By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
Two straight power play goals put Rogers in front and the Royals held on to defeat the Buffalo Bison 5-3 at home Saturday, Jan. 11, and grab the conference lead alone.
Rogers is 3-0 in the Mississippi 8 and Buffalo is 5-1. The Royals are 10-3-1 and Bison 9-5-1 overall.
Gunnar Goodmanson nailed three straight goals for Buffalo, at 8:36 and 13:04 of the first period and 1:22 of the second, to give the Bison a 4-3 lead.
Rogers had a man advantage for goals by Alexander Lormann at 8:09 of the second period and by Nate Weber at 14:55 to push ahead 4-3. Dustin Schoepke gave Rogers a two-goal lead 3:23 into the third.
Spencer Marchand had the first Royal goal plus an assist. Travis Brown made two assists and Matt Hellickson, Blake Timm, and Weber one each.
Rogers was 2-for-4 and Buffalo 0-for-4 on power plays. The Royals permitted only 13 shots with Jackson Nelson making 10 saves. Rogers had 28 shots. Mikey Otten stopped 23 for Buffalo.
Rogers will host Fergus Falls Thursday.