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Park boys hockey: Wolfpack hope to breathe new life in postseason, will face Woodbury

The Park boys hockey team ended the regular season similar to how it began.

The Wolfpack lost more than five consecutive games at both the start and the end of the regular season.  Most recently, Park fell to Suburban East Conference foe Stillwater at home 5-2 on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena in the regular season finale.

“We haven’t been playing real consistent as of late,” Wolfpack coach Jay Moser said.  “We’ve reverted to some of the same issues we had early in the season, and it’s been resulting in too many goals against, and that’s not something we can easily overcome.”

The Wolfpack (3-21-1, 1-17 SEC)had fallen short earlier in the week at Apple Valley in a 4-2 loss on Tuesday, Feb. 11.  Bryce Solberg scored his first varsity goal for Park to tie the game 1-1 on an assist from Nick Perry and Tommy Koehnen at 11:43.

Solberg, a sophomore, had been moved from defenseman to forward to aid his development. His play has improved overall, including scoring his first varsity points.

“He’s doing a very good job for us up there,” Moser said. 

The Eagles, however, pulled back ahead seconds after the Solberg goal later with a goal at 11:51. Two more unanswered goals by the Eagles put the Wolfpack in a 4-1 hole during the first half of the third period at the Apple Valley Sports Arena. Kyle Mohr put in a goal for the Wolfpack to cut the Eagles lead to 4-2. 

Braeden Cordts, Tommy Koehnen both assisted on the score. Wolfpack goalie Kyle Strand had 29 saves and an .879 save percentage.

The Wolfpack opened Section 3AA tournament play on Tuesday at rival Woodbury (8-17, 4-14 SEC) after the Bulletin went to print. The two Suburban East Conference foes split their regular season series.

-Matthew Davis

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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