Over the weekend, the three Woodbury and Cottage Grove schools took on the first round of its section tournaments. On Thursday night, the East Ridge and Park boys hockey teams had their seasons come to an end.
On Saturday, the Woodbury boys hockey team upset the No. 4 seed Irondale-St. Anthony to continue its season into this upcoming week.
The Royals were given the No. 5 seed in the 4AA section tournament and took on No. 4 seed Irondale-St. Anthony in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
In the first period of Saturday's game, it looked like Irondale was going to control the game and have all the momentum. But, Woodbury came firing back in the second period.
Irondale-St. Anthony took a 2-0 lead heading into the second period, but Woodbury scored four straight goals in the second period to take a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.
In the second period, Quinn Krueger started the scoring a minute into the period with Ayden Hooley scoring five minutes after him. Then, Ben Tschida scored another goal for the Royals about two and a half minutes after Hooley and Zach Bernstein finished the period with the fourth and final goal.
Woodbury took that second period momentum and translated it into the third period with Tschida scoring his second goal of the game and Zach Lanz scoring another goal for the Royals.
Irondale scored a goal to make it a 6-3 game, but Woodbury scored three more goals in the third period to win 9-3. Lanz scored his second goal of the game, while Jac Triemert and Ben Tarlton each scored their first goals of the game to close out the final period.
It was a big win for Woodbury to continue its season. It was also the second highest goal scoring for the Royals this season with the highest coming against North St. Paul on Dec. 8 with 12 total goals.
Woodbury hopes to bring this offensive production to the section semifinals game as the Royals take on No. 1 seed White Bear Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.
Woodbury has faced off against White Bear Lake twice this regular season and has lost by one goal each time. On Jan. 12, the Bears won 5-4 in overtime. On Feb. 14, the Royals lost 1-0 in a defensive battle to White Bear Lake.
If the Royals win on Tuesday night, they will play in the section finals on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at the Aldrich Arena.
East Ridge and Park
After defeating Apple Valley on Tuesday last week, the East Ridge boys hockey team played No. 1 seed St. Thomas Academy on Thursday night in the 3AA section quarterfinals. On the other side of the bracket, the Park boys hockey team earned the No. 7 seed in the 3AA section tournament and played No. 2 seed Rosemount on Thursday night.
It was hard losses for both the Raptors and Wolfpack, but both ended their seasons with plenty of growth and confidence heading into next season.
Park started Thursday's game with a deficit as Rosemount took a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. That lead grew to 3-0 before the Wolfpack scored its first goal of the night with Anthony Brings finding the back of the net.
The Irish came back with two more goals to make it a 5-1 lead for Rosemount heading into the third and final period.
Matthew Thompson came out and scored two minutes into the final period to make it a 5-2 game, but Rosemount ended the game with three straight goals and an 8-2 victory.
The game ended the Wolfpack's season as seven Park players had their high school careers come to an end. Those seniors include: Wyatt Corrigan, Anthony Brings, Jack Koehnen, Bailey Hein, Mason Porter, Ryan Lucas and Michael Gille.
Brings was a co-leader this season with Carter Newpower for most points on the team with 24 points. Brings led the team with 15 goals while adding nine assists.
Porter was also atop the leaderboard with 10 goals and 12 assists with 22 points, while Lucas was right next to him with four goals and 18 assists with 22 points.
Hein ended the season with 13 points, including three goals and 10 assists.
Even though these seniors will be in college for next season, the Wolfpack has a strong junior class coming up and continuing the success of Park boys hockey.
This junior class includes players like Newpower who was the co-leader for points this regular season. It also has Matthew Thompson who was a big scorer for the team as he finished the regular season with 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points.
Head coach Jay Moser will have plenty of leadership and experience from this junior class next season to continue building the hockey program.
The Wolfpack finished the season with a 10-14-1 season and ended up in sixth place in the Suburban East Conference.
East Ridge had their season come to an end on Thursday night with a 5-1 loss to St. Thomas Academy.
The game started with a scoreless first period and a defensive battle between the two teams. Then, that scoreless game continued throughout the majority of the second period.
Towards the end of the second, St. Thomas Academy caught a scoring streak to give it momentum heading into the third and final period. St. Thomas Academy scored three goals in the last two and a half minutes to take a 3-0 lead.
East Ridge came out in the third period and scored a goal quick from Carter Seidl to make it a 3-1 game. St. Thomas Academy created a wider gap as it scored two more goals in the third period to take a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
The game ended the Raptors' season as well as 11 seniors' high school careers. Those seniors included: Carter Seidl, Caden Pratt, Ben Anderson, Nick Basten, Tanner Stafne, Drew Jakubik, Ethan Gerst, Ben Marburger, Brady Andrus, Tomy Ogren and Zach Beaubien.
These seniors were strong leaders that helped this East Ridge team finish the season with a 10-14-1 record.
Seidl ended the season with 16 points with eight goals and eight assists. Stafne also finished the regular season with 16 points as he had nine goals and seven assists.
Pratt also had a strong season with 14 points including seven goals and seven assists. Tomy Ogren played the most minutes as goalie for the Raptors this season as he finished the season saving 419 shots out of 476 shots on goal, creating an 88 save percentage.
Even though these seniors will have graduated for next season, head coach Dustin Vogelgesang will have a strong junior class coming up and leading the team.
Vogelgesang had three juniors that led the team in points this current regular season. Marco Troje led the Raptors with 24 points including 10 goals and 14 assists, while Jack Brown was right behind him with 20 points including eight goals and 12 assists.
Tanner Johnson was the third-leading point scorer this season with 19 points including five goals and 14 assists.
The Raptors ended this season with a 10-14-1 regular season record and a 6-9-1 Suburban East Conference record, which placed them fifth in the conference.
Both of the these teams will start preparing for a 2019-20 season starting with a strong offseason and a strong junior class for both teams with leadership and plenty of experience heading into next year's boys hockey season.