Hockey: Rogers girls have 2 captains hurt in 9-1 loss to NWC

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Rogers girls hockey team took a drubbing from North Wright County and had two senior captains injured Tuesday evening at home.

NWC, the Mississippi 8 leader, beat the Royals 9-1, with Dani Sibley scoring three goals and Kaleigh Hamann two, at Rogers.

Alicia Nelson, a forward with nine goals and 11 assists, suffered a broken arm in a mid-ice collision   and will miss the rest of the season.

Tori Noland, a defenseman, suffered a mild concussion when she was in a prone position and was struck by a knee. She’s expected to miss about a week, said coach Scott Childers.

Both mishaps occurred in the second period.

“We had a goofy start, giving up some soft goals, and I had to make a goaltending change,” said Childers. “It was a crazy night with the injuries and the score so lopsided.”

Nelson and Noland have both played varsity since ninth grade.

“It’s tough to lose two quality kids like that for any length of time. Our depth is probably not a strength. We’ll see how the younger girls respond. Both those girls  are on the first set for our power play and penalty kill, too.”

NWC, a Class AA team representing St. Michael-Albertville, Monticello and Annandale,  has a 12-6 record, 4-0 in conference.

Jenna Nelson had the lone goal for Rogers, which is ranked in the top ten in Class A. The Royals are 11-7-2 overall and 1-5 in the conference.

WC outshot the Rotals 44-12. Rogers goalie Becca Leshovsky gave up eight goals on 32 shots. Michelle Klimstra gave up one on 13 shots.

Rogers will play at Hutchinson on Thursday.