Royals suffer shootout loss despite second period hat trick by Bonfield

By Manotick Messenger Staff

The Ottawa Canadians scored three goals in the second period as they beat the Richmond Royals 4-2 at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre Sunday afternoon.

The loss kept the Royals in seventh place in their CCHL2 Junior Hockey division. It was the third straight loss for Richmond after beating Westport in a shootout Sat., Feb. 10.

The Royals got on the board first as Joe MacLean scored from Mitchell Mercier and Dale Kilby, but the Canadians responded with a goal in the first and three in the second to take a 4-1 lead. Ryan Bonfield pulled the Royals to within a pair with a goal from Danny Carroll and Mason Farness late in the second, but that would be it as the Canadians shut the door on any further comeback.

Royals goalies Jean-Philippe Tourigny and Alexander Borrelli faced 52 shots, while the Royals had 33 shots.

Despite the loss, it was a better showing for the Royals than they had the night before, as they lost 8-0 on the road against the Char-Lan Rebels.

On Tues., Feb. 13, the Royals picked up a point but dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Canadians at the Earl Armstrong Arena.

Declan Hilton and Justin Turner scored in the first to give the Canadians a 2-0 lead, but the Royals bounced back in the second with two goals from Ryan Bonfield within the first two minutes from Ryan Pawlikowski. Johnny Pickering scored to put the Canadians ahead 3-2, but Bonfield’s third goal of the period from Pawlikowski and Danny Carroll evened the score.

After an scoreless overtime, the teams sorted things out with a shootout. Grant Cooper scored for the Royals, but Davin Saumur replied with a goal for the Canadians. Goalie Bennett Oxborough shut the door on Bonfield and Cooper Desbiens, while Justin Turner slipped one past Tourigny to give the Canadians the win.

On Sat., Feb. 10 in Westport, the Royals picked up a shootout win and a 6-5 victory.

With an extra attacker on the ice, Jared Carle scored for the Royals with 35 seconds left to play to tie the game. Ryan Pawlikowski and Patrick Yates drew assists. Pawlowski had set up Grant Cooper’s goal just minutes before to pull the Royals to within one. Yates finished the game with three assists and Pawlikowksi had two. Owen Scott, Corey Symington and TK Mwamba also scored for Richmond. Brad Benvenuti, Joey Laird and Dawson Maisonneuve added assists. Tourigny stopped 46 of 50 shots and both shots he faced in the shootout for the win.