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Woodbury boys hockey: Royals fall 4-3 to Stillwater in OT

Woodbury sophomore Jared Markeson and the Royals fell 4-3 to Stillwater in overtime on Saturday. (Bulletin photo by Matthew Davis)

One has to be careful about jumping to conclusions from a win-loss record.

That became a hard lesson for the Woodbury Royals boys hockey team as they lost 2-0 to Apple Valley (1-9) on Thursday, Jan. 2. Two third period goals by the Eagles became the difference as the Royals fell at home in non-conference play.

It began a two-game skid, which the Royals (5-9, 1-7 Suburban East Conference) will look to halt at Hastings on Thursday. The Royals won their first meeting with Hastings this season, 6-4, on Dec. 26 in the South St. Paul Tournament.

That tournament went well for the Royals, going 2-1 at Wakota Arena. They also downed South St. Paul 5-3 on Dec. 28. Jack Glaeser, Ryne Triemert, Nick Sheak, Jared Markeson and Adam Albright all had goals in the win. Parker Balfany earned the victory in goal with 17 saves.

A big scoring game will be in order again versus the Raiders if the Royals want to collect their second SEC win. The Raiders (6-7-1, 2-4-1 SEC) have averaged three goals in their past five games.

Three goals turned out to be too little for the Royals when they lost 4-3 in overtime to Stillwater on Saturday, Jan. 4. Glaeser and Kyle Buche helped the Royals overcome a 3-1 hole with goals in the third period to tie the game 3-3 at 13:42. That tie ended quickly as the Ponies scored again less than two minutes later to get the win.

Triemert had the first goal of the game for the Royals. Austen Macalus took the loss in net despite a 40-save performance and a .909 save percentage.

—Matthew Davis