Hockey: Royal boys down Princeton 3-1

Jake Einarson and Corey Braiedy scored  just 1:27 apart for an early lead that held up as the first-place Rogers Royals defeated the Princeton Tigers 3-1 at home Tuesday evening.

Einarson scored at 10:53 with Parker Veith assisting, and Braiedy at 12:07 with Veith and Chad Miller assisting.

The second period was scoreless, but Bryan Jungles made it 3-0 just 32 seconds into the third period, assisted by Zach Hnath and Neal Smith.

Chad Lindenfelder got Princeton (2-3-1 conference, 5-11-1 overall) on the board at 5:05 of the third period.

Rogers goalie Robby Vukelich thwarted 23 of 24 shots, while Princeton goalie Ryan Carlson stopped 27 of 30.

Princeton was 0-for-4 and Rogers 0-for-1 on the power play.

The Royals (9-6-1 overall) are 5-0 in conference, with Cambridge-Isanti second at 3-1-1.

Next for Rogers is Becker-Big Lake there Thursday evening.

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