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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Late run carries Trojans past Eagles

  • After fighting back from a 3-0 deficit and nearly tying the game, a four goal run by New Prague doomed the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye girls hockey team on Jan. 24.
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  • New Prague 7, New Ulm/Sleepy Eye 2
     
    After fighting back from a 3-0 deficit and nearly tying the game, a four goal run by New Prague doomed the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye girls hockey team on Jan. 24.
     
    It was a slow start for the Eagles. Each team had eight shots on goal in the first, but it was New Prague who put two of them in. The Trojans plowed through New Ulm’s shaky defense to grab the 2-0 advantage.
     
    But New Prague was just getting started. The Trojans made it 3-0 after scoring on a power play in the middle of the second period due to a holding penalty by Miranda McMullen. Thankfully, the Eagles had three power plays of their own and sophomore Brittany Denn capitalized on the third one to put New Ulm on the board late in the second with Brook Schugel claiming the assist.
     
    The goal gave the Eagles some momentum, as eighth grader Dani Weiss rebounded one in after shots from Morgan Schaefer and McMullen to start the third to make it 3-2. The momentum continued for the Eagles, but it was short lived. NUSE had multiple shots on goal, including one that banked off of the crossbar which would have tied the game at three. However, New Prague’s goalie seemed impenetrable and the offensive push from the Eagles came to a stop. NUSE’s already tired defense broke down and allowed the Trojans to score four more goals which quickly ended the game and the hope to tie.
     
    The loss broke a four game winning streak for the Eagles, who move to 15-6 on the year but still look to be top contenders in the Section 3A Tournament which will begin on Feb. 7. NUSE’s final two games of the regular season will be at home when it hosts Holy Family on Jan. 30 and Waseca on Jan. 31.
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