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Woodbury boys hockey: Royals snap 27-game SEC winless streak with win over Stillwater

Senior defenseman Sam Gazzola is congratulated Thursday by freshman forward Saha Choporov after scoring a goal to put Woodbury up 2-0 on Stillwater. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

The monkey is off their back.

The Woodbury boys hockey team on Thursday snapped a conference winless streak that had stretched back to December 2011 with a shutout victory over Stillwater.

The Royals won 4-0 in the home game at Bielenberg Ice Arena and improved their overall record to 6-9-3 and their Suburban East Conference record to 1-8-3.

Woodbury entered the game riding a 27-game winless streak in the SEC. Until Thursday, the last time the Royals had defeated a conference opponent was on Dec. 8, 2011, when they beat Cretin-Derham Hall.

Senior goaltender Evan Broadbent recorded the shutout against Stillwater, stopping all 48 shots he faced.

Four different Royals players scored Thursday: seniors Ford Pendleton, Sam Gazzola, Dan Armstrong and sophomore Hayden Shaw.

Look for more on the win in the Jan. 30 print edition.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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