Trojans tie Hutch, topple Lourdes

The New Prague Trojan boys hockey team hosted two games last week, tying Hutchinson and defeating Rochester Lourdes. The Trojans (5-1-2) are scheduled to compete in the South St. Paul Premier tournament this week. Their first game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, against Hopkins. Other teams in the tournament are Luverne, Eagan, St. Paul Johnson, Woodbury, Hastings and South St. Paul.

Trojans 3, Tigers 3 New Prague appeared well on its way to a 3-1 victory over Hutchinson to open its Wright County Conference schedule Tuesday, Dec. 19, when the win slipped away in the most improbable fashion.

New Prague took four penalties in the third period, including two that resulted in 5-on-3 situations for 40 seconds, but New Prague still maintained control. That changed when the Trojans took another penalty, their fifth of the period, with 32 seconds remaining. Hutchinson pulled their goalie and scored at 16:53 to pull to within 3-2.

Still, with seven seconds remaining, the win seemed all but locked up. However the Trojans iced the puck right after the faceoff, bringing the ensuing faceoff into their own zone with 2.7 seconds remaining. The Tigers again pulled their goalie and put five players directly in front of the Trojan goal. They won the draw and Collin McKimm fired off a shot that found its way past Trojan goalie Collin Dorzinski just ahead of the buzzer, tieing the game and forcing overtime.

New Prague dominated play in the extra session, aided by a Tiger penalty. They outshot Hutchinson 9-1 and had several good chances for the winning goal, but the....

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