CHASKA – “We finally played three full periods tonight,” New Prague boys hockey coach Chris Lonke said after their first win of the season 5-0 over Chaska. After five games of not having everything click New Prague was finally able to get the offense going and kept the pressure on the Chaska Hawks all night long.
It started early as New Prague would get the opening score by junior defensive man Cody Meyer with 14:58 in the first with an assist from Derrick Isaacson to put New Prague up 1-0 early. New Prague would continue to keep the puck in the Chaska zone and forced Chaska goalie Blake Jackson to be on top of his game to keep the game close. The Trojans would add a second goal after a redirected shot of Cody Meyer by sophomore forward Austin Killian to make the score 2-0 with 6:28 left in the first period. One positive for both teams was a penalty-free first period.
The second period would see New Prague continue the pressure from the first period and would score on a beautiful one-timer from Luke Lijewski to Jordan Holicky to put New Prague up 3-0 with 13:21 left. Chaska would get a couple of odd-man rushes midway through the period, but great saves by senior goalie Joe Morris would keep the shutout going. The first penalty of the game would allow New Prague to get another goal on a nice pass from Cody Meyer to an open Jordan Holicky to get his second goal of the period to put the Trojans up 4-0 to end the second period.
New Prague would continue to beat Chaska to the free pucks and capitalize on opportunities, but good work from Chaska goalie Blake Jackson would only allow one goal in the third period for New Prague. Colton Schmidt would add the only tally of the third period on a pass from Mike Fadden with 5:15 left. The Trojans were able to kill a penalty and finish with a shutout victory. Joe Morris had 17 saves in the win for New Prague. Chaska had 34 saves in the loss for Chaska.
New Prague improves to 1-1 in the Missota and 1-4-1 overall and will host Northfield on Tuesday. Chaska falls to 0-1 in the Missota and 0-6 overall and will host Waconia on Saturday.
By: Adam Bartels