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Royals Back In First After Pair Of Wins

Rorwick Hat Trick Gives Him 12 Goals In Last Eight Games

The Richmond Royals are back in first place.

The Royals won a pair of Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League games over the weekend, beating the Embrun Panthers 5-3 in Embrun Friday night before doubling up on the Ottawa Jr. Canadians 6-3 in Richmond Sunday afternoon.

While Richmond, Embrun and the Casselman Vikings have been jockeying for first place in the EOJHL Martin Division standings, the Royals reclaimed first place by one point with a game in hand.

Comeback Win

The Royals lost to the Panthers on Sun., Jan. 15, and they fell behind 3-0 Fri., Jan. 20. However, five straight goals in the second half of the game gave the Royals a much-needed 5-3 win on the road.

Cameron Grant scored in the first period while Juno Gregoire and Keyshawn Francis scored in the second fore the Panthers. After that, Royals goalie Gabe Arrigo slammed the door shut and the Royals offence came to life.

Robbie DiSilvestro scored an unassisted goal at 11:38 of the second, and then Jackson Dallaire scored from Brendan Lynch less than two minutes later. The Royals tied the score late in the third period when DiSilvestro scored his second of the game from Dallaire and Drew Russett.

In the third period, Tyler Hames scored the eventual winner on the power play from Dylan Rorwick and Simon Yang. With five-and-a-half minutes left to play, Dallaire gave the Royals an insurance goal from Cole Haughton.

Another Hattie

Gabe Arrigo made 34 saves in the win.

Dylan Rorwick did not score in Embrun, ending his streak of six straight games with a goal. He made up for it in Richmond Sunday with a hat trick as the Panthers beat the Ottawa Jr. Canadians 6-3.

Rorwick’s three goals give him 12 in the last eight games for Richmond.

The Royals relied on their power play as they took a 3-2 lead in the first. The Canadians opened the scoring on a power play goal by Kai Nicholson. The Royals rebounded with a pair of power play goals. Rorwick scored from Tyler Hames and Sam McElheran, and less than a minute later Shane Sullivan scored from Yang and Rorwick. With 2:57 left in the period, Rorwick gave the Royals a 3-2 lead with a power play marker from Hames and Sullivan.

Dayton Craik tied the score for the Canadians 1:32 into the second, but it was all Royals after that.

Jaidon Genereux scored from Yang and Sullivan at 3:37 of the second, and Hames made it 5-3 when he scored from McElerhan and Yang.

The Royals killed off three third period penalties and goalie Mavric Welk was sharp. Rorwick got his third goal of the game with Gage Bujold and Shane Sullivan earning assists. Welk made 23 saves in the win.

The Royals head to the Barbara Ann Scott Arena to face the Ottawa West Golden Knights Thursday night before hosting the Casselman Vikings Sunday at 1:20 p.m.

Featured Photo: Dylan Rorwick, right, had a hat trick Sunday against the Ottawa Jr. Canadians. (ManotickMessenger/RichmondHub photo)