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Raptors skate past Royals, 4-2

East Ridge's Joseph Dokken shoots against Woodbury in the third period Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. The Raptors skated to a 4-2 win over the Royals. John Molene / Sports Writer 1 / 2
East Ridge senior defender Luke Landin fires the puck down the ice Jan. 25, 2018, as Woodbury's Jac Triemert comes up to challenge. John Molene / Sports Writer 2 / 2

A surging East Ridge squared its season record and won for the fourth time in five games with a 4-2 victory Thursday, Jan. 25, over archrival Woodbury.

The Raptors skated to a 2-0 lead after two periods at Bielenberg Ice Arena on even-strength goals by forwards Carter Siedl and Gunnar Edlund.

"I think we started off really well skating and competing and when we did have lulls I thought our goaltender made some nice saves to kind of keep us up by a goal or tied us, especially early when it was zero-zero," East Ridge head coach Dustin Vogelgesang said.

Woodbury got on the scoreboard at the 9:12 mark of the third period on a goal by Zach Lanz to cut the score to 2-1. But East Ridge scored twice more in the period, the first on a power play goal by Caden Pratt at the 13:17 mark and again at 15:22 on an empty net tally by Marco Troje.

Woodbury added a so-what goal 17 seconds later on a score by Trent Stene for the final margin.

It was another solid outing for the Raptors, who moved into fourth place in the Suburban East Conference with the win.

The win lifted the Raptors to 6-5 in the SEC and evened their season record at 9-9. It also gave the Raptors a season sweep of the Royals. East Ridge won the first game this season 4-1.

Woodbury slipped to 1-8-1 in the SEC and 5-12-1 overall.

Woodbury outshot East Ridge, 33-25, but East Ridge junior goalie Tommy Ogren had a standout defensive night to deny all but two of the Royals' attempts.

"I think we did good passing the puck and making good plays and getting to the net and executing," Ogren said.

The Raptors also did well holding the Royals at bay during three penalty kills.

"Our penalty kill came up huge in the second period and a little bit in the first, too," Vogelgesang said. "I thought our penalty kills were great but it all starts with our goaltending. He's got to be great on the kill and then our guys are blocking shots.

"I liked our compete," Vogelgesang added. "When we compete and when we skate we have a chance to win some games."

Edlund, Siedl, Tyler Johnson, Tyler Wenschau and Luke Landon recorded assists for the Raptors.

"It was a good team win," Johnson said. "We've been playing like a team for the past couple weeks, getting together now and finding our way come playoff time. (It was) a really solid team win."

East Ridge skates against White Bear Lake (10-1-1, 13-3-2) Saturday at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena, starting at 3:15 p.m.

Woodbury skates at Forest Lake (5-5, 8-8-1) Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m.