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Woodbury boys hockey: Roseville, White Bear Lake rough up Royals

A rough season got rougher for the Woodbury boys hockey team last week.

In search of their first Suburban East Conference win of the year, the Royals fell 6-2 to White Bear Lake on Thursday and 9-1 to Roseville on Saturday. Woodbury (5-9-3; 0-7-3 SEC) is now winless in its last seven games.

White Bear Lake (7-7-1; 5-3-1 SEC) did its damage in the third period, scoring three goals in a span of just over four minutes after Woodbury had made it a 3-2 game.

Woodbury senior forward Dan Armstrong got the Royals started on the right foot, scoring 3 minutes, 36 seconds into the first period for a 1-0 lead. White Bear Lake, however, struck back just two minutes later to tie it 1-1. Then, in the second period, the Bears notched two more goals to take a 3-1 lead into the third period. Woodbury didn't give up, though, and sophomore Hayden Shaw cut the deficit to 3-2 just 14 seconds into the final frame.

But, from that point on it was all White Bear Lake.

The Bears outshot the Royals 37-17 in the game. Woodbury senior goalie Connor Kwiatkowski stopped 31 shots in the loss ,while seniors Ryan Winter and Sam Gazzola both tallied assists.

On Saturday, while the state celebrated Hockey Day across Minnesota, the Royals were frustrated by rival Roseville - in a game that was closer than the score shows.

Woodbury put 35 shots on the Raiders' net, but could only muster one goal. Also, Roseville had 42 shots on goal and the Raiders put together a 5-goal second period to blow the game open.

With Roseville (8-7-2; 6-3-2 SEC) leading 2-0 early in the second period, Shaw scored an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to 2-1 just 2:44 into the second. But, just two minutes later, Roseville scored three goals in 1 minute, 45 seconds to take a 5-1 lead and the wind out of the Royals' sails. Roseville's Ryan Hoag made 34 saves, while Matt Irwin notched two goals and one assist for the Raiders.

It doesn't get easier this week as No. 20 Stillwater (7-7-1; 4-5-1 SEC) visits Bielenberg Ice Arena on Thursday and Cretin-Derham Hall (10-6-1; 8-3 SEC) comes to town on Saturday.