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Dinsdale Backstops Shootout Win as First Place Royals Edge Char-Lan

Ethan Dinsdale stopped 26 of 27 shots and then was perfect in the shootout as the Richmond Royals won their second straight Junior B Hockey game, edging the Char-Lan Rebels at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre Sunday afternoon.

While Royals fans have been used to seeing high-octane offence from the locals, they were treated to a playoff-like goaltending duel between Dinsdale and Char-Lan’s Remi Hay, who was the game’s first star.

The Royals extending their lead atop the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Richardson Division standings. They are 12-3-0-0 for 24 points in 15 games, six points ahead of the second place Arnprior Packers. The Royals are also perfect in extra time, with an overtime win and two shootout wins.

On Sunday, the Royals opened the scoring in the first period when Dylan Rorwick scored his 11th goal of the season from Danny Marsden and Tyler Hames.

The score remained 1-0 deep into the third period, as Dinsdale and Hay took over the game. Char-Lan had an opportunity to even things up in the second period when Danny Marsden was sent off for hooking. With one second left in his penalty, Zac Soifer was sent off for slashing. Strong penalty killing and a couple of key saves by Dinsdale kept the score at 1-0 heading into the third.

In the third period, it was Hay’s turn to shine on the power play as the Royals power play unit came at the Rebels in waves during back-to-back Rebels penalties just three minutes apart. Hay stood his ground, keeping his team in the game.

With less than four minutes remaining in the third period, Char-Lan’s Mike Fournier finally solved the Royals’ goalie with an unassisted goal to tie the score at 1-1.

After a scoreless overtime, the teams went to a shootout. Sam McElheran scored the winner for the Royals while Dinsdale stopped all three Rebels’ attempts, giving Richmond the win.

The previous Sunday, the Royals snapped a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Perth Blue Wings.

The Royals jumped out to a 2-0 lead late in the first as Dylan Rorwick scored from Simon Yang and Danny Marsden, and then Reid Johnston scored from Tyler Hames and Drew Russett.

The Blue Wings got goals from Spencer Bowes and Tyler Bell early in the second, but that was all they could put past Royals goalie Sam Nolan. The Royals regained their two-goal lead when Hames scored from Rorwick and Marsden, and then Jonston potted his second of the game from Marsden and Christian White to make the score 4-2.

Veteran blueliner Evan Burgess added a third-period insurance goal for the Royals, scoring his first of the year from Russett and Hames.

Nolan stopped 19 of 21 shots for the win.

The night before, the Royals were in a rough and physical game in Casselman, losing 4-2 to the home Vikings.

The Royals lost their top offensive producer in the first period when Hames and Vikings defenceman Vincent Bastien tangled. Both got five for fighting and a game misconduct, with Basten getting the extra two for roughing.

There was a parade to the penalty box in the second with 10 minors called in the period. Rorwick scored an unassisted shorthanded goal for Richmond but then the Vikings responded with four. Sebastien Ouimet, Yan Bessette, Tristan Simoneau and Jacob Knickle all scored to give the Vikings a 4-1 lead. Two of Casselman’s goals came on the power play, while one was a shorty.

Marsden scored from Cameron Donaldson and Christian White late in the third to make the score 4-2. The Royals were outshot 44-23 and failed to score on eight power play opportunities.

Featured Image: Char-Lan goalie Remi Hay shuts the door on Richmond’s Tyler Hames during their Junior B tilt in Richmond Sun., Nov. 6.