East Ridge boys hockey: Raptors win, lose and drawWhite Bear Lake used the first two periods to build an insurmountable lead Tuesday en route to a 6-2 victory over East Ridge at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. However, the Raptors rebounded with a win over Hastings and a tie with Mounds View.
By: Nick Gerhardt, Woodbury Bulletin
White Bear Lake used the first two periods to build an insurmountable lead Tuesday en route to a 6-2 victory over East Ridge at Cottage Grove Ice Arena.
The Bears scored two goals in the first period and added three more in the second to take a 5-1 lead into the third period.
Nick Leach cut it to 5-2 with a goal 9 minutes, 34 seconds into the third period, but Jake Wahlin’s second goal of the game five seconds after Leach’s goal ended any comeback effort from the Raptors.
Kevin Donohue scored a power-play goal on an assist from Tyler Hart at the 13:28 mark of the second period, but the goal came after Wahlin scored a short-handed goal at 3:34 to open the second period.
East Ridge (4-4-1, 2-2-1 SEC) outshot the Bears (3-2-1, 2-2-1 SEC) 35-28 for the game, including outshooting White Bear Lake 14-4 in the third period.
The Raptors went 1-for-6 on the power play and gave up a shorthanded goal.
Seth King and A.J. Welch scored to give the Bears a 2-0 lead in the first period. King added another goal in the second period and Tommy Giller scored at 14:51 in the second to build a 5-1 lead.
Wahlin finished with two goals and two assists while Ben Wilke had two assists. Steven Fronek had an assist for East Ridge.
Nicholas Maki made 22 saves for the Raptors in the loss. East Ridge bounced back Thursday night to hand Hastings its first conference loss of the season with a 4-3 victory in Hastings.
Jacob Nickoloff scored what proved the game-winner at 15:36 of the second period with a power-play goal. Nickoloff finished with a goal and two assists.
The Raiders (5-2, 3-1 SEC) had taken a 3-2 lead to start the second period, but a goal from Joseph Schutz at 8:43 on an assist from Luke Ringhofer tied it at 3-3.
The Raptors traded goals with Hastings in the first period. Freshman Derek Hammer put East Ridge on the board 40 seconds into the game on an assist from Ian Penvose and Nickoloff. Jack Greeley gave the Raptors the lead again at 2-1 on an assist from Nickoloff.
Mark Huneke scored twice in the first period for the Raiders. Hastings went 1-for-6 on the power play.
Tyler Guck stopped 27 of 30 shots in goal for East Ridge in the victory.
The Raiders outshot the Raptors 30-24. After knocking off conference leader Hastings Thursday, East Ridge had a chance to do the same against Mounds View, but had to settle for a 5-5 overtime tie.
The Raptors rallied to tie the game four times against the Mustangs but couldn’t find a go-ahead goal.
Ian Penvose led East Ridge with two goals while Jacob Nickoloff had a goal and an assist and Jack Greeley assisted on three goals.
Penvose gave the Raptors a 1-0 lead 54 seconds into the game, but goals from Mounds View’s A.J. Rupert and Andrew Bjorkland gave the Mustangs a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period.
Ryan McDonough tied the game at 2-2 2:59 into the second period but Rupert buried his second goal of the game on a power play to retake the lead. Nickoloff tied it up again 37 seconds later, but Mounds View went ahead 4-3 with a goal from Jacob Tretsven at 13:36.
Derek Hammer tied it at 4-4 just a minute later.
Matt Hunt put the Mustangs back on top 5-4 at 12:09 in the third and Penvose notched his second goal of the game with one second left to force overtime.
East Ridge finished with 32 shots while Mounds View had 28 after neither team scored in overtime.
The Mustangs finished 1-for-1 on the power play and the Raptors went 0-for-3.
Maki finished with 23 saves in goal for East Ridge. The Raptors face Eastview Thursday at Cottage Grove Ice Arena.