Boys hockey: Five straight goals gives East Ridge first-ever win over WoodburyThe East Ridge boys hockey team scored five goals in the final 12:13 of the third period to beat intra-district and Suburban East Conference rivals Woodbury for the first time in history, 5-2, on Thursday, Feb. 10, at Cottage Grove Ice Arena.
By: Patrick Johnson, Staff Writer, Woodbury Bulletin
How quick the tables can turn.
The East Ridge boys hockey team scored five goals in the final 12:13 of the third period to beat intra-district and Suburban East Conference rivals Woodbury for the first time in history, 5-2, on Thursday, Feb. 10, at Cottage Grove Ice Arena.
Less than three minutes after Woodbury’s Chandler Ignaszewski gave the Royals a 2-0 lead, with 15:16 remaining in the game, East Ridge began a run of five straight goals against the Royals — an opponent full of former teammates.
Woodbury (12-11; 6-9 SEC) couldn’t stay out of the penalty box in the third period and East Ridge took advantage with two third-period power play goals — by Ian Penvose and Tim Wegleitner, respectively — to even the score 2-2 with 9:10 left in the game.
Jack Greeley then put the Royals away with back-to-back goals, capped by an empty netter with 1:10 remaining in the game, giving East Ridge (9-14; 5-12 SEC) a 4-2 lead and sending the home crowd into a frenzy.
Wegleitner pounded the final nail in the Royals’ coffin with another empty net goal to complete the scoring at 5-2 with eight seconds left on the clock.
Woodbury had four penalties in the third period and six in the game. East Ridge was also penalized six times in the heated, fast-paced hockey game.
The Raptors out shot Woodbury 33-22 in the game and 13-9 in the third period. Josh Erickson made 28 saves for the Royals and Andrew McDonough had 20 saves for East Ridge in the win.
Ignaszewski and Chase Myers-Beck scored for Woodbury in the loss.
East Ridge’s win avenged a 6-3 loss to the Royals back on Dec. 18.
Next, East Ridge welcomes non-conference foe Shakopee to Cottage Grove on Saturday, Feb. 12, and Woodbury plays host to Hastings on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Bielenberg Ice Arena.
See the full story in the Feb. 16 issue of the Bulletin