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Woodbury girls hockey: Geisser nets first shutout of season for Royals

Woodbury junior Erin Goodell brings the puck up the ice for the Royals. Woodbury beat St. Louis Park 2-0 on Wednesday, Dec. 11. (Bulletin photo by Matthew Davis)

Woodbury Royals senior goalie Kaelan Geisser netted her first shutout of the season in a non-conference win over St. Louis Park.

Geisser stopped 22 shots as the Royals beat the Orioles 2-0 on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The Royals gave plenty of offensive support, outshooting the Orioles 27-22.

Kim Taplin put the Royals up 1-0 in the first period on an assist from Michelle McAlpine. Taplin scored another goal in the second period with the team short-handed. The Royals killed all five of the Orioles’ power plays.

Suburban East Conference play did not go as well for the Royals (5-8, 1-6 SEC) in the past week. Woodbury fell 4-2 to the Hastings Raiders on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Bielenberg Ice Arena.

The Royals fought back from a 2-0 hole after one period when Livia Twohig scored on an assist from Taplin during the second period. It cut the lead to 2-1, but the Royals could never get closer than a goal.

Twohig and Molly Potter assisted on a goal by Kayla Falconer in the third period, which cut the lead Raiders lead to 3-2. Falconer and Twohig rank second on the team in points with nine.

Their comeback bid fizzled as the Raiders scored at 16:26 in the period, which put the Royals behind 4-2. Geisser finished with 41 saves in the loss.

Also, on Saturday, Dec. 14, the Royals fell 5-1 to White Bear Lake. It dropped the Royals to 1-6 in Suburban East Conference play. Both SEC losses in the past week by the Royals came to teams with losing records.

The Royals have couple more SEC games before Christmas break with 15th-ranked Stillwater (6-3-1, 5-1-1 SEC) on Tuesday and Forest Lake (4-4-1, 3-4 SEC) on Saturday. The Western Wisconsin Stars (4-4) will also come to Bielenberg this week to play the Royals in non-conference action on Thursday.

—Matthew Davis