Boys Varsity Coach
Everything was going the Royals’ way early in the team’s 4-1 loss to the Moorhead Spuds on Jan. 27 at Moorhead Sports Center.
Five minutes into the game, Ryan Streeter set up Trey Frederickson for his sixth goal of the season, putting the Royals up 1-0 against their section 8AA opponent. The lead didn’t last long though, as Kyler Kleven tied the game up late in the first period.
Periods two and three went in favor of the Spuds as the home team added one goal in the second period to take the lead and two more in the third for insurance. Nathaniel Johnston made 51 saves in the game, but the Royals couldn’t produce anymore offense than the lone goal, dropping to 6-15 on the season. The Royals’ next game is on Feb. 3 at Cambridge-Isanti (4-16).
After two straight wins against Cambridge-Isanti and Princeton, the Royals were ready for the Buffalo Bison when they arrived at Rogers Activity Center on Jan. 18.
One of the Royals’ biggest rivals, the Bison always plays tough against an aggressive Royals team. This time, Rogers was just too strong for the Bison, winning 5-3.
The game started with an Aaron Schmidt goal just 2:33 into the game. While the Royals took the early lead, the Bison got the last laugh in period No. 1 with Joe McNamara and Tyler Marr putting Buffalo on the board. The Bison took the 2-1 lead heading into intermission.
The second period was controlled by the Royals, with Mitchell Becker scoring a goal early to tie the score and Justin Grudem adding a shorthanded goal 11:31 into the period to give the Royals a 3-2 lead. An insurance goal was added by Frederickson 8:02 into the third period and Grudem added an empty netter late, securing victory No. 6 for the Royals in the 2017-18 season.
Rogers’ next two games weren’t so easy as the team lost to Chisago Lakes and North Branch, both by a 3-2 score. Becker and Dylan Timm scored for the Royals in the loss against the Vikings on Jan. 23. Frederickson and Grudem lead the Royals in scoring with 11 points each, while Jake Jenson and Timm are both at 10 points on the season.
The Royals’ next test is against section rival Moorhead. The Spuds are 14-6 this season, looking to make it back to the state tournament in March, representing Section 8AA. The puck is set to drop at 6 p.m.
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.