A pair of shorthanded goals by Dylan Rorwick and some solid penalty killing and goaltending in the third period lifted the Richmond Royals to a 2-1 win over the Carleton Place Canadians in their Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League tilt at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre Sunday afternoon.
The win put the Royals six points ahead of the second place Canadians atop the Junior B league’s Richardson Division standings. Richmond has a 20-7-0 record for 40 points, while Carleton Place is 16-8-3 for 30 points.
Since the Royals ended November with a forgettable 6-1 loss to the Ottawa West Golden Knights, they have now won five of their six games in December.
With Sam McElheran off for hooking midway through the first period, Rorwick scored his first unassisted shorty of the game. He added another late in the second with Drew Russett off for cross checking.
Hunter Robitaille scored his 10th of the season for the Canadians with 5:23 left in the third. The Canadians had a two-man advantage as Christian White and Rorwick were given penalties. The Royals responded with solid penalty killing and strong goaltending by the game’s first star, Sam Nolan.
While the penalty killing unit was at its best Sunday, it was a different story Friday night in Perth as the Blue Wings edged the Royals 3-2.
Jackson Miller opened the scoring for the Royals with a goal from Tyler Cutts and Reid Johnston 1:16 into the first, while Spencer Bowes tied the game with his 16th goal of the season with 1:50 left in the opening period.
Goerge Carson scored a power play goal to put Perth ahead 2-1 late in the second.
The Royals tied the score in the first minute of the third period when Dylan Rorwick scored from Danny Marsden and Christian White.
With 5:54 left in the third, Connor Buffam was sent off for slashing, giving the Blue Wings a power play. Perth won the draw and Tyler Bell scored just eight seconds into the power play to scpore what was eventually the winning goal.
Evan Malherbe made 35 saves in goal for Perth while Richmond goalie Ethan Dinsdale stopped 39 of 42 shots.
The Royals play their final game before the holiday break Thursday, December 21 in Smiths Falls against the Bears. Their next EOJHL home game is Sun., Jan. 7 against the Arnprior Packers.
Featured Image: Rhett Cleverdon of the Ottawa West Golden Knights didn’t put the puck past Richmond Royals goalie Ethan Dinsdale, but he found his way into the net during their Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League Junior B game in Richmond Nov. 26.