Special teams has been a killer for the Faribault High School boys hockey team this season, and it was more of the same Tuesday as the Falcons fell 5-1 to New Prague at home.
Faribault allowed three power-play goals and gave up a shorthanded tally in the third period as the Trojans were out-shot 22-18 but found a way to win.
New Prague had 10 power plays in the game.
“We’re young, and we need to play five on five,” coach Brad Ryan said. “Some of them are aggressive penalties. Out of the 10 penalties we had, 70 percent of them would be considered retaliation or selfish penalties.”
Heading into a road game against Orono on Thursday, Ryan said the team will be making personnel changes, and some junior varsity players will be getting an opportunity to play at the varsity level.
FHS GAME STATISTICS
New Prague 1 2 2 — 5
Faribault 1 0 0 — 1
Scoring — 10:02 NP James Oak (Curt Brezina) PPG, 14:40 FHS Connor Wierschem (Jack Helgeson, Sean Lipinski) PPG. Second period: 0:36 NP Cody Meyer (Jordan Holicky), 3:05 NP Austin Kilian (Meyer) PPG. Third period: 3:36 NP Brezina (unassisted) SHG, 13:49 NP Brent Jones (Alex Woyda) PPG. Shots on goal — NP 18, FHS 22. Power plays — NP 3-10, FHS 1-7. Saves — NP Joe Morris 17, FHS Jarrad Bruessel 6, FHS Cody Morsching 7.