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East Ridge boys hockey: Raptors beat Stillwater, Roseville for first time

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East Ridge boys hockey: Raptors beat Stillwater, Roseville for first time
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East Ridge accomplished two firsts last week with victories over Stillwater and Roseville.

The victories marked the first time the Raptors have beaten either school since the program began four years ago. The wins also capped off an impressive stretch for East Ridge as it's gone 6-2-1 in its last nine games and vaulted to fifth place in the Suburban East Conference.

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Raptors head coach Doug Long credited the team's defense as the impetus to improved play. East Ridge has given up just three goals in the past two games.

The Raptors knocked off Stillwater 2-1 Thursday in Stillwater after rallying back from a 1-0 first-period deficit.

Ian Penvose tied the game at 16 minutes, 59 seconds of the second period and Jacob Behnken scored the go-ahead goal at 11:44 of the third period to lift East Ridge to victory.

The Ponies (8-10-2, 5-8-2 SEC) outshot the Raptors (11-9-2, 7-6-2 SEC) 20-17 and kept East Ridge scoreless on the power play, despite taking five penalties in the game.

The Raptors stayed discipline throughout the game and took just one penalty.

Tyler Guck made 19 saves in goal for East Ridge to get the victory.

The Raptors got off to a quick start Saturday in a 5-2 victory over Roseville by scoring four times in the first period.

Penvose, Nick Leach, Jack Greeley and Derek Hammer all scored in the first period and Devin Donohue added a goal in the second period to take a 5-1 lead.

East Ridge had 38 shots on goal and went 1-for-6 on the power play. Nicholas Maki made 33 saves in goal for the Raptors.

Penvose, Hammer, Jacob Nickoloff and Steven Fronek all had assists in the win.

East Ridge, which has won its last three games, has three regular season games left before the section tournament begins. The Raptors face Mounds View Thursday in Cottage Grove.

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