Rogers starts with a simmer, ends with a bang in season-opening win

Rogers and Grand Rapids-Greenway were scoreless heading into the second period, then the Royals exploded for three goals. Rogers kept on rolling for a 5-3 season-opening win at home.

Players in white, blue, and black jerseys, stick their hands out from the bench to celebrate a teammate who scored a goal.
The Rogers bench prepares to celebrate senior captain McKenna Sandberg on her game-winning-goal against Grand Rapids-Greenway on Nov. 19, 2022, at the Rogers Activity Center.
Sydney Wolf / The Rink Live

ROGERS, Minn. — Although Rogers had a slow start to their season opener, three Royals goals in four minutes inspired the confidence needed to secure a 5-3 win over Grand Rapids-Greenway on Saturday night.

The first goal of the game came on the power play for Rogers when senior captain Ava Johansson netted her first of the season. The forward took a pass from teammate McKenna Sandberg and found herself all alone in front of the net to fire a shot into the back of the net.

Rogers junior Hannah Miller found the back of the net on a breakaway opportunity a minute later to double the home team's lead. The Royals added another on the power play about two minutes later. Bemidji State commit Avery Achterkirch shook off the defenders in front of her, cut to the net and score.

Grand Rapids-Greenway got on the board in the final seconds of the middle rame when Cali Madsen potted one as a Rogers penalty expired. The Lightning continued their good fortune in the final frame, scoring an even-strength tally from Kalle Reed .

GR-G tied the game after the officiating crew reversed a no-goal call — a result of a scrum in front of the net — to a goal credited to Mercury Bischoff .


The Royals stymied the Lightning's charge with the eventual game-winner when McKenna Sandberg buried a puck on a two-on-one opportunity. Ava Johansson then scored her second of the game to secure the 5-3 Royals win.

Rogers moves to 1-0 on the season, while Grand Rapids-Greenway drops to 1-2 after the loss. For postgame comments from Rogers Head Coach Emily Achterkirch, along with senior captains Ava Johansson and McKenna Sandberg, watch the video available below and on The Rink Live's YouTube page.


PERIOD 1: No Score
1-0 Rogers #16 Ava Johansson (PP) from #15 McKenna Sandberg
2-0 Rogers #2 Hannah Miller (EV)
3-0 Rogers #10 Avery Achterkirch (PP)
3-1 GR-G #5 Cali Madsen (EV) from #21 Molly Pierce and #12 Mercury Bischoff
3-2 GR-G #6 Kalle Reed (EV) from #21 Molly Pierce
3-3 GR-G #12 Mercury Bischoff (EV) from #22 Jazzy Bischoff
4-3 Rogers #15 McKenna Sandberg (EV) from #24 Lauren Barnacle
5-3 Rogers #16 Ava Johansson (EV) from #15 McKenna Sandberg


PERIOD 1: No Penalties
Rogers #26 Kamryn Messer (Holding - 2:00)
GR-G #12 Mercury Bischoff (Hooking - 2:00)
GR-G #2 Morgan Carsrud (Cross-Checking - 2:00)
Rogers #25 Olivia Ohme (Interference - 2:00)
Rogers #7 Erica Maida (Hooking - 2:00)
GR-G #12 Mercury Bischoff (High-Sticking - 2:00)
GR-G #21 Molly Pierce (Slashing - 2:00)

St. Cloud State is officially ranked in the national polls this week, the first time since 2009. Minnesota State still lurks outside of the top-15 and receives votes.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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