Roseville remains in SEC hunt

Roseville’s girls hockey team posted a perfect 3-0 record last week to stay tied for first place in the Suburban East Conference standings with Stillwater. The Raiders defeated Woodbury and Cretin-Derham Hall in conference action and knocked off Eagan in a non-conference tilt.

With the two SEC victories, Roseville (18-5 overall, 13-1 in the SEC) appears headed for a conference-championship showdown against the Ponies for a second straight year. The Raiders and Stillwater went into the final game of the 2004-05 season tied for first place and Roseville won the championship thanks to an overtime win.

Roseville and Stillwater also wrap up the regular season this year with a game Saturday at Roseville Arena. Both teams have one game to play prior to Saturday’s possible showdown. Roseville traveled to White Bear Lake on Monday night (results were not available in time for this edition of the Review) and Stillwater hosts Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday. Stillwater beat Cretin 4-0 earlier this season and Roseville topped White Bear Lake 5-3 in their first meeting

Roseville, ranked seventh in the state in last week’s Class AA poll, edged Woodbury 3-2 to open last week’s action. The Raiders then picked up a second straight one-goal victory by beating Eagan 4-3. Against Cretin, Roseville held a 4-1 lead heading to the third period and cashed in a 5-3 win.

Roseville’s lone conference loss came in a 2-1, overtime setback to Stillwater on Jan. 3. The Raiders were out of first place for only a few days because the Ponies lost their next game after beating Roseville, which has won nine consecutive since falling to Stillwater.

Stillwater, ranked second in the state, kept itself tied for first and showed off some offensive firepower in its two wins last week. The Ponies beat Mounds View and White Bear Lake by a combined score of 26-8. Stillwater’s lone conference loss came at the hands of Hastings back on Jan. 7 and the Ponies have won five straight since the defeat.

Prior to last week, Cretin-Derham Hall, ranked 12th in the state, was also still in the conference title race but needed to keep winning or get help from other teams in the SEC. Neither of those things happened for the Raiders, who cannot finish worse than tied for third place in their first year in the conference.

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