Hockey: Rogers girls beat Armstrong, Cambridge for New Prague trophy

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Rogers Royals captured the New Prague Thanksgiving Tournament championship with two victories over the weekend.

The Royals (4-1) topped Armstrong 2-0 Friday and Cambridge-Isanti 5-1 Saturday, led by Emily Antony with four goals.

“Emily is a nice player — she’s got great vision and good hands,” said coach Scott Childers. “That first line is playing very well together.”

Antony, who has tallied nine goals in Rogers’ four-game win streak, skates with Alicia Nelson and Kaitlyn Braeidy.

The Royals and Armstrong were scoreless untilĀ  Antony scored 3:45 into the third period, assisted by Alicia Nelson. The score remained 1-0 until Nelson got an empty-netter with 10 seconds left.

Rogers outshot Armstrong 26-15. Michelle Klimstra was in goal for the shutout. Ashey Ritten was in the nets for Armstrong.

Antony drilled three more goals against Cambridge-Isanti. Nelson and Tory Noland had the other goals, and Becca Leshvosky made 24 saves. The Royals got their five goals on just 15 shots on net.

Senior defender Kelsey Johnson had to leave the Armstrong game with a knee injury. Childers said Sunday evening he didn’t know yet how serious it was.

The defensive corps included Johnston, Noland, Kate Shirley, Marissa Soppeland and Leah Benson.

The Royals will host Tartan on Thursday.