Rogers' Avery Farrell scored four goals, including the game-winner, against Elk River Friday night. The Royals defeated the Elks 5-3 in Rogers. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Rogers' McKenna Sandberg tries to gain entry into the offensive zone against Elk River Friday night. Sandberg had a goal in the Royals’ 5-3 victory over the Elks in Rogers. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Senior Avery Farrell scored her first hat trick of the season. Her third goal broke a 3-3 tie late in the game to give Rogers a 5-3 victory over Elk River/Zimmerman in a Northwest Suburban Conference matchup Friday night at Rogers Activity Center. She added an empty-netter as time expired for her fourth goal.
In goal, junior Alexa Backmann made 14 saves for the Royals (17-4-2), while senior Ashley Hess stopped 38 pucks for the Elks.
The win extends the Royals’ winning streak to six games. They’ve recorded three shutouts and outscored opponents 28-7 during the stretch. The Elks (11-11-1) have lost three of their past four games and six of their past eight.
Rogers, ranked No. 8 in Class 2A coaches' poll, defeated the Elks in both meetings this season, also getting a 4-3 overtime victory over its Northwest Suburban foe on Jan. 11. That game started the current winning streak for the Royals.
Elk River's Ashely Hess made 39 saves in Friday night’s game against Rogers. The Elks fell the Royals 5-3 at the Rogers Activity Center. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine