Woodbury boys hockey: Turner, Myers-Beck help Royals bring down Park
Back-to-back goals by Christian Turner and Chase Myers-Beck helped the Woodbury boys hockey team turn a 4-3 lead into a 6-4 win as the Royals beat Suburban East Conference and intra-district rival Park 6-4 on Thursday, Jan. 6, at Cottage Grove Ice Arena.
It was Woodbury's 15th win over Park in the two teams' last 16 head-to-head contests.
Last season, Park broke a 13-game losing streak to Woodbury with a 4-2 win at Bielenberg Sports Center on Dec. 17. It was the first time the Wolfpack has defeated Woodbury since Feb. 13, 2003 when Park beat the Royals 5-1 in the regular-season finale in Cottage Grove. However, Woodbury has now beaten the Wolfpack three-straight times, including a 5-3 win in last year's Section 3AA tournament.
In this year's District 833 showdown, Woodbury (8-5; 3-3 SEC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead, capped by a goal by Evan Erickson two seconds into the second period. However, Park (4-6-1; 0-5 SEC) cut its deficit to 3-2 on goals by Cody Newton and a penalty shot by Jordan Jeske less than five minutes into the second period. In the third period, Woodbury's Erickson and Park's Kirby Quebodeaux then traded goals to make it a 4-3 score in the Royals' advantage with 12:02 remaining in the game.
But, Turner then put Woodbury up 5-3 with 9:57 left on the clock, setting up Myers-Beck to deliver the final blow with a back-breaking goal that gave the Royals a 6-3 lead with 3:45 remaining in the game.
Turner led the way for the Royals in the win with a goal and two assists, Erickson had two goals, Myers-Beck, Matt Pederson and Ryan Winter also scored and senior goalie Josh Erickson made 30 saves in the win for Woodbury.
For Park, Jeske had a three-point game on two goals and an assist, Quebodeaux, Newton each had goals and senior goalie Jeremy Harer had 26 saves.
On the year, Pederson, Myers-Beck, Turner and Blake Kelley are tied for the Royals' scoring lead with 14 points apiece. For Park, Quebodeaux has a team-leading 19 points with Jeske not far back with 17 points on the year.
Next, Woodbury takes on Forest Lake in a conference contest on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Bielenberg, while Park is back in Cottage Grove on Saturday, Jan. 8, when it faces off with SEC foe Stillwater.