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Anya Hafiz and the East Ridge girls hockey team beat rival Woodbury 9-2 last week. (Bulletin photo by Nick Gerhardt)

East Ridge girls hockey: Raptors rout rival Royals 9-2 at Bielenberg

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East Ridge routed district rival Woodbury 9-2 at Bielenberg Arena on Nov. 26 in an effort that displayed a dynamic offense for the Raptors.

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East Ridge (6-1, 3-0 Suburban East Conference) had seven different players record a goal and 12 different players record a point. The Raptors got a pair of goals from senior forward Cassie Goff and junior forward Jessie Andersen. Senior defenseman Kayla Griffith finished with a goal and two assists while senior forward Jenna Griffith added a goal and an assist. Senior defenseman Jessica Hammer, sophomore forward Katherine Scheibner, junior defenseman Danielle Waldon, junior forward Hannah Johnson, senior forward Jaden Walz, sophomore forward Brooklyn Pierre, sophomore forward Abby Roeser and senior forward Kayla Bender all had a point.

East Ridge scored three times in the first period before erupting for five more in the second period and notching a third-period goal. The Raptors finished with 42 shots on goal and finished 1-for-3 on the power play.

The Royals (4-4, 1-2 SEC) tied the game in the first period. Sophomore forward Kim Taplin scored on an assist from junior forward Kayla Falconer and sophomore forward Livia Twohig at 9 minutes, 57 seconds of the first period, after Andersen put East Ridge up 1-0 at the 6:21 mark.

Griffith scored a power-play goal later in the first and Bender added another goal to build a 3-1 lead at the end of the period.

Andersen scored her second goal of the game at 1:10 of the second period before Woodbury struck back with a power-play goal from senior defenseman Amanda McAlpine on an assist from Pierre. Goff notched a goal at 10:22 and another at 13:03 while Scheibner scored between Goff’s goals and Roeser capped off the five-goal period with a goal at 14:47 on an assist from Jenna Griffith. Griffith added a third-period goal at 16:30.

Raptors sophomore goalie Erin Cheatham made nine saves in the win.

Before beating Woodbury, the Raptors finished the Irondale Thanksgiving Tournament with a 1-1 record after an overtime loss to Champlin Park Friday and a 5-2 victory over Simley Saturday at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

In the loss to Champlin Park, Sydney Peluf’s power-play goal 28 seconds into overtime proved the game winner despite East Ridge outshooting the Rebels 50-28 for the game.

The Raptors fell behind 2-0 2:28 into the third period but rallied back to tie the game with goals from junior defenseman Val Whichello and senior forward Jaedyn Walz. Walz scored a power-play goal at 11:48 to tie the game on an assist from sophomore forward Anya Hafiz and senior defenseman Kayla Griffith.

East Ridge held a 19-6 shot advantage in the second period and a 21-8 advantage in the third period.

Erin Cheatham made 25 saves for the win.

The Raptors used a four-goal second period to pick up a 5-2 victory over Simley.

Five different players scored for East Ridge with Jessie Andersen scoring a short-handed goal at 13:56 of the first period while junior forward Cara Kaufer, Cassie Goff, Hafiz and Scheibner scored in the second period for a 5-1 lead.

Reegan Patnode had both goals for the Spartans (3-4, 0-0 CSC) in the loss.

The Raptors finished 2-for-4 on the power play and 45 shots on goal.

East Ridge senior goalie Katie Flanders got the win by making 14 saves.

The Raptors face Roseville Saturday at Bielenberg Arena.

-Nick Gerhardt

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