Park’s Maggie Jensen celebrates after scoring the winning goal against rival East Ridge. Photo by John Molene
Girls hockey team beats East Ridge in thriller

Hockey doesn’t get much more dramatic than this.

Park sophomore Maggie Jensen banged in the game-winner with 49.8 seconds remaining to life the Wolfpack to a raucous 3-2 girls hockey victory over archrival East Ridge Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Cottage Grove Ice Arena.

The Wolfpack then skated out the final seconds before erupting in celebration.

Taylar Nadler and Molly Villas earned assists on the game-winning goal.

“It was really exciting,” Jensen said of her game-winning goal. “We were really working for it the whole game so once we finally got it was one big celebration.

“We usually wait around the net a lot of the time then the puck just popped out and boom, right in the net,” Jensen explained.

Park sophomore Tori Stepka did heroic work in goal, stopping a whopping 35 of the 37 shots she faced.

“Very intense game,” said Stepka. “It feels pretty good. I think it definitely helped that they are our rivals. We came out really strong and we had a lot of good energy, positive energy coming into this game. I think the momentum really helped, too.”

East Ridge and Park went back and forth in scoring through the first two periods. The Raptors took 1-0 and 2-1 leads only to see the Wolfpack battle back and knot the game each time.

Alyssa Hill scored on an even strength goal at 9:21 in the second period to tie the game at 1-all. Then, after East Ridge went up 2-1 in the second period, Villas scored to make it 2-all. Nadler and Jensen earned assists on the second goal.

Park lost a 5-1 decision to Cretin-Derham Hall at Highland Ice Arena Saturday.

Sam Miller scored Park’s sole goal at the start of the third period.

Park (1-3 in the Suburban East, 3-4 overall) skates at Hudson Thursday, then meets Irondale/St. Anthony Saturday at the National Sports Center.

Park’s Sam Miller looks for an opening in the East Ridge defense in the third period of Park’s 3-2 win Tuesday. Photo by John Molene

December 8, 2021