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Woodbury boys hockey: Royals fall prey in third at Roseville, come up short to Forest Lake

Woodbury goalie Austen Macalus makes a save for the Royals. Macalus finished with 37 saves in a 3-0 loss to Roseville. (Bulletin photo by Matthew Davis)

The Woodbury boys hockey team had Roseville in a 0-0 deadlock through two periods, but a couple late goals spoiled the Royals’ hopes for their first Suburban East Conference road win of the year on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Woodbury lost 3-0 to Roseville.

The Royals (6-12; 2-10 SEC) had shot almost evenly with the Raiders through two periods, 25-24; the Raiders piled on 17 shots in the third including a quick power play goal to start the period. The Royals saw their chances slip away in the final two minutes as the Raiders (9-6-2; 5-4-2 SEC) tacked on another two goals.

Austen Macalus finished with 37 saves in goal for the Royals and a.949 save percentage.

A second time around against Forest Lake (10-4-3; 6-2-3 SEC) turned out to be a charm of sorts for the Royals on Saturday, Jan. 18. Alec Wonsmos tied the game for the Royals 3-3 midway through the third period.

It took a goal with seven minutes left for the Rangers to get the game-winner. Macalus had stopped 28 shots in the game with an .875 save percentage.

He helped the Royals battling in a back-and-forth game. After an early goal by the Rangers, Nick Sheak tied the game 1-1 at 15:02 in the first period. Jared Markeson scored a goal late in the second to tie the game again, 2-2, for the Royals. Ryne Triemert, Kyle Buche, Jack Glaeser and Marshall Tschida all assisted on goals for the Royals.

Coming up for the Royals, they will take on Park (2-13, 0-11 SEC) on Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The Royals will then travel to Eastview (13-3, 6-3 South Suburban) on Friday for a non-conference battle.

—Matthew Davis