East Ridge boys hockey: Raptors rip Shakopee, end 9-game winless streak with 6-0 victoryThe East Ridge boys hockey team ripped non-conference foe Shakopee 6-0 on Saturday, Jan. 7, to end a 9-game winless streak that dated back to Thursday, Dec. 1.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, Woodbury Bulletin
The East Ridge boys hockey team ripped non-conference foe Shakopee 6-0 on Saturday, Jan. 7, to end a 9-game winless streak that dated back to Thursday, Dec. 1.
East Ridge junior forward Tyler Fitzsimmons led the way for the Raptors with a 3-goal game.
“It was great for our kids to get out of the team’s scoring slump,” East Ridge head coach Doug Long said. “We have been working hard a practice on getting more pucks and bodies to the net and we certainly did that in yesterday’s game.”
Additionally, East Ridge senior goalie Thomas Wermers earned his first career varsity win and shutout as a goalie, and senior defenseman Patrick Herbert scored his first varsity goal in the win over Shakopee (2-11-1).
The win over the Sabers came on the heels of a 4-1 Suburban East Conference loss at Forest Lake on Thursday, Jan. 5.
In the loss, Forest Lake (6-6-1; 4-3-1 SEC) went up 2-0 in the first period before the Raptors responded.
Devin Donohue netted a power-play goal with 1:48 left in the first period to cut the Raptors’ deficit to 2-1. However, notched a goal in the second period and a goal in the third period and held on for the win.
East Ridge outshot Forest Lake 19-18 in the game.
The Raptors faced off with non-conference foe Holy Family on Tuesday, Jan. 10, after the Bulletin went to press. Next, East Ridge takes on intra-district rival Park on Thursday, Jan. 12.
East Ridge is 2-1-1 in two years against the Wolfpack.