Looking for a few winsIt’s been a big practice week for the Woodbury girls hockey team. That’s because the Royals had a seven-day layoff between games.
By: Hank Long, Woodbury Bulletin
It’s been a big practice week for the Woodbury girls hockey team. That’s because the Royals had a seven-day layoff between games.
The Royals played non-conference opponent Totino-Grace at home Tuesday. The game was completed after presstime, but leading up to the match coach Bay Shock said his team has been focusing on the positives despite their struggles to get into the win column this season.
“We essentially had a bye week this past week, so we hit the ice for practice quite a bit,” Shock said. “We also got a chance to let the girls play their annual boot hockey game.”
The week layoff after their Jan. 20 2-1 loss to White Bear Lake, also presented an opportunity for Shock to prepare 8th grade goalie Katie Ahman for her first career start.
“She’s been with us on the bench for every game and works hard in practice,” Shock said. “We felt that a non-conference game would be a good place for her to start in the net. The girls are excited for her.”
Ahman’s start in net comes after junior goaltender Jess Taplin’s solid performance against White Bear Lake. Taplin gave up two goals in the game to the Royals’ Suburban East opponent. The Bears scored the first goal of the game in the first period, but it didn’t take long for the Royals to respond when sophomore forward April Weller scored off an assist from freshman center Clare Shaw.
After a scoreless second period, White Bear Lake took back the lead for good with a goal in the third.
Shock said he hopes the close loss serves as a confidence builder for his players.
“The close ones, those are the ones you really like to have to build confidence, and I think we did that.”