Park boys hockey: Wolfpack earns season sweep over Royals
Park senior hockey player Nick Moser likely didn't envision his final year playing out like it has, but last Thursday in the regular season finale Moser picked a good spot to shine.
On Senior Night for the Wolfpack, Moser scored two goals in a 2-1 victory over rival Woodbury at Cottage Grove Ice Arena to give Park its second win in three games.
Moser's goal with 1 minute, 28 seconds left sealed the win for the Wolfpack (4-20-1, 3-14-1 SEC) and gave the team a season sweep of the Royals (6-16-3, 1-13-3 SEC).
Moser missed a chunk of the season with a shoulder injury and just recently returned the lineup. Moser has slowly worked his way back to game shape but the goals have been hard to find. Moser has nine goals on the season and three came in the last three games.
"You always want to end the regular season on a high note and hopefully you're playing your best hockey," Park head coach Jay Moser said. "I don't think we necessarily played our best hockey tonight but we did what we had to do to win the game."
Moser's game-winner came on a quick shot from the right circle that trickled into the net. It took a little while for Moser and the rest of the team to realize it went in.
"He came off from down low and took a quick shot and caught the goalie off guard," Jay Moser said. "We have to shoot quick, shoot often and play for rebounds and deflections. If we want to be successful in the playoffs we have to do a better job of converting off those rebounds."
Moser tied the game in the second period with a power-play goal on assists from Alex Kielsa and Dylan Radke at 13:19.
That goal erased a 1-0 deficit, which Woodbury grabbed in the first period with Ford Pendleton's goal at 7:53 on an assist from Jack Glaeser.
The Royals outshot Park 34-27 for the game, including 12-4 in the first period, but struggled to capitalize on their opportunities.
"We had some scoring chances but we just don't finish," Woodbury head coach Wes Bolin said. "If you don't score goals, you don't win games. That's really been the story of our year. We just don't score enough."
Kyle Strand made 33 saves in goal for Park for the win.
Austin Macalus stopped 25 shots in the loss.
The Wolfpack received the eighth seed for the Section 3AA playoffs and will begin the section tournament Tuesday at Cottage Grove Ice Arena against the ninth-seeded Royals.
Irondale holds off Park
Park outshot Irondale at better than a 2-to-1 ratio, but couldn't come up with a win in a 2-1 loss to Irondale Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Cottage Grove Ice Arena.
The Knights (10-14-1, 4-8 NSC) finished with 12 shots on goal but pumped in two goals less than a minute apart in the second period to pull out a win.
Mike Hankner scored at 4 minutes, 55 seconds of the second period and Jack Tuomie added a goal at 5:28 to put Irondale up 2-0.
Chris Peterson scored a shorthanded goal near the end of the period to cut the lead to 2-1 but the Wolfpack couldn't find the tying goal in the third period. Park finished with 29 shots on goal and went 0-for-3 on the power play. Fletcher Rheault and Eric Stoffel assisted on Peterson's goal.
Matthew Palmquist finished with 11 saves in goal for Park.