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Girls Hockey: Raptors rebound on Saturday

It was a tale of two games for the East Ridge girls hockey team last week.

The Raptors dropped their first Suburban East Conference game of the season 3-0 to Mounds View at home on Nov. 22. East Ridge outshot Mounds View 30-28, but the Mustangs were able to capitalize on the scoring chances they were able to create. Mariah Robert, Stephanie Anderson and Anna Soleheim each scored goals for Mounds View.

Head coach Tom Kulenkamp said the Raptors were hurt by their offense not being able to turn opportunities into goals.

“I thought we played a decent game against them,” Kulenkamp said. “We did not capitalize on our scoring chances, and we made a couple of mistakes, a couple of turnovers that cost us. A couple of their snipers got loose.”

Saturday’s game was much different for the Raptors. East Ridge scored three goals in the second period and did not look back in a 4-0 win against Irondale.

Grace Heiting, Siobhan Claugherty and McKenzie Newman each scored in the second period. Erin Glancey added another goal in the third period.

Goaltender Lindsay Carlson played a majority of the game and stopped 12 shots on goal. Catie Behr also played about 11 minutes and made two saves. Brehna Walz had two assists for East Ridge.

After watching the offensive outburst, Kulenkamp said he hopes the Raptors keep scoring goals like they did on Saturday.

“I think that was a big boost for our kids to see that puck go into the net,” he said. “We probably had as many good chances in the first as the second.”

East Ridge was scheduled to play a home game versus Woodbury on Tuesday before heading to Stillwater for a 3 p.m. road game on Saturday.