NPHS girls’ hockey team looking for some offense

New Prague’s Ella Hansen (7) bears down on Minneapolis’ goalie before scoring the Trojans only goal during the Saturday, Jan. 14, home game. New Prague lost, 4-1. (Patrick Fisher photo)

Despite their best efforts, the New Prague High School girls’ ice hockey team has found offense in short supply. With tough competition on the horizon, scoring more goals will keep the team in a better position.

The Trojans have scored 10 goals in their last seven games. In the past week, the three goals in three games haven’t been enough against solid competition.

New Prague was slated to face Mankato West/Loyola Tuesday, Jan. 17, after The New Prague Times went to press. Tonight, Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m., the Trojans will host Waconia, a team that has its own offensive challenges and is 3-11 overall. Saturday, Jan. 21, NPHS will travel to Benilde-St. Margaret’s (10-4-2 overall, 1-0-1 in Metro West).

Minneapolis 4, Trojans 1 A three-goal outburst in the second period gave Minneapolis the cushion it needed Saturday, Jan. 14, against host NPHS. Minneapolis outshot the Trojans, 18-6, during the second period and 40-25 for the game.

New Prague opened the game’s scoring at the 4:00 mark when Ella Hansen gave her team a 1-0 lead, thanks to an assist from Madison Picka.

Minneapolis tied the game, 1-1, at the 11:04 mark and added the three even-strength goals in the second period.

NPHS goalie Ellie Schmidt made 36 saves in the contest and the Trojans’ penalty-killing unit was successful on three opportunities.

Chaska/Chanhassen 4, Trojans 1 New Prague battled back against a tough offensive squad but came up just short Thursday, Jan. 12.

Trailing 2-0 in the second period, New Prague peppered the Hawks’ goal with...

To see more on this story pick up the January 19, 2023 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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