Plunkett hat trick not enough in Rebels season opening loss




Champlin Park senior forward Bryce Plunkett started off the new boys hockey season with a bang by scoring a hat trick.

Unfortunately for Plunkett and company, it came with a 4-3 Rebels loss at Rogers on Thursday, Nov. 21.  Rogers’ Jacob Walker broke the 3-3 late in the third for the win.

“We were out-played all over the ice,” Rebels coach Bryce Macken said.

Plunkett had his first tow goals during the first period before the eight-minute mark.  His first one came unassisted at 1:26 into the game.  Luke Dalman and Dan Kielb assisted on Plunkett’s second goal at 7:48.

Rogers cut the lead to 2-1 with a power play goal by Jason Roberger about a minute later.  Brandon Cecil knotted the game for Rogers in the second period, and Walk put them ahead 3-2 in the third.

Plunkett tide it up at 7:12 into the third on assist from Dalman and Max Turgeon.  Rebels senior goalie Grant Dehmer finished with 42 saves in his first varsity start.

The loss came as a disappointment for a team with many returning players that made a deep playoff run last winter.  The Rebels are off  for the Thanksgiving break.


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