Royals earn point after comeback sends second place Embrun into OT
By Jeff Morris
The Richmond Royals began the CCHL2 junior hockey new year the same way they closed out 2019.
The boys are punching above their weight class.
The Royals, in seventh place in the CCHL2 Martin Division, hosted second place Embrun Sunday afternoon at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre. The Royals trailed 4-1 in the third period but clawed their way back into the game with three goals to force overtime. Although Embrun won, the Royals once again stole a point and continued to prove that they are on par with the top teams in the league.
Sunday, the Panthers struck first as Cameron MacMillan and Cayden Martin scored to give Embrun a 2-0 lead.
Embrun’s Tristan Taillefer scored late in the second period, but the Royals responded a minute later as Adam Goodfellow scored his 12th of the year from Ryan Mann and Patrick Yates to put Richmond on the board.
Less than a minute into the third period, the Panthers increased their lead to 4-1 as Martin scored an unassisted shortie. The Royals got the goal back later in the power play as Patrick Yates scored his 15th goal of the year from Curran Gilmour and Ryan Martin.
Late in the third period, as they have done numerous times this year, the Royals rallied. Yates notched his second of the game from Goodfellow and Mann with 6:32 left, and Gilmour;s fifth of the season from Mann and Dawson Evans with 3:57 left tied the game at 4-4.
In overtime, the Panthers netted the winner as Mathieu Brennan scored his third goal of the year. Brennan was the game’s first star, while Richmond’s Adam Goodfellow was the second star and Embrun’s Nathan Brown was third star.
The Royals have a pair of games this weekend as their CCHL2 playoff push continues. Friday they visit the first place Westport Rideaus, while on Sunday, the host the Perth Blue Wings. Face-off is 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre.