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Park boys hockey: Recent losses have Wolfpack on slide heading into final week

Another pair of losses extended the Park boys hockey team’s losing streak to six games as they go into the final week of the regular season.

Wolfpack coach Jay Moser said his team is, “not playing with intensity.”

Against Hastings on Thursday, Feb. 6, the Raiders buried the Wolfpack with a 3-0 first period on 15 shots. By the time Pat McCarthy found the net for the Wolfpack with a second period goal, the Raiders had already mounted a 5-0 lead.

McCarthy’s goal came on an assist from Nick Lucas. Wolfpack goalie Kyle Strand had 23 saves in the loss.

A Saturday, Feb. 8, game against Forest Lake brought more of the same for the Wolfpack. Three first period goals put the Rangers comfortably ahead 3-0. Nick Lucas and Eric Stoffel each had goals for the Wolfpack after they trailed by 4-plus goals in an 8-2 loss at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena.

Kyle Mohr and McCarthy both assisted on Stoffel’s goal. Strand and Matt Palmquist split time in goal for the game with 22 and 19 saves respectively.

With the loss to the Rangers, the Wolfpack dropped their six-consecutive game. Scoring has been a big problem as the Wolfpack have mustered only seven goals in that entire stretch.

The Wolfpack (4-19, 1-16 Suburban East) will close out the regular season with Stillwater (12-9-2, 10-5-2 SEC) at home on Thursday at 7 p.m. Section 3AA Tournament play begins on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the tourney’s final season at the State Fair Coliseum. The aged arena will no longer be used for hockey after the high school season.

—Matthew Davis