Defense the key for Raiders girls hockey in post-season

Allyson Reilly
Allyson Reilly
Madison Gaffney
Madison Gaffney

Through 24 games this season, the Roseville Area High School girls hockey team has scored more than three goals in only one third of those games. Head coach Vic Brodt said at the beginning of the season that the Raiders wouldn't be an offensive juggernaut and he was right.

Brodt also knows that if his team is to have any success in the postseason, the defense and goaltending need to be stellar. 

"We can't give up goals in bunches like we did tonight," Brodt said following his team's 3-1 loss to White Bear Lake on Jan. 26. 

White Bear Lake jumped on Roseville early and scored all three of its goals in the first period. Roseville held the Bears scoreless in the second and third period but the damage had already been done.

Roseville followed up the White Bear loss with a 5-2 setback against third-ranked Edina on Jan. 28. The Raiders kept pace with the Hornets through two periods but couldn't hold up in the third. Edina scored three unanswered goals to break a 2-2 tie.

Edina opened the scoring six minutes into the game but Roseville responded six minutes later on a goal by Allyson Reilly, who was assisted by Madison Gaffney.

The Raiders claimed their only lead of the game 4:40 into the second period as Michaela Arnold knocked one in off of assists by Ciara Colvard and Alana Wall. It looked as though Roseville would lead entering the third period but Edina tallied the equalizer with only two seconds left in the second period.

The Raiders closed out the regular season on Jan. 30 with a home game against East Ridge. That game took place past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

The seed meeting for the Section 4AA tournament also took place past this issue's deadline although Brodt said he was pretty confident of how the coaches' voting would turn out.

Hill-Murray, the top-ranked team in the state all season, will be the No. 1 seed, followed, most likely, by White Bear Lake, Mounds View, Roseville, North/Tartan, Irondale and Woodbury. If that indeed is the order, Roseville would face Stillwater in the first round on Friday at home.

Roseville swept the Ponies (7-15-2) in their regular season games although both games were close. The Raiders won 4-3 at home on Dec. 9 and 3-1 on the road on Jan. 19.

Stillwater has won just twice since Christmas and entered its final game of the season on Saturday in the midst of a four-game losing streak.

The Section 4AA playoffs begin Friday with two quarterfinals at Roseville Arena and continue Saturday with the other two quarterfinals at the St. Croix Valley Rec Center. The section semifinals are Feb. 9 at Aldrich Arena and the section title will be decided Feb. 11 at Roseville Arena.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


Suburban East Conference girls hockey standings (Through Jan. 28)

  Conf. Overall Points
Cretin-Derham Hall 13-1-1 18-5 27
Forest Lake 10-2-2 15-6-3 22
White Bear Lake 10-4-1 16-6-2 21
Mounds View 8-5-2 13-7-4 18
Roseville 8-7 11-13 16
East Ridge 6-7-2 13-9-2 14
Stillwater 6-7-2 7-15-2 14
Park-Cottage Grove 1-14 6-17-1 2
Woodbury 0-15 3-21 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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