic last week.

The Trojans were scheduled to face Albert Lea Tuesday, Dec. 14, then will host Chaska on Friday, Dec. 17. New Prague will travel to Faribault on Tuesday, Dec. 21, in their final game before the Christmas holiday.

Eagles 3, Trojans 1

Penalties continued to hound the New Prague boys as Rohester Lourdes scored three power play goals in defeating New Prague 3-1 at Rochester Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The Eagles, who have defeated New Prague in the section semifinals each of the last three years, got on the board at 12:48 of the first period on a power play goal by Alex Funk. Jason Samuelson got another power play goal at 14:34 and, despite being outshot 9-7 in the period, took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.

The parade to the penalty box continued in the second period, but Lourdes was the team going to the box more often. However, the Trojans could not get any sustained offense, getting only three shot on goal and the score was still 2-0 after two.

Freshman Luke Lijewski scored at 4:17 of the third period to bring the Trojans to within one at 2-1, but New Prague took a penalty less than 30 second later and it proved costly, as the Eagles' Rory Vesel scored 23 seconds later to make it a two-goal game.

Shots were even at 21-21. Goaltender Joe Morris stopped 18 shots.

Fire 6, Trojans 2

Holy Family Catholic peppered the Trojan goal with 50 shots and defeated New Prague 6-2 Thursday, Dec. 9, at New Prague.

Holy Family scored first, but the Trojans tied it at the 6-minute mark when Jack Pexa scored on an assist from Alex Woyda.

However the Fire scored twice late in the period to take a 3-1 lead, then added another goal midway through the second to make it 4-1.

Woyda scored, on an assist from Pexa, at 9:50, to make it a 4-2 game, but the Fire burned the Trojans for two more goals in the third to put the game away.

Holy Family outshot the Trojans 50-27, with Morris making 44 saves.

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