Robby Vukelich

  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor It’s been a stellar three-year run for the Rogers boys hockey team, but one giant barrier known as the Hermantown Hawks has stopped the Royals short of the ultimate goal each year. Hermantown, at 28-0 the state’s lone unbeaten hockey team, pummeled the Royals 4-0 in the Section 5A [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Rogers Royals were just one game from their first state hockey tournament, but that’s a long bridge when the opponent is the Hermantown Hawks.   No. 2 Hermantown pummeled the unranked Royals 5-0 in the Section 5A finals before an overflow crowd at Champlin Ice Forum on Friday evening. [...]

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    Phillip Ballard scored in overtime to send Rogers into the section final with a 3-2 win over Proctor at home on Saturday evening.   Ballard, a senior forward, got the game-winner 5:00 into the extra session on a power play after a Rail player was called for slashing. Assisting were Andrew Smith and [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Rogers hockey team has met both conference goals — to win their second straight title, and to become the first Mississippi 8 team to go unbeaten in conference. Bryan Jungels  and Zach Hnath each had the hat trick as the Rogers Royals thumped St. Michael-Albertville 7-2 home on Thursday [...]

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The Mississippi 8 champion Rogers Royals were scuttled by one of the top Class A teams, Rochester Lourdes, 4-1 at home on Tuesday evening. Lourdes senior forward Rory Vesel drilled three goals, two of them on power plays. Sam Slightam had the other goal and Alec Brandrup made 3 assists. Andrew Smith scored in the [...]

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The Rogers Royals are one game from an unbeaten conference season after two power-play goals and one shorthanded added up  to a 3-1 victory over Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake at  home Saturday. MAML’s Dylan Nelson had the lone first-period goal on a power play, but it was all Royals after that as they outshot the visitors 34-22. [...]

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The Rogers Royals tallied three goals in the third period and pummeled the Proctor Rails 4-0 at home Saturday in a penalty-filled game. Rogers had 14 penalties, including three for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Proctor had 12 penalties, one unsportsmanlike. Rogers was 2-for-10 on power plays while killing all 11 Proctor power plays. Andrew Smith got [...]

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The Rogers Royals neared their second straight Mississippi 8 title with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Bison on Thursday evening in Buffalo. Nick Polsfuss and Neal Smith each notched a goal and an assist for the Royals. Andrew Smith and Zach Hnath (power play) had the other goals. Bryan Jungels made two assists and [...]

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