Eagan 6, East Ridge 3
It was a tale of two halves to start the Saturday night game between Eagan and East Ridge at the HealthEast Sports Center.
The first period was all Eagan as the Wildcats scored two goals to take a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. Then, East Ridge took control as the Raptors scored three goals with the help of Fiona Claugherty, Mackenzie Werner and Lauren Beaubien who each scored a goal.
It was a 3-3 tie heading into the third period and Eagan went on a hot streak as the Wildcats scored three goals to give themselves the 6-3 win on Saturday night.
Anne Larsen, Addi Scribner, Allyson Barry and Sidney Zavoral each earned an assist in the game.
The Raptors will have two games next week as they travel to Forest Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., but return home on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. as they play Stillwater.
Woodbury 2, North St. Paul/Tartan 2
Woodbury and North St. Paul/Tartan started Friday night off quickly as the Royals scored two goals in the first period to make it a 2-1 game heading into the second period.
Hayley Zwakman and Erika Roepke were the two Woodbury players to score a goal. North St. Paul/Tartan was able to score another goal in the second period to tie the game at 2-2.
The two teams weren't able to score in the third period or in overtime, which ended the game in a 2-2 tie.
Lexie Decker, Nicole Stickels, Amelia Karelitz and Elizabeth Lange each earned an assist on Friday night.
The Royals have a busy week coming up as Woodbury plays three games. The first game is on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. as Woodbury hosts Roseville.
The second game is at home against Eveleth-Gilbert at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. The third and final game is at White Bear Lake at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.
East Ridge 5, White Bear Lake 1
The Raptors traveled to White Bear Lake on Thursday and after a scoreless first period, East Ridge took control. The Raptors scored two goals in the second period and three goals in the third to win 5-1 over the Bears.
It was a big night for Fiona Claugherty and Katie Flynn in the scoring department. Claugherty scored the first three goals for the Raptors as she recorded a hat trick on Thursday night.
Flynn finished the night off with two goals in the third period. Flynn also recorded three assists to give her five points against the Bears.
Sidney Zavoral recorded two assists, while Mackenzie Werner and Claugherty each earned an assist as well. Emerald Kelley saved 21 shots on 22 attempts to give her a 95.5 save percentage on Thursday night.
East Ridge is now 4-1 to start the season and will hope to carry that momentum into Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. as the Raptors host Eagan.
East Ridge 4, Woodbury 3 (OT)
When Katherine Flynn started getting ready for the face off to start overtime, she had one thought in her head.
"I don't want to clean the bathrooms."
That thought carried on as the puck was dropped and the eight-minute overtime started. East Ridge controlled the puck right away and went into their offensive schemes.
The puck was passed to Addi Scribner who decided to take a shot at the goal, but Woodbury's goalie Allison Beix blocked it off her pads. The puck fell to the ice and the Raptors tried to tip it back into the goal, but the puck deflected off of Beix's stick and it landed right in front of Flynn.
Flynn saw the wide open net in front of her and flipped the puck into the back of the net for the overtime goal and the 4-3 win for East Ridge over in-town rival Woodbury.
"The first thought that came across my mind was thank God," Flynn said. "It was a hard fought game between both teams, but I'm happy we were able to get the win."
The Raptors were able to earn the Golden Plunger trophy, which goes to the winning team of this rivalry as the losing team has the job of cleaning the bathrooms until the next time the two face off again.
The first two periods of the game on Tuesday night was completely different from one another. The first period had one goal, which came from East Ridge's Fiona Claugherty to make it a 1-0 lead for the Raptors heading into the second period.
The second period consisted of scoring almost every two minutes. The first goal came about four and a half minutes into the period as Makenzie Fetch gave East Ridge a 2-0 lead.
Then, about six minutes in, Annika Johnson scored a goal to make it a 2-1 Raptors lead. About eight minutes in, Sidney Zavoral scored to give East Ridge a small 3-1 cushion.
Finally, about 11 minutes in, Amelia Karelitz found the back of the net to make it a 3-2 East Ridge lead heading into the final period. Woodbury scored the only goal in the third period coming from the stick of Lexie Decker to tie the game at 3-3 and head into overtime.
It took the Raptors a total of 31 seconds to score the overtime goal and finish the game with a win.
"We realized just how good we can be tonight," Johnson said. "Even though we ended tonight with a loss, we played our best hockey this season and hopefully that carries throughout the season."
East Ridge head coach Kim McClintick and Woodbury head coach Chris Lepper both agreed that they weren't expecting anything less from this rivalry. Both teams learned a lot from this game that they hope to carry into practice and future games.
For East Ridge, they knew how to battle until the final horn and continue being that gritty team that McClintick described at the beginning of the season.
"This was a good win for us and I'm proud of the girls for how they fought until the very end," McClintick said. "I think we are just getting better and better with each game, but we do have some things to focus on with two more games left this week."
For Woodbury, Lepper was happy with how the girls are learning new positions and adapting to different techniques throughout a game.
The Royals are a young team and they've been switching people into different positions to see how they can grow from each game. Lepper was happy with how the girls played against Cretin-Derham Hall last Saturday and it carried into the East Ridge game on Tuesday.
"It's been fun to see these girls continue to progress with each and every game," Lepper said. "Hopefully that growth can continue into these next few games especially against Tartan this Friday as it's a section game."
East Ridge has two more games this week as the Raptors travel to White Bear Lake at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. They return home on Saturday, Dec. 1 as they host Eagan at 7:30 p.m.
Woodbury has one more game this week and that's against section team North St. Paul/Tartan. That game will take place at Tartan Arena at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.