Ranger hockey girls stump Royals

Following a disappointing 2-1 loss in overtime to Park on the road last Tuesday, the Forest Lake girls hockey team returned home on Saturday to host Woodbury, earning a 4-2 win over the Royals.
On Saturday, sophomore Kaitlyn Van Tassel put the Rangers on the board 10 minutes into the first period with a score off passes from ninth-grader Madi Nolan and senior Alexa Bremer.

Van Tassel extended the lead with another goal five minutes into the second period with assists again by Bremer and Nolan. The Royals responded with less than a minute to go in the second period by scoring a short-handed goal to come within one goal.

Nolan eliminated a Royal comeback by scoring just over a minute into the third period on a breakaway. The forward hooked the puck up and around Woodbury’s goalie on the left side to put the Rangers up 3-1. Van Tassel earned the assist.

Though Woodbury scored five minutes later, eighth-grader Kayla Kasel gave the Rangers another two-goal cushion off an unassisted breakaway score.

Sophomore Kaylee Remington had 20 saves for the win.

It was a physical matchup, as Forest Lake committed nine infractions on the day. Woodbury had six. The host team outshot the visitors with 38 shots on goal compared to the Royals’ 22.

In the overtime loss to the Wolfpack, Nolan scored the lone goal off assists from Bremer and Van Tassel. Park scored the winning goal just one minute into the extra period.

The Rangers put up 38 shots on goal, while Remington recorded 34 saves.

Forest Lake is now 5-5-1 overall and 4-5 in the Suburban East Conference, where they sit in seventh place. Mounds View leads the SEC with a conference record of 7-1-1, Cretin-Derham Hall follows at 7-2.