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Woodbury boys hockey: Royals tripped up by Wolfpack, season ends

Woodbury junior Tristan Mayer gets tripped up as he tries to clear the puck against Park. The Royals lost to Park 1-0 in the first round of the Section 3AA tournament. (Submitted photo by Steve Rooker)

All the late crashing of the net could not save the season for the Woodbury Royals in the Section 3AA boys hockey tournament.

Park’s Kyle Strand earned his first varsity career shutout as he made key saves late, and the Wolfpack skated away with a 1-0 victory over the Royals on Monday, Feb. 17.

“Their goalie was the difference in the game,” Royals coach Wes Bolin said. “He had some nice saves, and just couldn’t get one by him.”

Strand stopped 25 shots against the Royals, which had the home ice advantage at Bielenberg Ice Arena. He needed make multiple saves in the waning seconds of the contests as Royals players collided with Wolfpack defensemen into the net, jarring it loose. The Royals took another shot only seconds later off a face-off, but they could still not get the tying goal.

“The puck got in behind him, but it was one of those where the referee made the right call,” Bolin said about the players crashing.

Overall, the Royals out-shot the Wolfpack 19-16 in the final two periods when they went down 1-0. The Royals started slow in the first period with only six shots.

“We were nervous in the first period,” Bolin said.

Brent Wallace had the lone goal for the Wolfpack in the win. Alex Kielsa and Nick Lucas assisted on the goal that came at 7:30 of the second period.

Austen Macalus had 25 saves for the Royals in goal along with a .962 save percentage. The junior goaltender’s season ended at 6-12 overall. Jack Glaeser had the most goals for the Royals with 12 along with 8 assists for 20 points total.

“We didn’t have a lot of scoring,” Bolin said. “It was pretty evident here today.”

Only Glaeser scored 10 or more goals. Ryne Triemert and Nick Sheak had 17 and 16 points respectively for second and third on team.

“The kids worked hard,” Bolin said. “We had a lot of really close games and couldn’t find a way to win.”

Sheak, Triemert and Glaeser include a group of six seniors that will graduate from the team this spring. That crew includes Mark Dornfeld, Kyle Buche and Seth Winger.

“Those guys set a great example for our younger kids,” Bolin said. “They were really good team guys and worked hard all season.

—Matthew Davis