By Jeff Morris
It was one of the most thrilling comebacks in recent memory of the Richmond Royals, but the bubble burst just 17 seconds into overtime as the Winchester Hawks beat the Richmond Royals 5-4 in their Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League game at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre Sunday afternoon.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Royals, who saw their record drop to 2-3-1 for five points after six games in the young EOJHL season.
The Royals opened things up in the first when Kylan Tavares scored his third of the year from Curran Gilmour. Daniel Beauchemin scored for Winchester to tie things up at 1-1 after one period.
Gilmour scored from Ethan Greene to open up the second period, but the Hawks replied with three goals. Reese Donnelly scored twice and Nate Supryka added one. Cole Cassidy got one back for Richmond late in the period from Gilmour to cut the Winchester lead to 4-3.
In the third period, the Royals pressured the Hawks relentlessly. With just nine seconds left, Willem Brandt notched the tying goal from Cormac Hanlon and Noah Dioszeghy to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, it did not take long for the Hawks to pick up the win. Beauchemin scored his second of the game just 17 seconds into the extra period for the win.
The Royals opened the season up on the road against the Char-Lan Rebels Sat., Oct. 2. Trailing 1-0 in the third period, the Royals got goals from Kylan Tavares and Ethan Greene to take a 2-1 win. Wylie Dixon, Shane Sullivan and Willem Brandt each had assists. Anton Moschensky stopped 25 of 26 shots for the win.
On Oct. 3, the Royals had their home opener and blanked the Ottawa West Golden Knights 5-0.
Noah Dioszeghy scored a pair of goals with Cormac Hanlon, Jackson Dallaire and Sam Edwards scoring one each. Sjhane Sullivan and Willem Brandt each picked up two assists with one each going to Same Edwards, Owen Nevins and Kylan Tavares. Ethan Dinsdale stopped 37 shots for the shutout.
While Week 1 went well for the “Royals, Week 2 was a struggle.
On Thurs., Oct. 7, the Royals were beaten on the road by the Casselman Vikings.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, the Royals tied the score in the second. Ethan Greene scored on the power play from Kylan Tavares and Wylie Dixon, while Curran Gilmour added an unassisted power play goal.
Nicolas Chartrand scored on the power play late in the second to put Casselman ahead, and then Nico Pozzebon added a power play goal in the third period to ice the 4-2 win.
The following night, the Royals were in Embrun and lost a 5-2 decision to the Panthers.
Trailing 5-0 in the third, Brady Fleming scored from Evan Burgess, and Reid Wilson scored from Luke Richardson for the Royals.
The Royals were back home in Richmond where they lost a chippy affair to the Alexandria Glens 5-4.
Noah Dioszeghy scored an unassisted goal in the first to put the Royals ahead 1-0, but the Glens responded with a goal from Remy Regnier.
Things got ugly midway through the first period. Shane Sullivan of the Royals was given a two-minute penalty and a 10-minute misconduct for a check to the head. Less than 30 seconds later, Nicolas Ouellette of the Glens was given a two-minute check to the head and a 10-minute misconduct. The Royals got a bench penalty, and Richmond’s Curran and Alexandria’s Ethan Bradley each got five minute majors and a misconduct for fighting.
Chippy play continued throughout the period. With less than a minute to play, Richmond’s Owen Nevins and Alexandria’s Tanner Legue both got two minutes for roughing and two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
IN between all of that, Dioszeghy scored for the Royals from Ethan Greene and Cole Cassidy, and Dante Parent scored for the Glens to make the score 2-2.
In the third, the Royals took a 3-2 lead as Willem Brandt scored from Sam Edwards. However, the Glens mounted a rally late in the third. Oliver Wray scored for Alexandria to tie the score with five minutes left. The Royals then took back-to-back penalties, and Parent’s second goal of the game on the power play with two minutes left gave the Glens a 4-3 win.
The Royals host the Winchester Hawks Sunday at 1:30 p.m., and then on Sun., Oct. 24, they host Char-Lan for a 1:30 p.m. face off.