Woodbury's Kim Taplin was tap tap tapping at the Oriole net Wednesday night, scoring two goals to lead the Royals to a 2-0 shut out of St. Louis Park at The Rec Center.
In the first period, Shannon Motzko's shot almost entered the net but it clanked off the goal pipe. The Royals would eventually score when Michelle MacAlpine went along the right boards, passed to Taplin in the center slot and she scored her first goal.
Taplin would wrap up the scoring in the second period while Michelle MacAlpine was serving an interference penalty. She picked up a blocked shot and drove down the ice like the team bus heading down I-494 and scored a short-handed goal.
Both teams had 11 shots on goal in the third period but none of them would increase the score. St. Louis Park head coach Donnie Williams pulled goalie Peyton Stafne after taking a time out with :59 left and added a sixth attacker. But they could put the puck past Woodbury goalie Kaelen Geisser and she recorded her first shut out of the season.
The Royals snap a five game losing streak and increase their record to 5-7. They will head to White Bear Lake on Saturday, December 14 for a 3 PM battle with the Bears. The Orioles fell to 0-7-1 and will head up Highway 65 to the East Bethel Ice Arena on Thursday, December 12 to face the St. Francis/North Branch Fighting Saints.