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Junior Hockey is Back, Richmond Royals Home Opener Sunday

Junior B hockey is finally back at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre.

After nearly 600 days since their last regular season game, the Richmond Royals open up their 2021-22 Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League season this weekend.

The Royals open the season Sat., Oct. 2 in Char-Lan for an 8 p.m. face off. They return to the Richmond Memorial Community Centre the next day to host the Ottawa West Golden Knights at 1:30 p.m. On Thurs., Oct. 7 and Fri., Oct. 8, the Royals are in Casselman and Embrun for games before coming back home Sun., Oct. 10 to face the Alexandria Glens.

The Royals split their eight-game pre-season schedule, winning four and losing four.

Returning Royals player Noah Dioszeghy celebrates a goal in 2019-20. (Jeff Morris photo)

On Sun., Sept. 19, the Royals were edged 1-0 by the Ottawa West Golden Knights. The game was played at the Goulbourn Rec Centre rather than in Richmond due to the 176th annual Richmond Fair.

Keon Troccoli-Roik scored the game’s only goal midway through the third period. It was the only shot that beat Richmond goalie Ethan Dinsdale, who was otherwise perfect. Dinsdale split the goaltending duties with Anton Moschensky.

Cole Cassidy, Ethan Greene and Brayden Dallaire scored goals for the Royals with Curran Gilmour and Noah Dioszeghy earning assists. Moschensky and Dinsdale once again shared goaltending duties.

In Carleton Place Saturday (Sept. 25), the Royals scored a pair of third period goals to beat the Carleton Place Canadians 3-1.

Reid Wilson, Curran Gilmour and Drew Russett scored for the Royals with Wilson, Willem Brandt, Cole Cassidy and Cormac Hanlon drawing assists.

Ethan Dinsdale went the distance in goal and stopped 30 of 31 shots for the win.