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Woodbury senior forward Sarah Wahlin and the Royals began 2014 with a 6-0 loss to Suburban East Conference foe Cretin-Derham Hall on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Bielenberg Sports Complex. (Bulletin photo by Matthew Davis)

Woodbury girls hockey: Royals open new year with loss to Cretin-Derham Hall

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The Woodbury girls hockey team began 2014 with a loss to Suburban East Conference foe Cretin-Derham Hall in a rematch of the season opener.


The Royals (6-11, 1-9 SEC) found ran into a Raiders team fresh off an intense holiday tourney when the two clashed on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Bielenberg Sports Complex. Round two between the Suburban East opponents ended 6-0 in favor of the Raiders. Woodbury had lost to the Raiders, 4-1, back on Nov. 9.

In the most recent game, offensively, the Royals had 19 shots, being out-shot 49-19. Cretin-Derham Hall (11-6; 8-2 SEC) jumped out 2-0 in the first period, and added another three goals in the second period to blow the game open.

Royals goalie Kaelan Geisser stopped 37 shots and posted a save percentage of .860. Allison Beix also saw some time in goal with six saves.

Prior to playing Cretin, Woodbury had the Christmas break off. The Royals last game came on Dec. 21, with a 4-2 loss at Forest Lake. Before beating the Royals, Cretin-Derham Hall played in a grueling Eden Prairie Tournament over the break. Each game had been determined by a goal.

Round two against another conference rival, East Ridge (11-6, 5-5 SEC), will take place on Friday at home. Their first meeting had been even less memorable for the Royals in a 9-2 loss on No. 26.

It gets no easier when the Royals host No. 13-ranked Roseville on Tuesday, Jan. 14. However, the Royals gave the 13th-ranked Raiders a close game in a 3-1 loss on Dec. 5.

—Matthew Davis