Royals win over Bluejackets and Tigers
By Jared Hines
After a three game losing streak to start off 2018, the Rogers boys hockey team picked up two key conference wins on Jan. 11 and Jan. 16.
On Jan. 11, Cambridge-Isanti made the trip to Rogers Activity Center for a matchup against the Royals.
The Royals dominated the entire game, scoring three goals in the first three minutes of the second period to open up a huge lead on the Bluejackets. By the end of the period, the Royals were up 5-1 with Justin Grudem adding an insurance goal late in the third period for the 6-1 victory. Royals goals were scored by Trey Frederickson (twice), Dylan Timm, Logan Bolster and Cal Levis. Frederickson also had two assists in the win.
Five days later, the Royals welcomed the Princeton Tigers to town in the second of five straight Mississippi 8 conference games for Rogers. Again, the Royals got out to an early lead with Luke Nelson scoring two goals in the game’s first ten minutes. Timm assisted on both goals with Ryan Streeter adding an assists on the second goal as well.
The Tigers tied it up in the second period with goals by Ryan Smith and Matthew Swanson but the third period was all Royals. Grudem scored a goal 51 seconds into the period and Nelson scored his third goal of the night 12:26 into the period. Timm added an insurance goal with less than two minute left to secure the 5-3 victory. Patric Loeffler had 30 saves in the win.
The Royals are 5-12 on the season and 2-4 in conference play. Rogers welcomes the Bison to Rogers Activity Center on Jan. 18 before traveling to Chisago Lakes on Jan. 20.
Points leaders (thru Jan. 16):
Trey Frederickson: 4 goals, 5 assists
Jake Jenson: 3 goals, 6 assists
Justin Grudem: 6 goals, 2 assists
Dylan Timm: 4 goals, 4 assists.