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East Ridge girls hockey: Raptors lose heart-breaker to Cretin to end their regular season

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The East Ridge girls hockey team played games last Monday and Friday, tying Hastings before losing to Cretin-Derham Hall in the regular-season finale.

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Power plays and late goals once again kept the Raptors out of the win column and supplanted in the fifth position of the Suburban East Conference.

Last Monday the Raptors hosted Hastings at the Bielenberg Ice Arena and skated to a 2-2 tie against the Raiders.

In a game in which the Raptors were penalized eight times, including four times in the third period, East Ridge (10-13-2; 8-8-2 SEC) scored first with a goal in the first period by Valerie Whichello from an assist by Kayla Bender.

After a late second period goal by Hastings (12-8-5; 7-7-4 SEC) in the second, East Ridge was able to take the lead with :40 seconds left in the second by a goal from Jaedyn Walz, with an assist from Hannah Johnson. The lead would hold for about 17 minutes and Hastings was able to score the equalizer with 35 seconds left in the game. But, nobody was able to score in overtime.

East Ridge goalie Katie Ahmann saved 28 of 30 shots on goal in the tie.

On Friday the Raptors traveled to Cretin-Derham Hall for a battle of the No. 4 and No. 5 teams in the SEC. CDH (15-10; 11-7 SEC) came out on top 3-2, scoring all three of its goals on power plays.

After two CDH goals that came 35 seconds apart in the third minute of the game, Bender scored halfway through the first period with an assist from Rachel Rollins. Walz tied the game late in the second period on an unassisted goal, but it was not enough as CDH scored six minutes into the third period. Ahmann saved 18 of 21 shots.

East Ridge earned the fifth seed in the Section 3AA tournament and will get a rematch with Hastings on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Hastings. The Raiders nabbed the fourth seed. The winner earns a shot at top-seeded and 16th-ranked Eagan in the section semifinals on Saturday.

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