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East Ridge boys hockey: Raptors beat up Park in intra-district showdown

Jon Peterson’s goal stood up to be the game-winner for Stillwater Thursday in a 5-3 victory over East Ridge despite a furious comeback for the Raptors.

East Ridge (1-3, 1-1 SEC) trailed 5-1 5 minutes, 28 seconds into the third period after John Heddle scored his second goal of the game for the Ponies (2-0, 2-0 SEC), but the Raptors rallied to make it interesting with a goal from junior Frans Koskinen and a power-play goal from junior Ryan McDonough to make it 5-3 with 2:03 left to play.

East Ridge fell behind 3-0 early into the second period after Mitch Reinke scored 1:32 into the period. Raptors junior Sam Kastner cut it to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 5:55 but Peterson notched a goal with 12 seconds to go in the period to put Stillwater up 4-1.

East Ridge finished 2-for-6 on the power play and outshot the Ponies 7-5 in the third period. Stillwater finished with 28 shots on goal while the Raptors had 18, including just three in the first period.

East Ridge senior goalie Nick Maki made 23 saves in net.

Following the loss, East Ridge unleashed some early-season frustration upon Park Saturday in an 8-1 victory in Cottage Grove.

The Raptors snapped a three-game, season-opening skid with a much-needed offensive outburst after giving up 11 goals in their past two games.

Frans Koskinen, Ryan McDonough and junior Kevin Donohue each scored two goals apiece while sophomore Derek Hammer and senior Zach Waahl added goals.

McDonough finished with four points while senior Conor NewKirk had three assists.

East Ridge scored three goals in each of the first two periods and held the Wolfpack to 13 shots on goal.

The Raptors finished with 40 shots on goal, including 15 in the first and 16 in the second period.

Eric Stoffel scored the lone goal for Park in the third period with less than three minutes to play.

East Ridge senior goalie Tyler Guck made 12 saves for the victory.

The Raptors face Hastings Thursday in Cottage Grove.

—Nick Gerhardt