Goalie Nathaniel Johnston saved 25 of 31 shots on goal.
Photo by Brianna Burnham
Rogers yielded three first-period goals Tuesday as it lost 6-2 to Hopkins at the Rogers Activity Center.
Cal Levis and Dylan Timm scored for the Royals (1-7, 0-2 Mississippi 8), who lost their fifth straight game. Goalie Nathaniel Johnston saved 25 of 31 shots on goal.
“They capitalized on their chances,” Rogers coach Todd Weisjahn said of Hopkins. “… We just gave them too many odd-man rushes, and they buried them.”
The Royals yielded multiple odd-man rushes in the first six minutes of the game, Weisjahn said. Hopkins scored once 4:23 into the period and added goals at 10:19 and 16:58 in the period.
Rogers cut the score to 3-1 with Levis’ goal 3:11 into the second, assisted by Kayin Beecham and Nathaniel Miller. Weisjahn said the Royals controlled the play for the first six minutes of the second.
Hopkins increased its lead to 5-1 with goals 20 seconds apart around the seven-minute mark of the period. Weisjahn attributed the goals to his players taking “a couple of shifts off.”
“We took three shifts off, and they got two goals,” he said.
Weisjahn said he knew the first third of his team’s season would be tough. The Royals graduated about 10 seniors from last year’s 13-12-1 squad and are fielding a team with many first-year varsity players