Royals girls hockey season comes to a close

Mason Arneson, Staff Reporter

The HHS girls hockey season came to a disappointing end this past Saturday.

The joint HHS/Saint Louis Park girls hockey team endured a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in their sectional quarterfinal game against Cretin-Derham Hall.

During the regular season, the squad posted a record of 12 wins and 13 losses, which was enough to secure the five seed in the Class 2A, Section 6 playoffs.

The Royals started off strong enough with a pair of goals from forwards Kylie Hanley, senior, and Mary Gleason, junior, midway through the first period.

But in the ensuing two periods, the Raiders chipped away at the lead with two goals late in the second and early in the third to knot the game up at 2-2. Another Cretin goal in the third sealed the Royals’ fate.

For the seniors, their final game were saddened in their final game in a Royals sweater.

“It was definitely bittersweet. I will miss the team and the girls I grew up playing with,” Hanley said.

While the underclassmen were equally as devastated, they looked into the next season with new expectations.

“I think the goal is definitely to be successful in conference play and make it past our first section game,” said Mary O’Neil, junior.

Despite the season not ending on the best of terms, this squad hopes to return next year and attempt to make more progress.