By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
The Rogers Royals hockey season ended with a lopsided loss to the Hermantown Hawks, 9-0, on Saturday in the Section 5A semifinals at Hermantown.
Chris Benson scored three goals and Neal Pionk two for the Hawks (22-4-1), who have ousted Rogers four straight years. Hermantown had a 48-15 edge in shots and went 4-for-4 on power plays.
The Royals finished 12-13-2.
In earlier action, Nate Weber sat for a while in the first and third periods but came up big in the second period, leading Rogers in a 3-1 playoff win over Legacy Christian at home on Thursday evening.
The junior forward scored 1:45 into the period, assisted by John Stanley, to tie the score 1-1, then scored again on a power play at 10:30, unassisted, for a 2-1 lead. Alexander Lorman made it 3-1 with a goal at 16:40, assisted by Weber.
Weber had a roughing penalty in the first period and slashing penalty in the third to go with his three-point night.
Legacy Christian got on the board first, with Brandon Leier scoring at 14:26 of the first period, on a power play after the third of three Rogers penalties in the period.
Otherwise Rogers (12-12-2) controlled play with a 35-12 edge in shots. Blake Ternus stopped 11 of 12 shots for Rogers, while Legacy goalie Tanner Balk stopped 32 of 35.