The Richmond Royals have fallen to third place in the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Richardson Division standings after dropping a pair of games over the weekend.
After a pair of 4-3 losses in Arnprior Friday and at home to the Carleton Place Canadians Sunday afternoon in Richmond, the Royals now sit with a record of 20-11-0 for 40 points. Arnprior is in second place with 42 points, and Carleton Place is in first with 46.
After sitting in first place for most of the first half of the season, the Royals have now dropped four straight games.
Friday in Arnprior, the Packers held a 3-0 lead over the Royals on goals by Sean Ireland, Tyson Verch and Sheldon Lyons.
The Royals came alive in the third with a rally to come back, but fell just short.
Sam McElheran scored from Cameron Donaldson 2:34 into the third, but the Packers got it back to make the score 4-1 on a shorthanded goal by Jason Ward.
With 3:25 left, Richmond got a goal from Leo Kluchert with assists to Dylan Rorwick and Reid Johnston. The Royals then pulled to within one with Tyler Branchaud scoring from Christian White and Sam McElheran with 1:41 remaining.
Richmond goalie Sam Nolan, who stopped a second period penalty shot, was pulled for an extra attacker, but goalie Mavric Welk shut the door to win his second straight against his old team.
Richmond outshot Arnprior 46-23, and had 23 shots on goal in the third period alone,
On Sunday in Richmond, it was more of the same as the Royals’ fell behind and fell just short in their comeback attempt in a 4-3 loss to Carleton Place.
Ian Kennedy and Hunter Robitaille scored for the Canadians in the first, and Liam Calvert and Andrew Colley scored in the second.
Trailing 4-0, the Royals began to chip away. Dylan Rorwick got an unassisted goal with 23 seconds remaining in the second period to put the Royals on the board.
In the third, the Royals applied pressure to the Canadians but came up just short. Dylan Rorwick scored his 21st of the year from Sam McElheran and Danny Marsden with just over nine minutes remaining.
The Royals pulled to within a goal when Reid Johnston scored from Trent Poitras and Rorwick with exactly one minute left. Trailing 4-3, the Royals applied pressure on Canadians goalie Ty Ferguson, but they were unable to net the tying goal.
The Royals are back in action at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre next Sunday at 1:20 p.m. when they host the Perth Blue Wings.
(Featured Image – A gang of Richmond defenders check Carleton Place forward Owen Goodwin in front of the Royals net during their EOJHL game Sunday.)