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Woodbury boys hockey: Royals hold off Park for first conference win

Woodbury held off a big third-period rally by rival Park to earn its first Suburban East Conference win of the season.

The Royals (3-4, 1-4 SEC) had built a 4-0 lead through two periods, but the Wolfpack charged them in the final period with three goals on Thursday, Dec. 12. Going 2-2 on the power play aided the Wolfpack comeback bid.

It started when Matt Goecke scored on a power play, assisted by Nick Lucas and Eric Stoffel, which cut the lead to 4-1. Ian James put the Royals ahead by four goals again only 10 seconds later with goal on an assist from Tristan Mayer.

At the 11 minute, 58 second mark, Stoffel scored on a Wolfpack power play with an assist from Cole Beaton. That cut the lead to 5-2, and the Wolfpack (0-5; 0-4 SEC) threatened further at 15:49 went Pat McCarthy scored on an even-strength goal. Stoffel and Lucas assisted on the goal, which cut the lead to 5-3.

The Royals defense held off the Wolfpack the rest of the way, and Royals goalie Austen Macalus earned the win in net. He picked up nine of his 23 saves during that final period.

Ryne Triement had two goals for the Royals with one coming on a power play. He scored first for the Royals in the opening period at 4:34, assisted by Nick Sheak and Kyle Buche. Marshall Tschida and Seth Winger assisted on Triement’s power play goal at 13:01 in the second period.

Sasha Choporov put the Royals up 2-0 in the second period on an assist from Jack Glaeser. Sheak scored on a Royals power play and cushioned the lead at 3-0. Tschida assisted on the goal for the first of his two assists.

Matt Palmquist took the loss for the Wolfpack in goal. He had 31 saves, which included a furious first period of 14 saves. The Royals went 2-3 on the power play and out-shot the Wolfpack 36-26.

Getting that win became even more crucial for the Royals with No. 12-ranked White Bear Lake coming to town on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Bears jumped ahead 2-0 and didn’t look back in the 4-1 victory.

Glaeser spoiled the shut out attempt in the third period with an even strength goal, assisted by Mark Dornfield and Blake Swanson. Parker Balfany had 23 saves in goal for the Royals.

The Royals have another tough SEC game coming up with second-place Cretin-Derham Hall (4-1-1, 3-0-1 SEC) on Thursday. Then, the Royals host East Ridge (2-4, 2-2 SEC) on Saturday before the Christmas break.

—Matthew Davis