The Rogers hockey team got off to a good start against No. 1 ranked Breck, but a Section 5A semifinal upset was not to be.
The Mustangs, down 2-1, roared back to oust the Royals 6-2 on Tuesday evening at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis.
“I told the girls you probably just lost to the eventual state champions,” said Rogers head coach Scott Childers. “This section is like a mini-state tournament.”
The Royals, ranked No. 9 in Class A, posted their program’s first winning season and finished 15-10-2 including three wins over ranked teams.
“Our team has a lot of accomplishments to be proud about,” Childers said. “We have created a program the school and community can be proud of…, and the future looks bright.”
Childers, who has worked with three different teams in his coaching career, said one of the qualities he admires about the Rogers girls is their attitude and work ethic. “They’re always working hard,” he said.
Madison Lehn scored a power-play goal at 1:03 of the first period and Emily Antony did the same at 8:03 for a 2-1 lead.
Antony finished her ninth-grade season with 35 goals.
It was all Breck (23-2-1) after that, with the Mustangs outshooting the Royals 45-23. Milica McMillen knocked in two goals and Leah Schwarzman, Carly Schraeder, Kate Schipper and Karina Marette one apiece.
In goal were Michelle Klimstra (39-for-45) for Rogers and Taylor Neisen (21-for-23) for Breck.
It was the final game for seniors Alicia Nelson (injured), Tori Noland, Haley Jung and Becca Leshovsky.