Royals win, Raptors lose in SEC play
Results ranged from both ends of the spectrum as the Woodbury and East Ridge boys hockey teams competed in their respective Suburban East Conference matchups on Saturday night.
WHS Boys Hockey
The Woodbury boys hockey team held onto its slim lead in the SEC by means of a 5-0 defeat of Mounds View at the Bielenberg Sports Center.
With the win, the Royals improved to 11-2-2 in the SEC, one point better than second-place White Bear Lake, who raised its conference record to 11-3-1 after a 10-1 blasting of Park on Saturday.
The Royals took a 1-0 lead on a power play goal from Walker Hyland -- the first of his two on the night -- at 7:28 of the opening period and never looked back. Scott Carlson, Andrew Shock and Colin Keefe also scored for Woodbury, while goaltender Mike Ness made 16 saves for the shutout victory.
Woodbury, now 13-7-2 overall on the season, heads to Roseville for its final road contest of the regular season next Thursday.
The Royals are then scheduled to close out their SEC campaign at home against White Bear Lake and Cretin-Derham Hall on Feb. 13 and 18, respectively.
ERHS Boys Hockey
An 8-2 loss to visiting Roseville kept the inaugural East Ridge boys hockey team winless in SEC play as the Raptors fell to 3-18-1 overall and 0-15 in league play after the sizable loss on their home ice at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena.
Roseville (7-13-1 overall, 5-9-1 SEC) is not the force to be reckoned with that it has been in previous seasons, but still managed to overwhelm the Raptors with five unanswered goals over the final two periods after the first frame concluded with the Raiders up by a single score at 3-2.
Tim Wegleitner and Easton Halbert scored back-to-back goals as the hosts rallied from an initial 2-0 deficit to tie the score with just over six minutes to play in the initial stanza.
However, Roseville took the lead for good with a power play tally with a scant 25 seconds remaining until intermission to give the visitors an advantage that they would not relinquish.
The Raiders needed little over a minute of second-period play to push the lead to two goals and all-but put the game away with another score at 2:45 of the middle interval before scoring once more in the second and twice more in the third before the game became official.
East Ridge goaltender Andrew McDonough made 24 saves in the loss, which was the seventh in a row for the Raptors and 11th in the last 12 games. Only a 2-2 tie at Simley has broken up the ERHS victory drought that now stretches back more than a month, with the first-year team's last win coming on Jan. 2 in a 5-3 triumph at Shakopee.
East Ridge hosts Forest Lake next Thursday, with a trip to Stillwater to follow two days later before the 2009-10 regular season comes to an end with a "road" game against Park on the original ice sheet at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena.