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Girls Hockey: East Ridge wins Schwan's Cup

Sidney Zavoral scored two goals with her new hockey stick on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at the National Sports Center. East Ridge defeated Moose Lake 6-1 in bracket play. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia

Friday

East Ridge 3, Minneapolis 1

East Ridge took home the Schwan's Cup for the bronze bracket on Friday night as the Raptors defeated Minneapolis 3-1 in the championship game at Ridder Arena.

The Raptors were consist with their scoring in the game as each goal was scored in each of the periods. Anne Larsen scored first, while Addi Scribner scored the second goal to make it a 2-0 lead for East Ridge heading into the third period.

Minneapolis cut the lead in half, but Lauren Beaubien made it a 3-1 game with a goal of her own.

This win gives East Ridge some confidence heading into the regular season again as the Raptors travel to Mounds View on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. to start more conference games.

Thursday

East Ridge 2, Totino Grace 2 (OT-Shootout)

It took more than just an overtime to determine the winner between East Ridge and Totino-Grace. The two teams went into a shootout to determine the team that would advance to the championship game in the Schwan's Cup bronze bracket.

Katie Flynn continued her success from Wednesday's hat trick to get the first goal on the board for the Raptors in the first period. Totino-Grace tied it up at 1-1 in the second period and took the lead at 2-1 in the third period. About 12 minutes into the last period, Lauren Beaubien found the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.

After a scoreless overtime, they needed a winner because it was a tournament game. The two teams went into a shootout and East Ridge came out with the victory to advance to the championship game on Friday, Dec. 28.

Wednesday

East Ridge 6, Moose Lake 1

It was an offensive show on Wednesday night as Sidney Zavoral and Katie Flynn decided to showcase their skills as a scorer.

It seemed like a competition between the two of them for most goals in the game, but ultimately the East Ridge girls hockey team earned the 6-1 win over Moose Lake in the first round of the Schwan's Cup tournament.

"It's always a competition," Zavoral said jokingly. "It's always great to get goals early in the game and continue that pace all game long. It was a great win after the holiday weekend."

The Raptors traveled north to Blaine, Minnesota, for a few days of hockey in the Schwan's Cup at the National Sports Center. East Ridge was placed in the girls varsity bronze bracket.

It didn't matter who the Raptors player because Zavoral and Flynn were in rhythm each period.

"It was fun to go back-and-forth throughout the game," Flynn said. "More importantly, we got the win and continue advancing this week."

Zavoral started the scoring for East Ridge in the first period with a goal about nine minutes into the game. Then, Flynn scored her first goal about a minute and a half later.

The Raptors led 2-0 heading into the second period and Zavoral started the scoring once again. This time she scored a little over 15 minutes into the second, while Flynn scored her second goal about a minute afterwards.

"It was great to see scoring from both our defense and our forwards," said head coach Kim McClintick. "It builds our confidence for later in this tournament and this season."

Zavoral said she received a new hockey stick for Christmas and this was the first time she used it in a hockey game.

"I think I'm going to use it again," Zavoral said with a smile on her face. "I really like the hockey stick."

The scoring stopped for Zavoral, but Flynn put one more shot in the back of the net about nine minutes into the third period. This gave her a hat trick, three goals in a game, and also put East Ridge's score at 6-1, which would become the final score in the end.

Along with those five goals, Makenzie Fetch scored a goal as well to contribute to the Raptors' six goals.

Even though East Ridge scored six goals and improved its record to 9-4 on the season, McClintick and Flynn agreed that they started the game "sluggish" and didn't play their best game.

"We didn't start off the game the way we wanted," Flynn said. "We still won the game, but we'll have to get focused for tomorrow's game."

Flynn also said that the discussion before the second period was about focus and how to get focused for the next two periods. The Raptors were able to stay focused and get the job done as they continue on in the winner's bracket this week.

East Ridge will have a quick turnaround as the Raptors play again on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 5:30 p.m. against Totino Grace. It was a close game for Totino Grace on Wednesday as the team won 2-1 on a shootout.

The entire team knows the competition will only get better and better each game, so the focus is on Thursday's game in hopes of reaching the championship game on Friday at Ridder Arena.

"Totino Grace is a good team and we can't take them lightly," McClintick said. "We have confidence heading into tomorrow, but we have to stay focused on each game ahead for us."

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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