Park boys hockey: Wolfpack off to 0-3 start
Park has plenty at stake going into Woodbury’s Bielenberg Arena on Thursday.
“If you can’t get up to be prepared to play your cross-town rivals, then I don’t know what motivates them to play then,” Wolfpack coach Jay Moser said.
A recent rivalry game did not go the Wolfpack’s way against East Ridge on Saturday, Dec. 7. Six goals in the first two periods by the Raptors dropped the Wolfpack to 0-3 with an 8-1 loss at Cottage Grove Arena. The Raptors outshot them 40-13, and the Wolfpack went 0-for-5 on the power play.
“We were flat and they took it to us,” Moser said.
Erick Stoffel had the lone goal on an assist from Pat McCarthy at the 14:45 mark in the third period. Wolfpack goalies Kyle Strand and Matt Palmquist split time in net with 19 and 13 saves respectively.
A strong start by Tartan in the Wolfpack’s opener on Tuesday, Dec. 3, buried the Wolfpack 3-0. The two teams exchanged goals in the remaining periods as the Wolfpack fell 5-2. The Wolfpack went 1-5 on the power play and killed both of the Titans’ power plays. The Wolfpack also out-shot the Titans 39-32.
“I was mostly satisfied with our efforts in the second and third periods,” Moser said.
Nick Lucas had the first goal for the Wolfpack at 2:32 in the second period, which cut the Titan lead to 3-1. Stoffel assisted on the goal.
Matt Goecke started the third period with a power play goal for the Wolfpack, which again cut the lead to a pair of goals at 4-2. Lucas assisted on the goal. Strand had 27 saves in goal with a .871 save percentage.
Against Mounds View on Thursday, Dec. 5, the Wolfpack stayed even with the Mustangs for the first two periods a 2-2. The Mustangs pulled away in the third period with three goals for the 5-3 win.
The Wolfpack were outshot 31-22, but they went 1-3 on the power play. The Wolfpack gave up one power play goal by the Mustangs.
Stoffel put the Wolfpack in front 1-0 at the 12:34 mark in the first period on the assist from McCarthy. Austin Ulik scored a short-handed goal on assists from Jason Miner and Brent Wallace, which gave the Wolfpack the lead again in the second period at 2-1. Then, the Mustangs reeled off four unanswered goals for a 5-2 lead.
Lucas scored on the power play with assists from Palmquist and Goecke. Palmquist finished with 26 saves in goal and an .839 save percentage.
Besides Woodbury (2-3, 0-3 Suburban East) on Thursday, the Wolfpack (0-3, 0-2 SEC) also host Cretin-Derham Hall (2-0-1, 1-0-1 SEC) on Saturday.