By Jeff Morris
The Richmond Royals finally posted their first win of 2020 Sunday, as they beat the Char-Lan Rebels 5-2 in their CCHL2 junior hockey game at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre.
After a red hot December, the Royals cooled down after the break, losing five games in regulation time and one in overtime since the calendars flipped.
Friday night in Arnprior, the Royals lost their fourth straight regulation time game as the Packers beat them 7-4 at the Nick Smith Centre.
Adam Goodfellow and Curran Gilmour each had a goal and an assist, while Noah Dioszeghy had a pair of assists. Ryan Williams also scored, and Ryan Mann scored on a second period penalty shot. Owen Nevins also had an assist.
Sunday, the Royals exploded for five unanswered goals in the third period to earn a 5-2 win over the visiting Char-Lan Rebels.
The Rebels took a 2-0 lead as Noah Konink scored late in the first and Dillon Spinner scored just 26 seconds into the second.
But in the third, the Royals officially busted out of their slump.
Ryan Mann scored a shorthanded goal from Patrick Yates just 43 seconds into the period. Yates then tied the score 5:56 into the period from TK Mwamba.
With less than five minutes to go, a Royals flurry led to victory. Ryan Williams’ third goal of the year with 4:23 remaining proved to be the winner as he scored from Noah Dioszeghy and Ryan Mann. Evan Burgess then potted his second of the year from Ethan Greene on the power play, and first star and captain Patrick Yates scored an empty net goal from Asa MacFarlane. It was the second goal of the game for Yates. The North Gower native and Ryan Mann both have 18 on the year.
Darien Johnson made 34 saves for the win.
It’s a busy weekend coming up for the Royals, as they are in Casselman Thursday night and Carleton Place Saturday night before returning to home ice Sunday to face the Alexandria Glens. Face off at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre is 1:30 p.m.