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Woodbury girls hockey: Royals shutout by Mounds View, Stillwater

Woodbury senior Molly Burke looks for an open teammate. The Royals fell to Mounds View and Stillwater last week.

The Woodbury girls hockey team's losing streak stretched to four games with a pair of shutout losses to Suburban East Conference powers Mounds View and Stillwater last week.

The Royals (4-13-1; 1-10-1 SEC) fell 5-0 to Mounds View, ranked fifth in Class AA, on Tuesday before succumbing 6-0 to Stillwater on Friday.

In the loss to Mounds View, the Mustangs (18-0-1; 11-0-1 SEC) scored two first period goals to take an early lead in Woodbury, but most of the damage was done in the second period as Mounds View added three more goals to complete the scoring. The Mustangs top line of Kathryn Larson, Elli Marvin and Kendra Dingman scored all five goals in the game.

Against Stillwater, Woodbury junior goalie Kaelan Geisser made an incredible 55 saves, but it wasn't enough to beat the Ponies (10-8-1; 8-4 SEC). Stillwater led 3-0 after two periods, then tacked on three more goals in the third period to skate away from Bielenberg Ice Arena with a win.

"Both Mounds View and Stillwater have really good teams," Woodbury first-year head coach Chris Lepper said. "The Stillwater game was extremely competitive through the first two periods, then the Royals spent most of the rest of the game in the penalty box. Against a team like Stillwater, it is tough to come back in the third when they have 10 minutes of power play time in the third period."

Woodbury played host to White Bear Lake (4-11-4; 1-7-4 SEC) on Tuesday, Jan. 15, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, the Royals face off with New Richmond, Wis., on Thursday, before returning to the friendly confines of Bielenberg Ice Arena on Saturday when No. 19 Hastings (9-6-4; 4-5-3 SEC) comes to Woodbury.

"We are hoping to get back on track as the girls are starting to play like they were right before the Christmas break.," Lepper said. "We seem to be getting healthier and the attitude remains positive as the girls continue to play competitive hockey. The Royals are looking to finish the end of the conference schedule strong and improve their playoff position."