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East Ridge boys hockey: Glaeser, Woodbury end four-year drought against Raptors

Kevin Donohue and East Ridge have lost three straight games. East Ridge travels Thursday to White Bear Lake. (Bulletin photo by Nick Gerhardt)

A five-game losing streak and having never won at Cottage Grove Ice Arena against East Ridge didn’t faze the Woodbury boys hockey team on Saturday as it ended a four-year winless streak with a 1-0 victory over the Raptors.

The Royals beat intra-district and Suburban East Conference rival East Ridge in dramatic fashion with Jack Glaeser scoring the game winner with 30 seconds left to play. The last time Woodbury beat fellow Woodbury-based East Ridge came on Dec. 18, 2010.

“They grew up tonight,” Royals head coach Wes Bolin said. “They haven’t had a win where they had to go right down to the end and make a play to get it done and they did.”

Woodbury (7-15, 4-12 SEC) has just six seniors this season and the game-winner came from one of those seniors in Glaeser.

Royals junior goalie Austen Macalus, who made 31 saves in his first start of the season as sophomore against East Ridge in a 1-0 loss, made 31 stops in the shutout victory. Macalus did not start in the previous two games and came out with an edge against the Raptors.

“He rises to the occasion when he gets challenged,” Bolin said.

East Ridge (8-11-1, 6-9 SEC) controlled much of the puck possession through the first two periods, but Woodbury turned it on in the third.

“Give Wes and his guys credit, they worked hard,” Raptors head coach Doug Long said. “They knew they had to keep it close and if they could keep it to within a goal they would have a pretty good opportunity.”

East Ridge won the first meeting of the season 4-2 at Bielenberg Arena, but couldn’t generate the scoring chances it did in that game again.

The Raptors played from the perimeter and did not get enough shots and bodies in front of the net, Long said.

“We expect more out of our team,” Long said. “It’s just kind of disappointing we didn’t have our A game.”

The loss made it three consecutive for East Ridge, which had won five consecutive games prior.

Before falling to Woodbury, Forest Lake’s Brett Gravelle scored 3:20 into overtime to lift the Rangers to a 4-3 victory Thursday over East Ridge in Forest Lake.

Gravelle, who has scored 26 goals in 21 games this season, scored two goals and the game winner for the second time this season against the Raptors. Gravelle scored a pair of goals Dec. 19 against East Ridge in Cottage Grove.

Jarrod Ronquillo gave the Raptors a 1-0 lead 7:13 into the game, but Ryan Herbert tied it up for the Rangers five minutes later. Gravelle scored his first goal of the game at 5:16 of the second period to make it 2-1, but Kevin Donohue helped rally East Ridge with a goal at 12:32 to tie it up again. Derek Hammer gave the Raptors a 3-2 lead 7:33 into the third period but Forest Lake got a goal with 1:20 left to play from Ben Wallinga to force overtime.

The Rangers (11-6-4, 7-3-4 SEC) outshot the Raptors 39-36 for the game.

East Ridge faces White Bear Lake Thursday in White Bear Lake.

For Woodbury, a rematch of an overtime clash is coming up against Stillwater (11-9-1, 9-5-1 SEC) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Royals fell 4-3 in overtime on Jan. 4 to the Ponies.

The Royals will also get a second crack at Mounds View (8-11-1, 6-7-1 SEC) on Monday, Feb. 10, at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine.

-Nick Gerhardt