East Ridge 13, Simley 9
Every team wants to end the regular season with a win to create some momentum heading into the section tournament. But East Ridge head coach Steve Van Sloun knew it was going to be tough.
"It's never easy to play three games in three days against strong opponents," Van Sloun said. "It was great to see this team work together and win all three games. I hope it gives us some confidence heading into sections."
The Raptors finished out a couple of strong games on Monday and Tuesday with wins against St. Thomas Academy and Roseville. They knew they weren't done, though, and Simley was waiting for a battle.
East Ridge got out to an early lead with the help of Jack Mohler who scored three of the four goals in the first quarter. Ben Marburger scored the other goal in the first.
The Raptors took a 7-5 lead at the half as Mohler, Tyler Johnson and Isaac Edwards each scored a goal in the second quarter. The team knew that lead needed to grow in the second half for the Raptors to have a chance against Simley on Wednesday.
"We just have to play a complete game," Mohler said. "We sometimes play to the level of our opponent and we can't do that. We need to play our game each night."
The Raptors came out firing in the third quarter as Dillon Peterson scored two straight goals to make it a 9-5 game. Simley came back with a couple goals of its own, while Johnson ended the third with a goal for East Ridge.
Edwards and Peter Young started the scoring in the fourth quarter to stretch their lead to 12-7 and make it a little more comfortable for the Raptors. Marburger ended the game with a goal and East Ridge had won its third game of the week with a 13-9 final score.
"It's great to get all three wins this week heading into sections next week," Edwards said. "We just had to take it one game at a time and it helped us focus on the opponent in front of us."
Mohler and Edwards agreed that the one game mentality needs to stay for the section tournament because they understand how tough their section will be in hopes of reaching state.
The Raptors will have to face teams like Eagan and St. Thomas Academy again, but Van Sloun is confident this team is ready for the challenges ahead.
The seeds will come out for the section tournament this weekend and the section tournament will start next week for the Raptors.
East Ridge 9, Roseville 8
It was two opposite halves for East Ridge and Roseville, but the Raptors were able to hold on for a 9-8 win on Tuesday.
East Ridge scored early and often in the first half. Zach Beaubien scored two goals, while Dillon Peterson scored one more goal in the first quarter to give the Raptors a 3-1 lead.
In the second quarter, East Ridge continued the hot streak with a goal from Tyler Johnson, Peteron, Noah Markus and Isaac Edwards to give the Raptors a 7-2 lead heading into the half.
Then, Roseville went on a roll to start the second half. Markus scored one more goal early in the third quarter and then Roseville scored three times to end the quarter. Roseville scored three more times in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 8-8.
Edwards came up and took the lead for East Ridge as he scored with three and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Thomas Miles saved nine of the 17 shots on goal on Tuesday night.
Mounds View 11, Woodbury 4
Woodbury went on the road on Tuesday, but couldn't pick up the win as Mounds View earned the 11-4 victory.
Jonah Kopinski led the Royals with two goals, while Jack Velte and Alex Dunleavy each earned a goal. Garet Long had eight saves on 19 shots.
The game on Tuesday concluded the regular season for Woodbury as the Royals wait for the seed meeting and prepare for the section tournament next week.
East Ridge 9, St. Thomas Academy 5
It was a waiting process, but East Ridge and St. Thomas Academy were finally able to play a game in dry conditions. The two teams had to move their game from Saturday to Monday because of the rain, but that didn't affect the Raptors as they won 9-5.
St. Thomas Academy took an early 1-0 lead in the first quarter before Jack Mohler found the net to start the second quarter. Then, St. Thomas Academy scored two more goals to take a 3-1 lead.
Isaac Edwards and Dillon Peterson each scored and East Ridge faced a 4-3 deficit at the half. Once the third quarter came, it was all East Ridge.
The Raptors scored three straight times to capture a 6-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Those three goals came from Ben Marburger and twice from Mohler.
St. Thomas Academy tried to comeback in the fourth quarter, but East Ridge scored three more goals to earn the 9-5 win. Edwards scored two more goals in the fourth, while Tyler Johnson also found the net.
Thomas Miles had a dominating night at the goalie position as he saved 21 of 26 shots.