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Stopped On Home Ice By A Top Section Foe

02/01/2019, 1:15pm CST
By Tom Schardin

The Prior Lake boys hockey team continues to struggle to find the back of the net.

The Lakers have scored just eight goals in their last six games, including a 3-1 home loss to No. 2-ranked Minnetonka Jan. 31 in a battle of Section 2AA foes.

Prior Lake (8-10-1 overall) is 1-4-1 in its last six games. The team is back on the ice Feb. 5 at home versus Burnsville in South Suburban Conference action at 7 p.m.

The Lakers stay at home Feb. 7 to take on Holy Family (11-8-1) at 7 p.m. That game will likely decide the No. 4 seed in Section 2AA. And the loser will almost certainly be the No. 5 seed. 

So the game is like a preview of the section quarterfinals. The winner of the Feb. 7 game will be at home in the first round of the playoffs.

Minnetonka (18-1-2), No. 8 Eden Prairie (11-6-2) and Chaska (13-7) look to be the top-three seeds in Section 2AA. Shakopee (6-10-2), New Prague (7-12-1) and Chanhassen (5-11-3) are also in the field.

Section quarterfinal play starts Feb. 21. The semifinals are Feb. 23 at Braemar Ice Arena in Edina at 3 and 7 p.m. The title game is Feb. 27 at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis at 6 p.m.

In the loss to Minnetonka, the Lakers got on the board with a goal at the 8:05 mark of the third period. Senior Charlie Kashmark scored with senior Jackson Jutting getting the assist. Prior Lake was down 2-0 after the first period and 3-0 after two frames.

For Kashmark, it was his team-leading 13th goal of the season. It was Juttting's team-best 20th assist.

Senior Cade Kujawski made the start in goal for the Lakes and finished with 24 saves.

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