After a shaky beginning of the 2012-13 prep hockey season, the East Ridge girls hockey team is gelling more as a team and getting a few wins under its belt.
With two big conference games played last week, East Ridge was able to defeat both Forest Lake and Woodbury, giving them a 4-2 East Suburban Conference record and a four-way tie for third place in the standings.
The Raptors battled Forest Lake on Tuesday night at Bielenberg Ice Arena and defeated the Rangers 3-2.
After a scoreless first period in which East Ridge outshot Forest Lake 16-7, Jessie Anderson was able to give the Raptors an early-second period lead when she was able to receive a pass from Abigal Roeser and beat the Ranger goalie in the third minute, giving Roeser the assist.
Katelyn Bergloff increased the lead later in the second, scoring on a power play with assists from Cassandra Goff and Anderson.
Then, in a wild third period that saw a total of 14 minutes of penalties (6 minutes for East Ridge and 8 minutes for Forest Lake), Forest Lake was able to tie the game with a quick goal in the fourth minute of the period and a power play goal midway through the period.
But East Ridge would soon answer. Just a minute and a half after Forest Lake tied the game, East Ridge's Olivia Henderson scored an unassisted goal that proved to be the game winner.
East Ridge goalie Katie Flanders saved 20 of 22 shots on goal.
The Raptors next had an "away" game at home Friday night, when they took on Woodbury and defeated the rival Royals 3-1 at Bielenberg Ice Arena - the home rink for both teams.
East Ridge controlled the tempo of the game from the onset, outshooting Woodbury 14-1 in the first period and scoring in the first minute of the game.
After a quick penalty committed by the Royals, Katherine Scheibner was able to score on the power play with assists from Kayla Bender and Jessica Hammer.
Woodbury was able to gain a bit of control in the second period, with 9 shots on goal versus East Ridge's 4, but neither team was able to score.
Woodbury was able to tie the game in the third minute of the last period, but East Ridge was able to rebound from that goal and score two of its own.
Less than a minute after Woodbury was able to score its equalizer, Henderson scored with an assist from Hammer to give the Raptors the 2-1 advantage.
The nail in the coffin came off the stick of Anya Hafiz on an unassisted power play goal.
Goalie Katie Ahmann stopped 16 of 17 shots for the Raptors.
East Ridge hosted Roseville, which is currently tied with East Ridge in the conference standings, on Monday. Next, the Raptors travel to Hastings to take on the Raiders on Thursday.