Park boys hockey: Wolfpack gets season’s first winWolfpack gets season’s first win in 6-2 victory over Rochester Century Park picked up its first win of the season Dec. 27 to open the Rochester Kiwanis Class 2A tournament.
By: Nick Gerhardt, South Washington County Bulletin
Wolfpack gets season’s first win in 6-2 victory over Rochester Century
Park picked up its first win of the season Dec. 27 to open the Rochester Kiwanis Class 2A tournament.
The Wolfpack (1-8-1, 0-4-1 Suburban East Conference) beat Rochester Century 6-2 in Rochester, but lost its next two games in the tournament. Eastview beat Park 4-0 and Eau Claire Memorial won 4-3 in overtime.
Russel Damsgard scored two goals against Century while Chris Peterson, Braeden Cordts, Nick Moser and Jake Young added goals.
Park scored four goals, including three on the power-play to take control of the game in the third period. Five of the six Wolfpack goals came on the power play.
Eastview scored three second-period goals to take control en route to a 4-0 win.
Park outshot Eastview 23-21 but the Lightning converted on two power-play chances.
The Wolfpack had seven power-play chances but didn’t convert on any.
Matthew Palmquist made 17 saves in the loss. Eau Claire Memorial’s Jacob Bresser scored 24 seconds into overtime Dec. 29 to beat Park.
Bresser had two goals and an assist in the win.
Park had a 2-1 lead after the first period with goals from Eric Stoffel and Dylan Radke.
Eau Claire tied it in the third at 6:30 with a goal from Brady Bollinger.
Following the tournament, a third-period rally by Cretin-Derham Hall sunk Park in the two teams’ SEC game. Cretin-Derham Hall’s Nick Reis scored with 6:06 left in the game to lift the Raiders past Park 2-1 in overtime on Saturday at Cottage Grove Ice Arena.
The goal came after the Wolfpack’s Nickolas Perry had tied the game at the 5:23 mark of the second period off an assist from Dylan Radke and Jacob Garr.
Park goaltender Matthew Palmquist kept it close with 35 saves on 37 shots, but the lack of offense that has plagued the team all season did so again.
The Wolfpack finished with 28 shots on goal, including 14 in the second, but got badly outshot in the first and third periods.
Cal Crawford gave Cretin-Derham Hall a 1-0 lead at 9:02 of the first period and the Raiders held that lead until Perry’s tally in the second period.
Park faces No. 19 Mounds View Thursday at Cottage Grove Ice Arena.