Hockey boys come back to clinch consolation title
The Forest Lake hockey boys turned their holiday tournament around after a 5-2 opening-day loss to No. 19 (Class AA) Mounds View last Wednesday. They won two in a row and earned the consolation championship in the Bronze division at the Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine.
After being down 3-0 against the Mustangs in the first period, senior Kyle Parker scored at the end of the second period off an assist from Cody Rogala, then recorded another goal to start the third off passes from Rogala and junior Alex Egle.
Senior Collin Peterson saved 24 of 29 shots, cutting down on the 11 goals scored against the Rangers during their earlier matchup against Mounds View.
The Rangers came back with a vengeance in the second round of play by shutting down Blake in an 11-1 victory.
After a 3-0 start in the first period, Forest Lake scored nearly every two minutes in the second period. Forest Lake maintained control of the ice with 38 shots on goal compared to 12 allowed.
Rogala and junior Brett Gravelle each recorded two goals and two assists, while Parker had two goals and one assist. Junior Ryan Herbert and sophomore Brandon Rogers each scored twice, with Egle contributing one goal and one assist.
Other assists came from juniors Clayton Dahly, Weston Kilpela and goalie Jesse Garcia with one each, and sophomore John Suess and senior Jack Schmidt with two apiece.
During the consolation championship on Friday, the Rangers started slow with a scoreless first period and gave up the first goal of the game to Rogers five minutes into the second period.
But Forest Lake took advantage of 24 penalty minutes incurred by Rogers, led by Suess with the game’s first and last goals off passes from sophomore Jake Peterson, Gravelle and Rogala. Rogala also scored the unassisted go-ahead goal, while Schmidt contributed another score to close the second period at 3-1.
The Rangers showed their ability to control the ice again with 38 shots on goals, while Garcia saved 25 of 26 shots in net in the 4-1 victory.
With the consolation title, Forest Lake improved its overall record to 7-5 and hit the road again tonight, Jan. 3 to face off against Woodbury at 7:30 p.m. The Royals are 5-4-2 overall, and are looking for their first Suburban East Conference win.