Late run lifts New Prague

NEW ULM – The New Ulm girl’s hockey team found out just how fast things can make a turn for the worse.

The Eagles fought their way back from a 3-0 deficit, trimming the New Prague lead to 3-2 on a third-period goal by Dani Weiss with seven minutes left in the game.

But the Trojans put their foot back on the gas pedal, scoring four consecutive goals to beat the Eagles 7-2 in nonconference girl’s hockey action at the New Ulm Civic Center Friday night.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Eagles (15-6), who are just two games away from the postseason. The loss is also a reality check for a team looking to be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

“We got that second goal and we had the momentum, but then they got one right away and then they had three in the back of the net,”?New Ulm coach Kristin Faber said. “It’s just breakdowns that we can’t have happen at this time of the year. I told the girls that I think we played about a 35-minute game. We need to play hard for 51 minutes every game and hopefully get back on track.”

The Trojans (12-11) scored two goals in the first period, both coming from Dani Kocina. New Prague went up 3-0 in the second period on Haylee Prochaska’s goal before Brittany Denn scored to make it 3-1. Denn’s goal was assisted by Brook Schugel.

Weiss scored New Ulm’s second goal to cut the lead to 3-2, but after that, it was all New Prague.

While it wasn’t fun for Faber to watch the Trojans go on the late-game run, it did give the Eagles a chance to see some of the things they need to work on in practice.

“I think it kind of puts us in our place,” Faber said. “I don’t think we were getting overconfident, but it’s something now that we’re going to take a look at and we still have a lot of work to do.”

New Ulm will be seeded for the playoffs next week. The Eagles host Holy Family at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and close the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday when it hosts Waseca.

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