Forest Lake's Allyn Goehner watches the play in the corner against East Ridge. Goehner had 18 saves in the Rangers' 3-1 victory over the Raptors. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Junior Carly Neihart scored Forest Lake's first goal against East Ridge Tuesday night. The Rangers defeated the Raptors 3-1 in Woodbury. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Forest Lake knew it had some motivation heading into this season after falling one win short of the state tournament last February.
Many of the team's returning players figured they were equipped with the talent required to compete in Class 2A, Section 7 once again.
But only losing once? Few probably expected that kind of run midway through January.
Tuesday's 3-1 win against East Ridge helped the Rangers (20-1-0, 13-0-0) extend their winning streak to 10 games and further their lead in the Suburban East Conference over the second-place Raptors.
As the regular season winds down, the Rangers, ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, seem as confident as ever.
"Our chemistry is really tight right now," said Rangers senior Carly Neihart, who scored a first-period goal Tuesday. "It's a good group of girls."
East Ridge senior Anne Larsen battles for position in front of the Forest Lake net. Despite a goal from Larsen, the Raptors fell to the Rangers 3-1 in Woodbury. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Forest Lake's dominance in the Suburban East Conference continued in Woodbury Tuesday.
The Rangers, ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A coaches' poll, broke a 1-1 tie with East Ridge in the third period after Samantha Boerboom deflected teammate Elizabeth Valley's shot into the back of the Raptors' goal four minutes into the third period. Forest Lake hung on from there, adding an empty-net goal by Ashley Mills in a 3-1 victory.
Neither team scored in the first period, but Forest Lake's Carly Neihart and East Ridge's Anne Larsen each scored within two minutes of each other in the second.
Goaltender Allyn Goehner made 18 saves to earn the win for the Rangers.
With the win, Forest Lake (20-1-0, 13-0-0) expanded its first-place lead in the Suburban East standings by 10 points over the Raptors (12-7-1, 8-4-0), who remain in second place.
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