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Park boys hockey: Wolfpack slips to 0-5 in losses to Royals and Raiders

Park senior goalie Kyle Strand makes a save against Cretin-Derham Hall last week. Park fell to the Raiders 5-1. Strand had 44 saves in net for the Wolfpack. (Submitted photos by Steve Rooker)

A big third-period rally by Park came up short against Woodbury as the Wolfpack’s losing streak extended.

The Wolfpack fell behind 4-0 lead through two periods, on Thursday, Dec. 12, against the Royals and a comfortable win for the Suburban East Conference and intra-district rival appeared clear in sight. However, going 2-2 on the power play propelled the Wolfpack comeback bid.

It started when Matt Goecke scored on a power play, assisted by Nick Lucas and Eric Stoffel, which cut the lead to 4-1. Ian James put the Royals ahead by four goals again only 10 seconds later with goal on an assist from Tristan Mayer.

At the 11 minute, 58 second mark, Stoffel scored on a Wolfpack power play with an assist from Cole Beaton. That cut the lead to 5-2, and Park (0-5; 0-4 SEC) threatened further at 15:49 went Pat McCarthy scored on an even-strength goal. Stoffel and Lucas assisted on the McCarthy goal, which cut the lead to 5-3.

Woodbury’s defense held off the Wolfpack the rest of the way, however, and goalie Austen Macalus earned the win in net for the Royals (3-4; 1-4 SEC). He picked up nine of his 23 saves during that final period.

Ryne Triement had two goals for the Royals with one coming on a power play. He scored first for the Royals in the opening period at 4:34, assisted by Nick Sheak and Kyle Buche. Marshall Tschida and Seth Winger assisted on Triement’s power play goal at 13:01 in the second period.

Sasha Choporov put the Royals up 2-0 in the second period on an assist from Jack Glaeser. Sheak scored on a Royals power play and cushioned the lead at 3-0. Tschida assisted on the goal for the first of his two assists.

Matt Palmquist took the loss for the Wolfpack in goal. He had 31 saves, which included a furious first period of 14 saves. The Royals went 2-3 on the power play and out-shot the Wolfpack 36-26.

Getting that first win became even more daunting with second-place Cretin-Derham Hall coming to town on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Raiders also went up 4-0 through two periods, and the Wolfpack had no big third period up their sleeve this time around in a 5-1 loss.

The Raiders (4-1-1; 3-1-1 SEC) outshot the Wolfpack 49-20, and Nick Perry had the lone goal for the Wolfpack at the 3:26 mark of the third period, assisted by Brent Wallace. Kyle Strand had 44 saves in net for the Wolfpack with an .898 save percentage.

The going gets even tougher for the Wolfpack this week with Roseville (3-2-1, 2-1-1 SEC) on Thursday. Then, the Wolfpack face No. 12-ranked White Bear Lake (5-0-1, 4-0-1 SEC) on Saturday.

—Matthew Davis