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Woodbury holds off rival East Ridge in Suburban East Conference duel

By Josh Dungan, SportsEngine, 01/04/20, 10:00AM CST

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The Royals hadn't beaten the Raptors since the 2011-12 season, despite playing each other in two league games every season.

Woodbury's Amelia Karelitz with a shot from the point that ended up in the back of the net to open up the scoring Saturday against East Ridge.  Karelitz's Royals beat the Raptors 2-1. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Woodbury's Amelia Karelitz with a shot from the point that ended up in the back of the net to open up the scoring Saturday against East Ridge. Karelitz's Royals beat the Raptors 2-1. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

East Ridge had given no quarter to intracity rival Woodbury for the better part of a decade, as the Royals hadn’t beaten the Raptors since the final game of the 2011-12 regular season.

That streak ended Saturday, when Woodbury defeated East Ridge 2-1 at HealthEast Sports Center’s West Rink in Woodbury.

“East Ridge is always a tough game and big rivalry for us,” said Woodbury coach Tony Scheid. “When you are off for 14 days, you wonder if you will come out flat and it takes a game for you to get back into it. But right from the get-go, the girls were firing on all cylinders.”

After nearly a decade of losing to their Suburban East Conference rivals, and just four days into the 2020s, the Royals (8-6-2, 5-4-1) finally found the winning touch in front of an evenly split crowd.

“It feels really good,” said Royals senior forward Elizabeth Lange. “We came together, had fun, and it was a celebration of how far we’ve come, even since the last time we played [East Ridge].”

The teams last played each other on Nov. 19, a tilt that resulted in a 3-1 Raptors’ victory.

Royals goalie Anna Julius searches for a loose puck during play against East Ridge on Jan 4. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportEngine

Royals goalie Anna Julius searches for a loose puck during play against East Ridge on Jan 4. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportEngine

First Report

Woodbury defeated Suburban East Conference terror East Ridge 2-1 at HealthEast Sports Center’s West Rink in Woodbury on Saturday, giving the Royals the Golden Plunger trophy and their first victory over the Raptors since the final regular-season game of the 2011-12 season.

Both of Woodbury’s goals came in the second period. Senior defender Amelia Karelitz beat East Ridge senior goalie Emerald Kelley, who finished with 29 saves, with a shot from the point for the first goal. Isabel Lippai, a senior defender, made a great pass to junior forward Hayley Zwakman, who hit the inside of the far post and got a favorable ricochet with seconds remaining in the period to give the Royals (8-6-2, 5-4-1) their second tally.

East Ridge (7-8-0, 6-4-0) got a power-play goal from senior forward Fiona Claugherty, her team-leading 26th goal of the season, with 3:35 remaining in the third period, but even the post-goal surge wasn’t quite enough for the Raptors to keep their winning streak going against their intracity rivals.

Royals senior goalie Anna Julius made 29 saves.

East Ridge's Fiona Claugherty (8) had the Raptors' loan goal in a 2-1 loss to Woodbury on Jan 4. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

East Ridge's Fiona Claugherty (8) had the Raptors' loan goal in a 2-1 loss to Woodbury on Jan 4. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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