The Ranger hockey boys lost in overtime at Hastings before coming home to a disappointing loss to East Ridge on Saturday.
In the 3-2 loss to the Raiders, head coach Aaron Forsythe said his team played well and put forth a good effort, but just fell short.
“I was pleased with kids’ effort,” Forsythe said. “From an outside point-of-view, it was a pretty entertaining game. That being said, you need to score more than two goals to win a hockey game.”
Scoring for Forest Lake was senior Cody Rogala, who drove from the left corner to make a move past the Raider goalie for the score.
Junior Brett Gravelle scored the second goal on a rebound in the crease.
In overtime, Hastings won a face-off in Ranger territory to set up the winning score.
“There’s a cliche in hockey that it takes at least three breakdowns for a goal to happen,” Forsythe said. “That’s what happened off the face-off, they broke us down.”
The Rangers lost 4-1 to the Raptors two days later at home in what the head coach called a “poor defensive effort.”
Forest Lake struck in the first period as senior Noah Brown and junior Alex Egle connected with sophomore John Suess for a back-door goal, it wasn’t enough to hold off East Ridge.
“We need to get back to being a strong puck-moving team,” Forsythe said. “We’ve gravitated away from that and have seen more individual play. We aren’t a team that can do that.”
The Rangers, now 8-8 overall, face Cretin-Derham Hall at home tonight, Jan. 17, starting at 7:30 p.m.