Royals End Five-Game Skid

Royals end five-game Junior B hockey skid with win over Canadians

By Manotick Messenger Staff

The Richmond Royals turned on the offense with four goals in the third period as they beat the Ottawa Jr. Canadians 7-3 Wednesday night in Richmond to end their five-game Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League losing streak.

The Royals had dropped five straight games since the Junior B circuit returned to play at the beginning of February.

The game was a rematch of their Sunday afternoon contest in Richmond. In that game, the Royals took a lead into the third period but lost 3-2. On Wednesday, the Royals also took a one-goal lead into the third period. This time around, they turned it on in the final 20 minutes and scored four goals.

In the first period, the Royals controlled play and peppered Canadians goalie Ian Lee with 22 shots. Lee kicked aside 21 of them, allowing only a goal by Joshua Barbeau, as he scored from Kylan Tavares and Cole Cassidy.

Just 38 seconds into the second period, Luke Richardson scored from Even Burgess to give the Royals a 2-0 lead. Ethan Greene also scored for the Royals in the period with Wylie Dixon and Owen Nevins adding assists, while Liam Hunter and Andrew Carr scored for the Royals.

Richmond’s Tyler Cutts took the game into his own hands in the third period, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the stanza to give the Royals a 5-2 lead. Richardson assisted Cutts’ first goal, while Willem Brandt earned the helper on Cutts’ second goal, which came on the power play.

Owen Nevins scored his fifth of the year from Jackson Dallaire at 6:15 of the third to make the score 6-2. Nicolas Papineau got one back for the Canadians, but that was all goalie Ethan Dinsdale would give up. Fifteen-year-old rookie Mikayil Kahriman scored his first ever Junior B goal late in the third from Curran Gilmour to make the final score 7-3.

Dinsdale stopped 34 shots to earn the win, while Lee, who faced 50 Royals shots, made 43 saves.