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East Ridge girls hockey: Raptors win Schwan Cup title

East Ridge senior defenseman Kayla Griffith puts a shot on goal from the blue line Saturday at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The Raptors won 2-0. (Bulletin photo by Nick Gerhardt)

East Ridge snapped a four-game losing streak in a big way at the Schwan Cup tournament by winning the Red Division.

The Raptors won the tournament title with a 1-0 victory over North Metro (3-15, 0-11 Northwest Suburban) Wednesday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. East Ridge (11-6, 5-5 SEC) got to the title game with a 3-0 victory over Moose Lake Area (8-6-2) Monday and a 3-2 victory over Fort Frances (Ontario) Tuesday at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

Sophomore forward Katherine Scheibner scored a pair of goals in the first period and senior forward Jaedyn Walz scored with 32 seconds left for the 3-0 victory.

East Ridge finished with a 32-7 shot advantage.

The Raptors needed a goal from sophomore forward Anya Hafiz with three minutes to play to knock off Fort Frances 3-2 despite holding a 46-18 shot advantage.

Hafiz finished with two goals and gave East Ridge a 1-0 advantage with a power-play goal at 11:38 of the first period.

Sophomore forward Brooklyn Pierre made it 2-0 with a second-period goal, but Fort Frances scored with 14 seconds to play in the second period to cut the lead to 2-1.

Fort Frances tied the game 2-2 at 8:03 of the third period.

The Raptors continued to pepper opponents with shots in the championship, but only got a goal from Pierre on the power play at 13:27 of the second period.

East Ridge outshot North Metro 43-11 for the game and went 1-for-2 on the power play.

Erin Cheatham made 11 saves for the shutout victory.

Before heading into the Schwan Cup tournament, Katherine Scheibner scored a pair of second-period goals to led East Ridge past district rival Park 2-0 Saturday at Cottage Grove Ice Arena.

Scheibner’s first goal came on a snipe to the upper corner of the net and followed that up with a shorthanded goal to make it 2-0.

Scheibner’s second goal came as she fell to the ice and drew a penalty while the Raptors tried to kill a penalty.

Both goals came after Wolfpack (3-12-2, 1-7-2 SEC) turnovers in their own zone.

“It’s been a consistent theme that we’ve had turnovers, they just happened to be there today,” Park head coach Steve Morse said.

Wolfpack junior goalie Paige Press made 39 saves against East Ridge in a performance similar to the first meeting between the two teams when she made 35 saves in a 1-0 loss.

“She’s been very consistent,” Morse said. “She’s seen a lot of shots. She’s seeing between 30 and 50 shots a game and she’s been solid every night. We know we have a chance when she’s solid and so far that’s been every night.”

The Raptors face Woodbury Friday at Bielenberg Arena in Woodbury while Park faces Roseville Friday in Roseville.

—Nick Gerhardt