Ponies, Raiders too much for FL

Girls’ hockey team falls twice

Back-to-back games against two ranked teams turned out to be a tall order for the Ranger girls’ hockey team last week. Thirteenth-ranked Stillwater and No. 5 Roseville each found the net often in wins over Forest Lake, which fell to 4-14-3 on the season.

The Ponies scored five times in the first period alone and rolled 9-0 in Forest Lake last Tuesday.

“That was one to forget,” said coach Ryan Sauter. “Every once in awhile, you just don’t show up.”

The girls showed more heart four nights later at Roseville. They fell 6-2, but were down just two goals well into the final period.

The Raiders led 1-0 after the first period, and appeared well on their way to a rout after notching three straight goals in the second period. Alex White notched a goal at the end of a powerplay with 31 seconds left in the period to cut the deficit to three.

Sadie Nelson scored on a powerplay 7:32 into the final period to make a game of it.

Future Gopher Lee Stecklein had two goals and an assist for Roseville.

“They had too much speed and that kind of caught up to us,” Sauter said. “As far as our players go, I thought they grew in the ability to battle individually and collectively.”

Abbi White had 40 saves against Roseville and 39 against Stillwater.

Forest Lake hosted East Ridge this Tuesday and plays at Woodbury on Saturday. The regular season wraps up with two games next week: home against Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday and at Mounds View on Saturday.