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Park, Woodbury boys skate to a 2-all tie

Park's Ryan Lucas brings the puck down the sidelines Jan. 6, 2018, chased by a pair of Woodbury defenders. John Molene / Contributor 1 / 2
Woodbury's Trent Stene makes a pass while falling under the pressure of Park's Andrew Hawn in the third period Saturday afternoon. Woodbury and Park skated to a 2-2 tie. John Molene / Contributor 2 / 2

Park and visiting Woodbury skated to a 2-2 overtime in a match of numerous twist and turns in the Cottage Grove Ice Arena Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6.

Woodbury's Zach Lenz slammed in the game-tying goal with just nine seconds remaining to lift the Royals into the tie. Neither team could manage a score in overtime.

Park came into Saturday's game on a four-game winning streak and a 5-0-1 record in its last six games.

Woodbury has been slowly improving from a rugged -7 start with two wins in its last four games.

But Saturday the two rivals were fit to be tied.

"Anytime we're playing an interdistrict school we want to make sure we're coming out on top," Park coach Jay Moser said. "So, yeah, we're disappointed from that standpoint. Woodbury played very hard and they played well. It was a good game from a spectator's standpoint. But overall I'm not going to take away too many positives."

"For the most part I think we played pretty much how we play," Moser added. "I thought we played three periods of pretty steady effort. There was a lot of penalties and that hurts us because we have some guys who end up playing too much at that point. That didn't work out well for us. Overall I think tomorrow when I look back I'm not disappointed in how we played. We didn't finish. We need to finish on our opportunities and the game's completely different."

After a scoreless first period, Woodbury got on the scoreboard first on a power play goal from Quinn Krueger.

Park evened it up six minutes later on a goal by Anthony Brings, who took a pass from Adam Fenenga for the score.

Park went up 2-1 on a short-handed goal at the 10:30 mark of the third period as Brings got his second goal of the day. Andrew Hawn and Keegan Oberding earned assists on that tally.

Park's 2-1 lead looked like it would stand up until the final seconds when Lanz broke away and slammed in the tying goal.

"I thought we did a nice job," Woodbury coach Wes Bolin said. "We had tremendous effort compared to our effort on Thursday (a 5-2 loss to Mounds View). We kind of challenged the kids a little bit to play with a little more passion and they did. We got real nice goaltending from Zach Kohrer today. He did a nice job. I thought we played really hard today.

"What was great was that after we gave up the short-handed goal to go down 2-1 with six or five minutes left, we struggled for a little bit but then we just kept battling and battling. That's honestly the first time this year where we've come from behind and tied a team. You know we've got an inexperienced team that's kind of trying to find their way a little bit and you have to do that one time in order to believe in yourself and do it again. "

It was a rugged game between the two rivals. Park was called for a whopping 13 penalties totaling 37 minutes, including penalties for interference, holding, roughing, slashing, hooking, tripping, delay of game, boarding and high sticking. Woodbury had seven infractions for 14 minutes.

Park (6-6-2, 3-2-1) plays league-leading White Bear Lake (8-2-2, 5-0-1) Thursday, Jan. 11, in the Vadnais Sports Center, Vadnais Heights, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Woodbury skates at winless Roseville (0-12, 0-7) Thursday, starting at 7:30 p.m.