Woodbury girls hockey: Taplin delivers game-winner in overtime against Forest Lake
The Woodbury girls hockey team saved its best for last.
The Royals earned one of its greatest victories of the year on Saturday, Feb. 2, beating Suburban East Conference foe Forest Lake 2-1 in overtime in the regular-season finale at Bielenberg Ice Arena.
Woodbury freshman forward Kiberlee Taplin delivered the game-winning goal 1 minute, 30 seconds into overtime on assists from Sarah Wahlin and Livia Twohig.
Woodbury (6-17-2; 2-14-2 SEC) peppered the Forest Lake net with 34 shots, while allowing only 18 shots on goal - including none in overtime. Royals' goalie Kaelan Geisser stopped 17 of them.
After a scoreless first period, Erin Goodell got Woodbury on the board, 2:57 into the second period putting the Royals up 1-0. However, just 36 seconds later, Forest Lake (13-10-2; 7-10-1 SEC) tied the game 1-1 - the way it would remain until Taplin's game-winner.
The win came on the heels of a narrow, 2-1 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Woodbury.
Against the Raiders, Taplin gave Woodbury a 1-0 lead with 3:07 left on the clock in the first period on an assist by Twohig. However, Cretin-Derham Hall (15-10; 11-7 SEC) came back with a pair of goals in the second period then held on for the remainder.
Geisser stopped 28 of 30 shots in the game. The Royals had 18 shots on net.
"The girls really are stepping it up as we move into playoffs," Woodbury head coach Chris Lepper said. "These were two good games to prepare us for a playoff run."
Woodbury was dealt the ninth seed in the nine-team Section 3AA and took on eighth-seeded Rosemount (7-17-1) in a play-in game on Monday night, after the Bulletin went to print.
The winner moves on to face off with top-seeded and 16th-ranked Eagan (15-9-1) on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
"In scouting Rosemount as a possible playoff opponent, they look to be a good match up," Lepper said. " Rosemount has one Division 1 player on their roster and she could give us trouble. They are aggressive in their forecheck but if we can break it, we will have quality scoring opportunities."