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Boys Hockey: Park defeats Woodbury, East Ridge has big scoring day

Marco Troje celebrates after scoring his second goal of the night, but East Ridge lost 4-3 to Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
The East Ridge boys hockey team celebrates with its fans after scoring a goal on Thursday, Jan. 3. The Raptors lost to Cretin-Derham Hall 4-3 at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Carter Seidl scores a goal against Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday, Jan. 3. East Ridge lost in the final seconds to the Raiders with a 4-3 final score at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

Saturday

Park 3, Woodbury 2

It was a tight game on Saturday afternoon between Park and Woodbury, but the Wolfpack came out with the 3-2 win.

The first period went scoreless and the second period became a scoring period for both teams.

Park scored the first two goals as Ryan Lucas and Colin Jungwirth made it a 2-0 lead for the Wolfpack. Before the period ended, Zach Bernstein scored a goal for Woodbury to make it a 2-1 lead for Park.

In the third period, Zach Lanz tied the game up at 2-2 as he scored a goal for the Royals. Then, with about 2:30 left in the game, Carter Newpower found the back of the net to give the Wolfpack a 3-2 lead and win.

This loss puts Woodbury's record at 5-8 on the season as the Royals play Roseville on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the TRIA rink in St. Paul.

The win puts Park's record at 7-6-1 as the Wolfpack will host White Bear Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

East Ridge 7, Mounds View 0

It was a big scoring day for East Ridge as the Raptors defeated Mounds View on Saturday with a 7-0 final score.

The Raptors went out early and scored four goals in the first period. Drew Jakubik scored two goals in the first period, while Jack McVey and Tanner Johnson each scored one goal.

Then, Marco Troje scored a goal as McVey scored his second goal of the game in the second period. Finally, Tyler Wendshau finished the night with a goal in the third period.

It was a dominating performance and brought East Ridge's record up to 5-7-1 this season. The Raptors have a small break as they prepare to host Apple Valley on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday

Cretin-Derham Hall 4, East Ridge 3

It came down to the final seconds of the game, but it was a heartbreaker for the East Ridge boys hockey team.

It was a back-and-forth game all night on Thursday between East Ridge and Cretin-Derham Hall. Marco Troje started the scoring off with a goal in the first period, but the Raiders came back with a goal of their own to tie the game at 1-1.

"Our players played really hard tonight and left everything on the ice," said head coach Dustin Vogelgesang. "Unfortunately, it didn't fall our way."

Then, in the second period, Carter Seidl gave East Ridge a 2-1 lead to start the period. Cretin-Derham Hall came back with a goal of its own to tie the game, but Troje scored his second goal of the game to give the Raptors a 3-2 lead heading into the final period.

East Ridge was 17 minutes away from a a home conference win against the Raiders, but Matthew Gleason from Cretin-Derham Hall had other plans.

With 41 seconds left in the third period, the Raiders pulled their goalie and Gleason found the back of the net after a few attempts near the goal. The goal tied the game at 3-3 and the idea of overtime was becoming more and more of a reality.

About 30 seconds after the goal, Gleason scored another goal for Cretin-Derham Hall to make it a 4-3 lead and, eventually, win.

"When you're playing against kid like Matthew over there," Vogelgesang said. "I hate playing against him, but I love watching the kid play."

The loss brings East Ridge's record down to 4-7-1 on the season, but Vogelgesang is looking forward to the second half of the season. He said the Raptors have been in a lot of games, but haven't been able to close out with a win.

He liked how locked in and focused the team was against Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday and he hopes that focus continues into the upcoming games.

The Raptors will host Mounds View on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3:15 p.m. in hopes of earning their fifth win of the season.

"I know our team can compete with any team we play," Vogelgesang said. "It's a good lesson for a lot of people that you don't need to go anywhere else to play good hockey games. East Ridge is a good place to compete with any school and win good hockey games."

Mounds View 6, Woodbury 1

Mounds View took a 2-0 lead in the first period and never looked back as Woodbury fell 6-1 on Thursday night.

Mounds View scored three more goals in the second period to take a 5-0 lead before Cole Heather scored the only goal for the Royals in the game.

The loss on Thursday brings Woodbury's record to 5-7 on the season. The Royals will host a rival game on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. as Park comes to the HealthEast Sports Center.

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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