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Royals Win Fifth Straight, Tied With Casselman For First

Host Alexandria Sunday at 1:20pm, and Char-Lan Monday at 5:20pm

After six months of a gruelling Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League season, it will come down to the last week of the season to decide first place.

The Richmond Royals host the Casselman Vikings Wednesday night in what could ultimately decide who finishes atop the league’s Martin Division standings. It will be their third home game in four days.

After dropping a 6-5 overtime decision in Casselman Feb. 2, the Royals rebounded with five straight wins. After the Royals’ 7-4 win over the Winchester Hawks on the road Friday night, they are tied with the Vikings with one game in hand.

In Winchester, Robbie DiSilvestro and Tyer Cutts both scored two goals with Dylan Rorwick scoring his 36th of the season and adding an assist. Justin Williams and Ryan Sullivan also scored for the Royals. Tyler Hames and Leo Kluchert each had a pair of assists with one each going to Gage Bujold, Drew Russett, Giulio Carulli and Brendan Lynch.

Ethan Ross scored a pair for the Hawks with Andrew Baccardax and William Labrosse also scoring.

Gabe Arrigo made 44 saves for the Royals for the win.

Streak Began Feb. 5

On Feb. 5, the Royals used strong special teams play to beat the Ottawa Canadians 6-3.

Tyler Hames was given a tripping penalty just 25 seconds into the game, and the Canadians converted on a goal by Max Lacroix. The Royals then went to work and killed off four penalties, including a lengthy five-on-three opportunity for the Canadians.

The Royals killed off the penalties and squeezed in a tying goal as Brendan Lynch scored from Justin Williams and Robbie DiSilvestro.

Alex Lemieux scored an early second period goal for the Canadians to make the score 2-1, but the Royals then had five straight power play opportunities. Christian White and Brandan Lynch scored power play goals, and Dylan Rorwick added a goal just seconds after Ottawa’s Matthew Nolet stepped out of the box.

In the third, DiSilvestro scored from Ryan Sullivan and Shane Sullivan to make the score 5-2. Patrick Larkin scored for the Canadians, but then Dylan Rorwick scored a shorthanded goal for his 33rd of the year to make the score 6-3.

Mavric Welk stopped 27 or 30 shots for the win. Felix Schnell made 51 saves in a losing effort.

On Feb. 9, the Royals headed to the Barbara Ann Scott Arena and beat the Ottawa West Golden Knights 6-2.

After a scoreless first period, the Royals offence came to life with five second period markers. Dylan Rorwick, Tyler Cutts, Gage Bujold, Tyler Cutts and Tyler Hames all scored Richmond goals. Kaleb Ellard scored one for Ottawa West.

In the third, Ryanlee Wadden scored for the Golden Knights to make the score 5-2, and then things got a little bit salty. After Jace Peters of the Golden Knights was called for goaltender interference, his teammate Anthony Tardioli was handed a pair of 10-minute misconducts and a game misconduct.

DiSilvestro scored from Brendan Lynch and Michael Bernier to make the score 6-2 for the Royals.

Ottawa West’s Justin Graham was penalized for a check to the head, and Richmond’s Ryan Sullivan went off for an unsportsmanlike conduct. In the final minute, things boiled over as Michael Bernier of the Royals and Daniil Viscu of the Golden Knights squared off and were both given five and a game for fighting.

Welk stopped 32 shots for the win.

Two nights later, the Royals went on the road to face the Char-Lan Rebels. They won their third straight game, beating the Rebels 3-1.

The Royals struck early as Reid Johnston scored from Cutts and DiSilvestro 25 seconds into the first period. Trent Poitras tied things up for Char-Lan with a goal late in the second.

In the third, DiSilvestro scored the winner at 4:57 from Drew Russett and Tyler Cutts. Justin Williams scored his fourth of the year with 2:18 left to play from Rorwick and Russett to give the Royals an insurance marker.

Gabe Arrigo stopped 29 or 30 shots and played a key role in the win, as the Royals were outshot in each period.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Golden Knights and the Royals resumed their feud at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre. Although the Royals went into the game looking for a share of first place while the Golden Knights sat in fourth place, the Golden Knights were coming off a 3-2 win over the first place Casselman Vikings. Heading into the game, the Royals were 2-2-1 against the Golden Knights on the year, with each team scoring 20 goals in their five games.

But if fans were expecting a close game, the Royals were having none of it as they scored four first period goals and cruised to a 9-3 victory.

Once again, the Royals got off to a quick start. Ryan Sullivan scored from Tyler Cutts and Shane Sullivan just 48 seconds into the first period. Shane Sullivan then scored from Cutts and Simon Yang, and then added a power play goal less than two minutes later from Drew Russett and Reid Johnston. Leo Kluchert scored with three minutes left in the period from Robbie DiSilvestro and Brendan Lynch to give the Royals a 4-0 lead.

Kyle Singerland scored early in the second for the Golden Knights to break the shutout, but Lynch got it back for the Royals just 16 seconds later from DiSivestro and Gage Bujold. Giulio Carulli added a Royals goal late in the period from DiSilverstro and Lynch to make the score 6-1 after two.

In the third, Cutts, Rorwick and Johnston added goals for the Royals while Jack Parker scored twice for the Golden Knights to make the final score 9-3.

Mavric Welk made 46 saves in goal for the Royals and was named the game’s first star.

Featured Image – Shane Sullivan of the Royals had two goals and two assists in the Royals’ 9-3 win over the Ottawa West Golden Knights at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre Wed., Feb. 15.