Mounds View 5, East Ridge 3
After winning their first two games of the season, the East Ridge Raptors were looking to keep that undefeated record alive on Tuesday night against Mounds View.
The scoring started early when Mounds View scored the first goal in under a minute of the game. The two schools combined for eight total goals, but Mounds View finished the game with a 5-3 final score.
"It wasn't our best game, but I hope these girls were able to learn a lot tonight," said head coach Kim McClintick.
The Raptors faced a 2-0 deficit in the first period, but before the period ended Addi Scribner was able to put the puck in the net to trim the lead for Mounds View.
With a 2-1 game heading into the second period, Mackenzie Werner kept her eyes on the puck after it bounced off the Mounds View goalie and she put it back in for a goal.
This tied the game up at 2-2, but it didn't take long for Mounds View to score not one, but two goals before the end of the period. It was a 4-2 game in favor of Mounds View heading into the third period.
"I really liked the fact that we never gave up as a team," McClintick said. "We kept fighting until the very end and that's all you can ask for as a coach."
Within the first couple minutes of the third, Mounds View scores once again to make it a 5-2 game. East Ridge wasn't done scoring though as Sidney Zavoral took a slap shot from the blue line and put it in the net.
That goal made it a 5-3 game and that's the way it ended on Tuesday night. The loss allowed McClintick to see some aspects of the Raptors that needs improvement as well as other aspects that she really enjoyed.
The one thing she liked the most from Tuesday night was the scoring coming from a handful of players. Last Saturday, the scoring came from Scribner as she completed the day with a hat trick, three goals.
McClintick knows that Scribner will be a goal scorer for this team and she's happy to have her on the Raptors, but it put a smile on McClintick's face after seeing Zavoral slap one late in the third period.
"The more scorers we have, the better," McClintick said. "It's always better to have more goal scorers because the puck can be passed to more people on the ice."
The one thing that needs improvement for next game is the amount of penalty and how to defend penalty plays. Mounds View was able to score on two of the four penalty play opportunities. Those two goals gave the Mustangs the lead and the win, so that was going to be the focus for McClintick before next game.
The next game for the Raptors will be against in-town rival Woodbury. East Ridge will be the home team as the two square off on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the HealthEast Sports Complex. The winner will also earn the Golden Plunger, which has become the trophy for this rivalry.
"Obviously, Woodbury is a big rival so we're going to have to work hard at practice and get ready for this big game," McClintick said. "It'll be a fun night on Tuesday and I'm looking forward to it."
Stillwater 7, Woodbury 2
The Ponies took a lead and never looked back on Tuesday night as Stillwater earned the 7-2 victory over Woodbury Area.
Stillwater finished the first period with a 2-0 lead, but the Royals came firing back in the second period with two goals of their own. The two goals came from the same person as Hayley Zwackman knocked in the only goals for Woodbury that night.
Stillwater showed its dominance in all three periods as the Ponies scored three goals in the second and two goals in the third to win 7-2.
The Royals will have a week to prepare themselves for their biggest rival in the state. Woodbury will take on East Ridge on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the HealthEast Sports Complex. The Royals will be the road team for this game and the winner will earn the Golden Plunger, a trophy made up for this particular game.