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Woodbury girls hockey: Royals fall on wrong side of rivalry games

Last week, the Woodbury girls hockey team found itself on the wrong side of its intra-district and Suburban East Conference rivalry games with East Ridge and Park.

On Tuesday, East Ridge edged Woodbury 2-1. Then, on Saturday, Park thumped the Royals 7-1.

In the "Battle of Bielenberg" against East Ridge, the Royals (5-16-2; 1-13-2 SEC) skated to a 1-1 tie through two-and-a-half periods before the Raptors' Jessica Hammer scored what turned out to be the game-winner on a power play with 4 minutes, 57 seconds remaining.

After a scoreless first period, East Ridge (10-12-1; 8-7-1 SEC) scored first, 3:21 into the second period, to go up 1-0. However, 7:03 into the third period, Woodbury sophomore Kayla Falconer tied the game 1-1 with a goal off a pass from Erin Goodell. But, exactly five minutes later, Hammer put the Raptors up for good.

Woodbury junior goalie Kaelen Geisser did everything she could to keep the Royals close, stopping 36 of 38 shots on goal. Woodbury had 21 shots on the Raptors' Katie Ahmann.

Earlier this season, the Royals beat the Park (8-14, 4-11-1 SEC) 4-3 in the first meeting of the season Dec. 4 in Woobury, but Park didn't let this one stay close.

Paige Hill and Anna Keys each scored two goals. Hill also had two assists for a three-point night and Mary Turitto finished with a goal and three assists. Park scored four power-play goals, including two from Hill and held Woodbury to 26 shots for the game.

Woodbury faced off with Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, the Royals play host to Forest Lake (12-9-2; 6-9-1 SEC) on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the team's regular-season finale.