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Woodbury girls hockey: Roseville, Mounds View too much for Royals

Playing a pair of top-20 teams in the state kept the Woodbury Royals on a losing streak in the past week.

They fell 3-1 to both No. 8 Roseville and No. 18 Mounds View on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 7 respectively. While those losses extended their streak to four, Royals coach Chris Lepper sees better things coming for his squad.

“The girls overall are playing well,” Lepper said. “They are playing some of the tougher teams in the conference and are playing right with them.

Sophomore forward Livia Twohig had the lone goals for the Royals in both games. Senior goalie Kaelen Geisser maintained her 90-percent save percentage during that stretch.

Lepper said Geisser, “had a great week in the nets for the Royals.”

Three opportunities come the Royals’ way to get back to the win column. They hosted Hastings (3-5-1, 1-3-1 SEC) on Tuesday.

“They are not only a conference opponent but also a section opponent, so the game is doubly important,” Lepper said. “They have Kiki Radke and Sami Clausen who we will need to contain in order to come out with a win.”

The Royals (4-6, 1-4 SEC) also have Saint Louis Park (0-5-1) on Wednesday in non-conference action. On Saturday, the Royals will take on White Bear Lake (3-5-1, 0-4-1 SEC) in a key conference matchup at WBL. The two SEC opponents tied in both of their meetings last season.

“They have one of the best goalies in the state, so goals could be tough to come by,” Lepper said.

Two of the Royals’ top scorers, Sarah Wahlin and Kayla Falconer, will look forward to finding the net again since Mounds View and Roseville both held them scoreless. Wahlin leads the team in scoring with 8 goals, and Falconer has 6 through their first 10 games.

—Matthew Davis