Moose come up short in rematch versus Rogers Royals


The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake Moose took the ice at the Moose Sherritt arena Tuesday, Feb. 11, for their last regular season game against the Rogers Royals. Earlier in the season, the Moose traveled to Rogers to battle against the Royals and left with a three-point loss.
By 7 p.m. the arena was packed with Moose fans sporting white apparel in memory of Kristina Steffen, an Annandale student who had passed away unexpectedly.
The Moose players were coming off of a major victory against Chisago Lakes just a few days prior and were set to defeat the Royals and make their crowd proud.
The puck dropped and the Royals claimed the momentum as Maple Lake’s Nate Maas was assessed a two-minute tripping penalty. The Royals took advantage of the extra man on the ice and scored the first goal of the game under three minutes in. Just five minutes later, the Royals capitalized again and scored on Monticello senior Darien Jones.
Finally, toward the end of the first period, the Moose minimized the gap between themselves and the Royals when Monticello senior Sam Johnson took the puck down the ice into the Royals’ zone and scored an unassisted goal from just beyond the blue line.
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