Girls Hockey: East Ridge wins Golden Plunger, Woodbury prepares for Hockey Day Minnesota
East Ridge 2, Woodbury 1
East Ridge and Woodbury looked at this Saturday game from two different perspectives.
For East Ridge, it was a chance to stop the two-game losing streak and get back on the right track with only about a month left until the section tournament. For Woodbury, it was a chance to extend its winning streak to two after a 1-0 win over Irondale on Friday.
Before the game on Saturday, the two teams had pink hockey sticks to support cancer awareness. The two teams were also pretty lose.
The Woodbury players were smiling and laughing as they passed the pucks around during warmups. The East Ridge players were smiling and singing to the music, specifically Kaitlyn Lorbiecki and Allyson Barry singing along to Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like."
"It's always nice getting the final win, as a senior, against your rival like Woodbury," said East Ridge's Addi Scribner. "It was great to get the win tonight and end that losing skid we were on."
Woodbury scored first in the game as Maya Struve found the back of the net. Towards the end of the first period, it looked like the Royals were going to have the lead heading into intermission. East Ridge's Emma Fetch made sure that wasn't the case as she connected on a goal with about a minute and a half left.
"That goal in the first period was big for us," said East Ridge's Kim McClintick. "It was great heading into the second period all tied up instead of being down."
That goal for Fetch was her first goal of her varsity career. Once she connected on the goal, the entire East Ridge went crazy along with the coaches because they knew how special that moment was for her.
"It was amazing and it will always be a memory," Fetch said. "It's even more memorable and special to get the goal against a team like Woodbury."
The second period was scoreless between the two teams as it became a defensive battle and that continued into the third period. With about seven minutes left in the game, Erin Glancey gave East Ridge a 2-1 lead with a goal.
That was the goal needed to give the Raptors the win and the Golden Plunger.
"We played really well as a team and worked together for all three periods," said Woodbury's Hayley Zwakman. "We just need to continue doing that for the upcoming week against Roseville and our Bemidji trip."
East Ridge will improve its record to 12-6-1 on the season and will host Forest Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. as Forest Lake is undefeated in the Suburban East Conference this season.
Woodbury will fall to 3-10-4 on the season as the Royals prepare to travel to Roseville on Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
After Roseville, the Royals will pack their bags and take a bus trip to Bemidji as they play in Hockey Day Minnesota on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and Thursday, Jan. 17.
"This is going to be an exciting trip for the team," said Woodbury's head coach Chris Lepper. "It's also a great time to come together as a team and form a bond knowing that the section tournament is right around the corner after this trip."
Woodbury was selected back in August to participate in Hockey Day Minnesota. The Royals will play Bemidji as the junior varsity game is on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and the varsity game is on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
The games will take place outside on a rink right next to Lake Bemidji. The expected temperature for Thursday, Jan. 17 in Bemidji will be a high of six degrees and a low of -13 degrees.
"We've had a couple practices outside to see what it's like and what kind of equipment we need to bring for this game," said Woodbury's Nicole Stickels. "All I know is that we are bringing plenty of layers and plenty of hand warmers."
The Woodbury girls are excited to play on a stage like this to represent the Woodbury community and Woodbury High School. They can't wait to get out there with all the fans and play their best game of hockey.
Lepper said he hopes this weekend will build some more team chemistry as well as give them an opportunity to go out and have some fun.
"I hope that we build as a team and leave everything on the ice," said Woodbury's Elizabeth Molnau. "We've been playing some really good hockey the last few games and we just need to bring that to Bemidji next week."
St. Paul United 3, East Ridge 2
It was a close game for all three periods, but St. Paul United earned the 3-2 victory over East Ridge on Thursday night.
The Raptors will look to break a two-game losing streak on Saturday, Jan. 12 as they play in-town rival Woodbury at 7:30 p.m.
Forest Lake 6, Park 3
The scoring started early and often for both teams, but Forest Lake finished on top with a 6-3 victory over Park on Thursday night.
The Wolfpack started the scoring with a goal from Britney Frandrup, but Forest Lake scored three goals to take a 3-1 lead heading into the second period.
Park scored once again in the second period from the stick of Nina Fragola, but Forest Lake scored its own goal to make it a 4-2 game heading into the third period.
Forest Lake started the scoring with two goals in the third period to take a 6-2 lead, but Park scored one more goal as Fragola earned her second goal of the night.
The loss brings Park's record down to 4-12-1 on the season as the Wolfpack travels to North St. Paul/Tartan on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.
White Bear Lake 4, East Ridge 3
White Bear Lake started the game with a large lead, but East Ridge gave the Bears a fight towards the end. The three goals for the Raptors wasn't enough though as East Ridge lost 4-3 on Tuesday night.
White Bear Lake got on the board early with two goals in the first period. The Bears also scored one goal to start the second period, making it a 3-0 game.
East Ridge came back with two goals from Katie Flynn to make it a 3-2 game, but the Bears scored one more goal near the end of the second period to make it a 4-2 game.
Addi Scribner cut that lead in half with a goal in the third period, but White Bear Lake was able to hold onto the 4-3 lead and win.
The loss brings East Ridge's record down to 11-5-1 on the season as the Raptors travel to St. Paul United at the Drake Arena on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.