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Woodbury girls hockey: Royals snap four-game losing streak; tie Bears 0-0

The Woodbury girls hockey team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 0-0 tie with Suburban East Conference foe White Bear Lake, followed an 8-1 thumping of New Richmond, Wis. last week.

Against the Bears, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Bielenberg, junior goalie Kaelen Geisser stopped 26 shots in the tie with White Bear Lake (4-12-5; 1-8-5 SEC). The Royals outshot the Bears 43-26 in the game, but just could not find the back of the net.

On Thursday, Jan. 17, against New Richmond, Wis., junior forward Sarah Wahlin had a hat trick and sophomore Erin Goodell added two goals in the victory. Freshman Kim Taplin had a playmaker with three assists in the game, while sophomore goalie Dylan Menne earned the victory in net for the Royals.

Woodbury (5-14-2; 1-11-2 SEC) carried momentum into its Saturday matchup with SEC foe Hastings, but couldn't pull out another victory. Hastings won a barnburner 6-4 over Woodbury on Hockey Day in Minnesota.

Four different players scored for the Royals: Molly Burke, Kayla Falconer, Erin Goodell and Ashley Krinke. The Royals just could not capitalize on their scoring opportunities, as they missed five breakaways against the Raiders (10-7-4; 5-6-3 SEC). The Royals were down 5-2 going into the third period but mounted a fierce comeback as they got to within one goal with five minutes remaining in the game, but could not get the crucial game-tying goal.

"Overall the team played well against all three opponents and is starting to find the back of the net," Woodbury first-year head coach Chris Lepper said. "The team is continuing to improve and prepare for a playoff run."

This week, Woodbury faces its fellow District 833 foes East Ridge (9-11-1; 7-6-1 SEC) and Park. In their last match-ups the Royals suffered a close 3-1 loss to East Ridge, but earned a 4-3 win over Park.

"Both are rivalry games and should be excellent games to watch," Leper said. "As the playoff seeding meeting approaches, both of these games will be essential in determining where the Royals we be seeded come playoff time."

Woodbury and East Ridge faced off on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print. The Royals will take on Park (7-13-1; 3-10-1 SEC) at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Cottage Grove Ice Arena.