Woodbury boys hockey: Tie, loss keeps Royals mired in one-goal miseryWes Bolin is waiting for the tide to turn.
Wes Bolin is waiting for the tide to turn.
He watched last week as his Royals extended their streak of games contested by one goal or less to six.
“Our kids are a little tired of coming up one short,” said Bolin, Woodbury’s head coach.
The latest evidence of the struggle was displayed Saturday in the Royals’ 4-3 loss to Park. That loss followed a 3-3 tie Thursday against Roseville.
Though Bolin admitted the streak has been “a little frustrating,” he remained optimistic.
“Pretty soon, those games will turn in our favor,” he said.
Woodbury didn’t do itself any favors to start the game against Park. The Royals allowed two first-period goals to the Wolfpack’s Chris Peterson and Chris Raisanen.
“We were really soft in the first period,” Bolin said.
Park opened its lead to 3-0 in the second period on a Joey Pierre goal.
The Royals answered at 11:22 in the second, when senior defenseman Joey Lindberg scored, with assists going to Ryan Winter and Nate Wareham. Woodbury made it a one-goal game three minutes later when senior captain Evan Erickson scored on power play (Hayden Shaw assist) with Park’s Garrett Mahigan serving a penalty for interference.
Woodbury stayed on the throttle into the third period, when Erickson tied the game at 12:03 with an assist from Lindberg.
“We really outplayed them in the second and third periods,” Bolin said. “We just didn’t finish them.”
Park scored the game winner at 13:41 in the third on an unassisted Pierre goal.
The win improved Park’s record in the Suburban East Conference to 2-4-3 and moved the team into a tie with Hastings for seventh in the conference.
“This is the best Park team since I’ve been here,” said Bolin, currently in his ninth season with the Royals.
Things started off differently Thursday in the Royals’ tie game with Roseville. There, Woodbury jumped out to a 2-0 lead through two periods on goals from forward Dan Armstrong and Chase Meyers-Beck.
But Roseville – the second-place team in the SEC – came out of the second intermission on fire, getting all the goals it would need in the third.
The Raiders scored 14 seconds into the third and again two minutes later, drawing the game to a 2-2 tie.
Woodbury recaptured the lead at 7:07 in the third on a Ryan Winter goal, though Roseville nailed the game-tying goal while on power play at 11:45.
“We played them pretty well,” Bolin said.
The Royals (6-7-3 overall, 2-4-4 SEC) look to turn the tide Thursday when they play host to intra-district rival East Ridge. Woodbury travels Saturday to Cretin-Derham Hall.