East Ridge 12, Woodbury 6
There was 3:42 left in the game and Jack Mohler just helped with the assist to Isaac Edwards for an East Ridge goal. At that moment, Mohler had a good idea that the Raptors were going to win this game.
For him, this game meant everything because it was rivalry night and East Ridge earned the 12-6 win over Woodbury on Thursday night.
"It's the best," Mohler said. "There's nothing more you could ask for. It's just great to get the win."
Many of these players were on the same teams in youth programs and continue to be on the same team for club teams. This game was circled on each of the teams calendars because they understand the importance of this game.
Woodbury came out with the momentum from the win against Park and took the lead twice. It was a 1-0 lead and then a 2-1 lead.
Each team the Royals took the lead, East Ridge came back to tie the game up. Finally, the Raptors took a 4-2 lead at the half.
"We just knew we needed to come out aggressive in the second half," said East Ridge goalie Thomas Miles. "Fortunately we were able to keep that lead and get the win."
The Raptors came out and relied on their senior class to be the leaders. They did just that and it resulted in a strong second half for East Ridge and a 12-6 win.
Woodbury head coach Jason Worwa said that Miles had some big saves in the first half that kept the game close. If he didn't record those saves, Worwa said the game could've been different.
"I think we still need to learn how to play with a little bit more of composure," Worwa said. "Our guys fought until the end... and it's always a battle [against East Ridge]."
Zach Bernstein led the Royals with two goals, while four other Woodbury players recorded a goal. Ben Marburger, Mohler and Edwards all led the Raptors with three goal each to help earn the win.
Miles recorded 10 saves for East Ridge, while Garret Long ended the game with five saves for Woodbury.
"This win means a lot to our team," said East Ridge head coach Steve Van Sloun. "I think we're in a good place at this point of the season and we're ready to push even harder for the second half of the season."
East Ridge will have an entire week off before the Raptors host Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
Woodbury will host Forest Lake on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. for its next game.
Woodbury 9, Park 7
The rivalry week started for Woodbury as the Royals played Park on Tuesday and will play East Ridge on Thursday. The first goal for the Royals was to win on Tuesday and they made sure finish that goal.
It was a back-and-forth game between two rivals, but Woodbury ended up with the 9-7 win on Tuesday.
"I thought we did some really good things offensively," said Woodbury head coach Jason Worwa. "Some of our guys stepped up, which was good to see."
Those guys that stepped up included Zach Bernstein and Jonah Kopinski who each scored three goals and helped lead the Royals to a win. The biggest aspect that helped the Royals was getting the ball after each faceoff.
Nick Wortman was the main player for Woodbury at faceoffs and Worwa said he did a great job by winning almost every faceoff in the second half. It was a strong outing for him.
"I just wanted to make sure our guys were able to push the offense and keep the lead," Wortman said. "I just stayed focus on each faceoff."
Ethan Sinaberg said that he was happy with the Woodbury defense and thinks this win will be a confidence boost heading into Thursday's game at East Ridge.
He knows there's things to work on after each game, but he was proud of how the defense stepped up and made sure to hold that close lead at the end of the game.
Besides the two Royals players each earning three goals, three other Woodbury players recorded a goal in the game. On the Park end, Nolan Rinzel and Cody Maul each recorded two goals to lead the Wolfpack.
Cody Zellmer-Johnson recorded 14 saves for the Wolfpack, while Garet Long recorded two saves on Tuesday night.
"We are going to bring this momentum and confidence into our next game against East Ridge," said Gavin Olson. "It's a rivalry that we always look forward to each season."
Woodbury will travel to East Ridge on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m., while Park has a whole week off until the Wolfpack travels to Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
East Ridge 13, Forest Lake 4
It was a strong game for East Ridge to start the week as the Raptors recorded a road win on Tuesday with a 13-4 final score against Forest Lake.
Jack Mohler led the Raptors with five goals and Isaac Edwards was right behind him with four goals of his own. Thomas Miles recorded 11 saves in the game to help East Ridge earn the win.
The Raptors will host Woodbury on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. for the in-town rivalry game.