Royals, Raptors all fall on Saturday
It wasn't the best of nights for the Woodbury and East Ridge varsity sports programs as the Royals and Raptors boys hockey squads, as well as the WHS girls basketball team came up short in their respective competitions on Saturday night.
WHS Boys Hockey
A seven-game undefeated streak came to a close for the Woodbury pucksters as the Royals fell, 2-1, at Forest Lake. The loss was Woodbury's first in 2010.
The Rangers scored a goal apiece in each of the first two periods and held the visitors without a tally until Matt Pederson's goal, assisted by Jason Eddy, at 12:!3 of the final frame.
The one-goal differential was as close as Woodbury could get as Forest Lake withstood the 25-shot Royals attack for the victory despite 30 saves from WHS goaltender Mike Ness.
Woodbury has now gone two campaigns without mustering a victory against the Rangers, having lost and tied its sudden nemesis both last season and this. The Royals last win against Forest Lake came on Jan. 24, 2008.
Saturday night's defeat cost Woodbury (11-7-2 overall, 9-2-2 SEC) its sole perch atop the Suburban East Conference as the Royals now share a veritable tie for first place with Cretin-Derham Hall (14-6, 10-3).
While Woodbury has lost one fewer conference games than the Raiders, Cretin -- without a tie this season -- has one more league win than the Royals. WHS defeated CDH, 3-2, on Jan. 16 in St. Paul.
WHS Girls Basketball
Again without guards Kassey Kallman and Kristina White, the Woodbury girls basketball team was ill-matched for visiting Edina -- ranked second in Class AAAA -- losing to the Hornets, 61-32, in "The Lion's Den."
The Royals took an early and brief 4-0 lead, but Edina claimed the advantage at 8-6 and never looked back to remain a spotless 18-0 this season.
Woodbury's Mary Kroening and Michelle Young tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 points apieceas the Royals dropped to 11-6 on the year.
ERHS Boys Hockey
A difficult 2010 continued for the East Ridge boys hockey team as the Raptors were socked, 10-1, by Cretin-Derham Hall at the Highland Ice Arena in St. Paul.
Michael Mader's second-period goal for East Ridge was overshadowed by the Raiders' eight-score outburst in the middle frame as Cretin cruised to the victory.
Raptors goaltenders Andrew McDonough and Dillon Cooper split time in the ERHS net, with McDonough making 17 saves and Cooper 13 stops in the defeat.
The loss dropped East Ridge to 3-16-1 overall and 0-12 in SEC play.