The Forest Lake boys hockey team kept fans on the edge of the their seats last week with two one-goal wins over Andover and Mounds View at home.
During Thursday’s game against the Huskies, the Rangers led 2-0 at the end of the first period off goals by senior Ryan Herbert and senior Brett Gravelle. Andover scored early in both the second and third periods to tie things up at two.
Senior Clayton Dahly gave the lead back to the Rangers with just under seven minutes remaining in the third period with a short-handed goal, but the Huskies responded with less than a minute-and-a-half left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
Gravelle scored his second goal of the matchup, unassisted, at 3:37 to give the Rangers the overtime victory. Dahly recorded one goal and one assist, while junior Jake Peterson, senior Weston Kilpela and junior Brandon Rogers each earned one assist.
Senior Jesse Garcia recorded 26 saves in net.
The next day, Forest Lake hosted Suburban East Conference opponent Mounds View.
The Rangers came out strong again in the first period, jumping to a 2-0 lead off goals by Gravelle and Kilpela. Gravelle extended the lead early in the second period by scoring off a pass from senior Alex Egle.
Mounds View got on the scoreboard for the first time five minutes later off an unassisted goal before senior Luke Resler answered with a score to extend Forest Lake’s lead to three again at 4-1.
But the Rangers’ cushion deteriorated when Mounds View’s Austin Ramirez scored late in the second period and again just four minutes into the third period to bring his squad within one goal, 4-3.
Gravelle earned his third hat trick of the season off a short-handed goal four minutes later to seal the victory. The Mustangs would score once more to bring the final score to 5-4.
Egle earned two assists in the win, while Dahly and Peterson recorded an assist apiece.
Forest Lake outshot the Mustangs, 34-23, with Garcia earning 19 saves.
Gravelle remains in the top five in the state in goals scored this season with 20. Kobe Roth of Warroad currently claims the most goals with 24.
Forest Lake is fourth in Suburban East Conference standings with a record of 3-1-3, winning over Woodbury, East Ridge and Mounds View. The Rangers (7-3-3) next face Park at 7:30 p.m. at home Thursday Jan. 9.