Hockey: Royal girls rally, tie Spring Lake Park 2-2

Rogers' Kaitlin Braiedy (15) and Alicia Nelson (9) chased Tartan's Deanna Edwards as she tried to clear the puck. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Rogers Royals rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 tie with Tartan at home Thursday evening, missing a 5-on-3 chance to win late in the game.

“It beats losing. We’ll take it,” said coach Scott Chambers, after his team (4-1-1) stretched its unbeaten streak to five.

Madison Lehn of Rogers moved on the boards with the puck, pursued by Tartan's Anna Benson. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The Royals had a minute and 20 seconds of two-player advantage midway through the final period, plus another minute of one-player advantage.

“That was the ugliest power play you’ll ever see,” said Chambers. “Obviously we’ve got to work on that. You’ve got to finish on a five-on-three.”

Tartan (1-3-1) got two shots past Royal goalie Michelle Klimstra in the first period, one that she fanned at and missed, the other through the five-hole.

Klimstra stopped everything after that, including one-on-one breakaways late in the third period and again in the overtime.

Emily Antony got the Royals on the board with her 10th goal in the second period, assisted by Leah Benson. Madison Lehn scored the equalizer with 12 minutes left in the third, assisted by Mac Perna.

The Royals held on to the tie by killing off a three-minute one-player disadvantage (including 1:10 of 3-on-4) late in the third period. They had another power play chance in the overtime and couldn’t convert.

The Royals will play at Mahtomedi on Monday.

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