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.