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.
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.
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