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Upset of Roseville falls short for boys hockey

Park junior forward Brandyn Graff broke a 0-0 tie with Roseville with just under two minutes remaining in the game to give the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead, but the Raiders came back to win.

After a pair of lopsided losses, Park played one of its best games of the year and forced Roseville into overtime, but the Raiders scored with 59 seconds remaining in the extra period and handed the Wolfpack the loss and a 0-3 week.

On the week, Park (3-17-1; 1-10-1 SEC) fell 6-2 in a non-conference road game with Tartan on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 9-2 to White Bear Lake in the Suburban East Conference on Thursday at Cottage Grove Ice Arena and 2-1 to Roseville at home on Saturday.

Against Roseville, in a game littered with penalties that was scoreless for almost its entirety, Park junior forward Brandyn Graff broke a 0-0 tie off a pass from junior forward Nate Youso with just under two minutes remaining in the game to give the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead.

However, the Raiders (10-7-1; 7-3-1 SEC) answered with a goal 44 seconds later to tie the game 1-1 with 1:02 remaining to play and Roseville's Jackson scored the game-winning goal 4:11 into overtime to help the Raiders avoid the upset.

Park senior goalie Matt Fretwell stopped 35 of 37 shots in the game. Park registered 25 shots on goal.

Both teams combined for 19 penalties in the game, 12 of which were called on Roseville.

However, neither team scored a power play or short handed goal. Park was 0-12 on the power play.

Earlier in the week, Park lost to Tartan and former coaches Steve Romanchuk and Jim McElmury 6-2 in Oakdale.

In the game, Youso cut the Titans' lead to 3-2 with over 16 minutes to play in the third period, but Tartan (11-5-1; 6-2-1 Classic Suburban) scored three consecutive goals in less than four minutes to blow the game open. Park junior forward Sean Dougherty gave the Wolfpack an early 1-0 lead with his goal 53 seconds after the drop of the puck. However, tartan scored three straight times between the first and second periods to take a 3-1 lead. Park tallied 27 shots in the game while Tartan had 39 shots on Park junior goalie Jeremy Larson.

On Thursday, Park took on White Bear Lake and the Bears proved worthy of its No. 15 ranking in Class AA as it took care of the Wolfpack with eight consecutive goals.

Park senior defenseman Brenden Schmidt started the 'Pack off on the right foot with his goal just 10 seconds into the game. However, White Bear (11-8-1; 8-3-0 SEC) responded with four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead into the locker room after the first period.

After the break, White Bear scored four more goals until Park sophomore Kirby Quebodeaux stopped the bleeding with his goal just over 10 minutes into the third period.

In the game, the Bears held Park to 17 shots, while Park gave up 27 shots on goal.

On the year, Quebodeaux leads Park in scoring with 18 points and nine goals. Brandon Handwork is second with 13 points and Graff has 12 points.

Next up, Park travels to 11th-ranked Woodbury on Saturday, Feb. 7 in hopes of avenging a 4-1 loss to the Royals (16-2-2; 9-1-1 SEC) back on Jan. 8 and stopping its six game losing streak.

The team has only four games remaining before section playoffs begin.