Big game at Bielenberg tonight
Sole possession of the Suburban East Conference title, preferential sectional seeding and good old-fashioned bragging rights are on the line tonight as Woodbury hosts Cretin-Derham Hall in the final regular season boys hockey game of the 2009-10 campaign tonight at the Bielenberg Sports Center.
"It's exciting," Royals coach Wes Bolin said.
Woodbury (15-7-2 overall, 13-2-2 SEC) currently owns a two-point lead in the conference standings over the Raiders (17-7, 13-4) and league upstart Forest Lake (16-6-2 overall, 12-3-2 SEC).
A victory against Cretin -- whom the Royals topped by a 3-2 count on the Raiders' home ice at the Highland Arena in St. Paul on Jan. 16 -- would lock up Woodbury's third-consecutive SEC championship in its entirety.
It would also give Bolin's club a decisive advantage when seeds for next week's Section 3AA Tournament are determined on Sunday as Woodbury would have swept the season series from its sectional rival.
A tie versus Cretin would also mean the SEC title is all Woodbury's and the Royals would have still been undefeated versus the Raiders.
However, a Woodbury loss throws mayhem into the equasion.
A defeat of the Royals would give Cretin a share of the league championship. What's more, a Forest Lake win over Mounds View combined with a Raiders victory would make for a three-way tie atop the final SEC count.
In that scenario, the Rangers would win a mythical tiebreaker as the one team to not have lost to one of their fellow dead-knotters.
While Woodbury and Cretin would have taken one game from the other and Forest Lake and the Raiders have done likewise, the Royals did not defeat the Rangers this season -- having lost once and tied once.
Of far greater importance, a Cretin win could give the Raiders the upper hand in search of a better seed on "Sectional Selection Sunday" as CDH would own a better overall record after both the head-to-head and conference marks being a push.
Puck drop for the varsity game is scheduled to follow the junior varsity contest as well as the ceremonies for "Senior Night" at approximately 7:30 p.m. The JV game is slated to begin at 5:15 p.m.