With the backdrop of a sold-out Elk River Arena for the Section 5AA championship March 3, the Rogers boys hockey squad stood one game away from program history: searching for their first berth in the state tournament. But conference rival Maple Grove, who was in search of their third straight section championship, stood in their way, and the Crimson used their experience to make enough plays to secure a 4-2 victory and a trip to the state tournament.

With passionate student sections screaming and chanting (Rogers wearing all blue and Maple Grove wearing all white), both teams came out of the gates on the attack. The Royals and Crimson each had several good scoring looks before junior forward Finn Brink, camped out in front of the net, took a nifty pass from junior forward Landen Gunderson and hit the back of the net for the opening tally of the night and a 1-0 Maple Grove lead.

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