Royals crush White Bear LakeWoodbury boys hockey team moves into second place in conference standings after dominating Bears, 7-1, at Aldrich Arena.
The Woodbury boys hockey team put forth its most dominating effort of the season at one of the biggest junctures of its 2009-10 campaign as the Royals destroyed White Bear Lake, 7-1, on Tuesday night to move into second place in the Suburban East Conference standings.
Woodbury entered the night just percentage points behind the Bears in the SEC standings, but leapfrogged their rivals in a big way, logging seven scores over the first two periods and carrying a shutout into the final two minutes of play before clinching the overwhelming victory.
It was also one of the most efficient scoring efforts in memory for WHS, who earned the seven goals on just 30 total shots.
Colin Keefe got the scoring started with a goal at 4:53 of the first period, followed by a pair of strikes from Matt Eddy at 14:37 and 16:42 as the Royals took a 3-0 lead into the initial intermission.
Yet, the visitors were far from finished, as Ben Rollins (6:23), Keefe 10:51), Connor Delaney (11:23) and Max Gaede (16:29) each notched a tally in the middle frame to turn the contest from merely lopsided to something nearly absurd.
A nearly-scoreless third period passed quickly in running time before White Bear Lake salvaged a sliver of dignity for itself by ruining the shutout as Sam Basich sneaked one past WHS goaltender Mike Ness at 15:20 to bring the score to its would-be final. Ness recorded 20 saves in the victory.
It's third-straight victory in the bag, Woodbury (8-6-1 overall, 6-1-1 SEC) now sits just barely behind Cretin-Derham Hall (9-4, 6-1) in the race for the conference title.
The Royals will not have to wait long to get their crack at the Raiders as Woodbury travels to St. Paul's Highland Arena to take on Cretin on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.