Hockey: Royal girls beat Tigers 5-1 with power play production

Rogers’ Paetyn Levis (19) is hugged by teammates after scoring in the second period. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Rogers’ Paetyn Levis (19) is hugged by teammates after scoring in the second period. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Royal defender Cassie Conrad (21) scraps for the puck with Alanna Mattson of the Tigers. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Royal defender Cassie Conrad (21) scraps for the puck with Alanna Mattson of the Tigers. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

By Bruce Strand

Elk River Star News

 

Four power-play goals lifted the Rogers Royals to a 5-1 win over penalty-plagued Princeton-Becker-Big Lake on Friday evening in Rogers.

The Royals broke open a 0-0 game with four goals in a span of 5:46 in the second period, three of them power plays. Jenna Karls scored at 8:26, Madison Lehn at 10:58, Gabrielle Billing at 11:42 and Paetyn Levis at 14:12, with only Lehn’s being even-strength.

Seven of the Tigers’ 14 penalties came in the second period but they salvaged a shorthanded goal, by Jordan Blomquist, on the last of those, at 16:39.

Rogers was right back on the power play to start the third period with Lehn knocking in her second goal of the game and 16th of the year at 2:18.

Madison Lehn, surveying the defense here, notched two of her team’s five goals. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Levis had three assists and Lehn two, adding up to a four-point night for each. Billing made two assists and Ellie Feilen one.

Michelle Klimstra stopped 31 of 32 shots for Rogers and Kara Schramel was 39-of-44 for the Tigers.

The Royals improved to 5-2 conference, 10-7-2 overall. The Tigers dropped to 2-4 and 10-7.

In earlier action, Madison Lehn broke up a scoreless duel with two power play goals late the third period and the Rogers Royals beat visiting River Lakes 2-0 on Thursday evening.

Michelle Klimstra notched 30 saves as she and the Royals (9-7-1) posted their second shutout of the season.

The game was 0-0 with 3:40 left but Lehn scored on power plays at 13:20, with Paetyn Levis and Gabrielle Billing assisting, and again at 15:13, with Levis and Kassie Scherling assisting.

Lehn, senior forward, leads the Royals with 14 goals.

Shana Clark made 25 saves for River Lakes (9-6), a fusion of eight schools based at Cold Spring Rocori.

Rogers was to host Chisago Lakes on Tuesday.

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