by MATTHEW DAVIS
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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