Boys hockey sets records on the ice


Mark Hvidsten

Junior Will Seymour (#10)

Eric Brever, Boys Hockey Assistant Coach

The high school boys hockey game on Tuesday, February 7 between the Minnesota River cooperative and New Prague High School wasn’t just a memorable game between neighboring rivals, but a historic night for the MSHSL.

Junior Michael Beckius (#11) and Senior Owen Wilkins (#32) (Mark Hvidsten)

While trailing to the MN River Bulldogs 1-0 after the first period, the New Prague Trojans scored 8 goals in the second period, including five goals from junior Will Seymour, cruising to an 8-1 final score. Both feats appear to be MSHSL records.

Senior Dom Berry (#29) (Mark Hvidsten)

Junior forward Will Seymour’s record is impressive because of his scoring in bunches. His five goals in the second period ties a state record that was set in 1995 by Dayton Larson of New Ulm, and beats the legendary John Mayasich’s record of 4 goals in a period set in 1951. Seymour opened the Trojan scoring in the record period with a powerplay goal just :57 into slate, and followed up with another goal just :10 later. He completed a natural hat trick less than seven minutes later, and followed up with 2 more goals just :29 apart at the end of the period.

Junior Braeden Woitas scored two goals of his own in the period, and Senior Dominic Berry added another.

“Will is a hard-worker and talented hockey player,” said New Prague head coach Brad Drazan.

Junior Will Seymour (Mark Hvidsten)

“It’s no surprise with his skill and determination he was able to do something special. It is a joy to coach someone who loves to compete so much, and I am really happy for him on a big night.”

Currently, Seymour is second on the team in goals with 17 on the year, and coupled with his team-leading 21 assists gives him 38 points on the season. Senior John Schmidt leads the Trojans in goals with 21 and points with 39 overall. Seymour is a multiple sport athlete, also lettering as the starting quarterback on the Trojan football team.

Senior Captain John Schmidt (Mark Hvidsten)

With 8 goals in the period, the Trojans appear to have bested a record set in 1945 by the legendary Eveleth High School, who scored 7 in a period that year on their way to the first MSHSL state championship ever held.

The 8-1 win for the Trojans gives them a 12-7-1 record on the season. Minnesota River, a cooperative between Le Sueur-Henderson, St. Peter, Belle Plaine, and Tri-City United High Schools, falls to 10-11-0 on the year.