Roseville boys hockey drops home opener


Lucas Ailport The Roseville Raiders boys hockey team faced Mounds View Dec. 6 in it’s home opener at the Roseville Ice Arena, where penalties stifled the Raiders’ late comeback push. The Mustangs won 6-3.

Late penalties hurt Raiders comeback 

The Mounds View High School boys hockey team made sure Roseville didn’t have a very welcoming home opener. The Mustangs defeated the Raiders 6-3 on Dec. 6 at the Roseville Ice Arena. 

Don’t let the score distract from how closely contested the game was. Although the Mustangs scored six goals, two of them were empty net goals when Roseville pulled its goalie in exchange for an extra skater late in the third period.

 

Penalty problems

Roseville was down 3-1 heading into the third. It only took about 90 seconds for senior Louie Johnson to skate his way into the slot to help the puck find its way into the net. About two minutes later, Roseville was found applying pressure  again. That’s when senior Adam King deflected a shot from the blue line that resulted in the tying goal for the Raiders. 

The momentum had shifted to Roseville’s favor. However, a couple penalties were the main factor in Roseville’s late third period collapse. 

The game was still tied with about five minutes left when senior Max Maahs received a penalty for kneeing, an act where a player leads or extends with their knee to make contact with an opposing player.

A player from each team got into an altercation after the whistle was blown to address the penalty. That was when Roseville was tagged with an avoidable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Senior Carver Martin made his way to the penalty box for the second time in the game. That gave Mounds View a 5-on-3 advantage for two minutes.

Just less than a minute into the power play, Mounds View junior George DeMay located a loose puck off a rebound to score the eventual go-ahead goal that lifted the Mustangs 4-3 over Roseville. The Raiders were still a man down after that power play goal, but managed to kill the penalty. 

With just about a minute left in the game, Roseville took another penalty. Senior Nathan Boss was called for tripping, which was his second call of the night. Roseville pulled its goalie to bring it back to even strength, but that’s when Mustangs senior John Solfest scored on the empty net. Mounds View junior Henry Claridge scored the second empty net goal to bring the final score to 6-3. 

“A couple of the penalty calls went our way early in the game, so we knew there might be a couple against us in the third period. Either way, we have to play more disciplined than we did,” said Roseville head coach Ryan Adams. “We really put ourselves in a bad spot going down two guys late in the game.”

Back and forth

Mounds View got the scoring going in the first period when sophomore Ryan Collins scored off a rebound directed towards him while on the power play. Roseville answered back ten minutes later when the Raiders were on its first power play. Claridge won the faceoff in the Raiders offensive zone and passed it off to King, who took a quick shot that whipped right past the Mustangs goalie. 

The second period was all Mounds View as the Mustangs found its 3-1 lead with two unanswered goals. Sophomore Jacob Drews picked up a loose puck and sent it to the back of the net five minutes into the second. About two minutes later Solfest looked to pass, but faked out the Raiders goalie and just shot it in.

Mounds View scored three times on the power play and the penalty kill is something the Raiders will be revisiting in practice. 

The total shot count for both teams was closely contested. Mounds View had 33 shots to Roseville’s 32. Mustangs senior goalie Luke Neary had 29 saves, while Raiders senior keeper Kyle Roy managed 27 saves off the 31 shots he faced. The other two shots were the empty net goals when Roy wasn’t on the ice. 

Roseville moved to 1-1 on the season, while Mounds View improved to 2-3. The Mustangs and Raiders both play on Dec. 8, past the deadline for this edition of the paper. Mounds View played Stillwater and Roseville played East Ridge. 

Both teams play on Dec. 13, with Mounds View facing White Bear Lake at the Vadnais Sports Center and Roseville at home against Hopkins. The puck drops for both at 7:30 p.m. 

 

–Lucas Ailport can be reached at roseville@lillienews.com.

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