Park girls hockey: Wolfpack falls to rivals Woodbury, East Ridge
Three-straight one-goal losses have the Park girls hockey team in need of a boost.
They fell to East Ridge 1-0, Eagan 3-2 and Woodbury 4-3 all in one week. In addition, they lost the lead against Eagan and Woodbury in those losses.
Against their East Ridge (3-0, 1-0 Suburban East) on Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Raptors scored early with a goal by Anya Hafiz and held on for the win. Wolfpack junior goalie Paige Press had 35 saves and a .9772 save percentage despite the loss. The Wolfpack mustered 11 shots in the game.
They had a first-period lead against Eagan (1-4-1, 0-1 South Suburban) on Thursday, Nov. 21, when sophomore forward Maria Houle scored her first goal of the season. The Wildcats responded with two goals in the second period to take the lead, 2-1.
Taylor Anderson padded the Wildcat lead in the third period with her second goal of the game, but sophomore forward Abby Kirsch put the Wolfpack back within a goal about six minutes later. Freshman defender Hailey Nadeua-Robinson assisted on the goal. However, the Wildcats held on for their first win of the season. Press finished with 34 saves and stopped 91 percent of shots for the Wolfpack. The Wolfpack also were outshot 37-21.
On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Wolfpack built their biggest lead of the season against Woodbury (4-2, 1-1 SEC) when senior forward Emma Waller scored in the second period for a 2-0 lead. Junior defenders Sam Anderson and Alyssa Wickenhouser assisted on the goal.
Wolfpack Sophomore defender Lexi Hofstetter got the scoring going early wit a goal on an assist from Kirsch. The Royals rallied with a goal from Shannon Mtozko to cut the lead to 2-1.
Wickenhouser put the Wolfpack back up by two scores with a power play goal on an assist from Waller. The Royals then had three unanswered goals, which led to the 4-3 loss for the Wolfpack. Freshman goalie
Bryce Boreen stopped 35 shots as the Wolfpack’s goaltender that night. The road became no easier when the Wolfpack (0-5, 02 SEC) faced No. 11-ranked Roseville (4-0, 1-0 SEC) on Tuesday. A tough stretch of games continues for the Wolfpack after the Thanksgiving break with No. 12 Mounds View (1-2-2, 1-1 SEC) on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and No. 3 Class A South Saint Paul (2-0-1, 0-0 Classic Suburban) on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Both teams reached the state tournament last season.