East Ridge girls hockey: Raptors' season starts out rough
The 2012-13 season got off to a rough start for the East Ridge girls hockey team.
The Raptors were outscored 13-0 in their first two games of the year last week.
East Ridge (0-2) fell 6-0 to Shakopee in their first game, held Friday, Nov. 9, at Bielenberg Sports Complex, then lost 7-0 at North St. Paul on Saturday, Nov. 10, in a pair of non-conference games. Neither Shakopee or North St. Paul was ranked in the top 20 at the end of last season.
In game No. 1, Shakopee (2-0) outshot the Raptors 30-14, scoring four goals in the first period and two goals in the second period. East Ridge senior goalie Katie Ahmann made 24 saves in the loss.
The next day, North St. Paul (1-0) outshot East Ridge 30-25. The Polars scored two first-period goals and netted three second-period goals to blow the game open, before putting two more goals in the net in the third period.
Ahmann took the loss in the game, stopping six of eight shots, before giving way to Erin Cheatham, who made 17 saves on 22 shots.
East Ridge took on non-conference foe Eagan - which finished last year ranked 10th in Class AA - on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to press. Next, the Raptors play host to Apple Valley on Thursday at Bielenberg. The Eagles (1-0) are coming off a 5-1 win over Woodbury.