By Jeff Morris
The Richmond Royals continued their hot streak Sunday with a thrilling 4-3 some-from-behind win over the Brockville Tikis at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre Sunday.
The win was the third straight for the Royals, who extended their Central Canada Junior Hockey League 2 streak to nine games with at least one point in the standings. Since losing 6-3 in Embrun Nov. 22, the Royals have gone on a tear with a record of 6-0-2-1 to earn 15 of a possible 18 points in the CCHL2 standings.
On Sunday, Noah Dioszeghy’s second goal of the third period capped a three-goal rally as the Royals earned a 4-3 win.
The Royals trailed 3-1 after two periods. In the first period, TK Mwamba scored for the Royals from Evan Burgess and Stuart Taylor while Tanner Waito and Tyler Toomey scored for Brockville. In the second, Ryan Glazer scored for the Tikis. Shortly after Glazer’s goal, Declan Flanagan of the Royals and Taysean Smith of the Tikis dropped the gloves and had a dust up. Both were given five-minute majors and a game misconduct.
Early in the third, Ryan Mann won a face-off in the offensive zone and drew the puck back to Dioszeghy. He ripped a shot over the shoulder of goalie Philippe McNabb.
Less than three minutes later, Richmond’s Ethan Gauthier intercepted a pass at the blue line and beat McNabb for his second goal of the year to tie the score.
The Tikis regained momentum but Richmond goalie Derian Johnson stuffed two breakaways and was solid on a couple of goalmouth scrambles.
With 6:25 left to play, Grant Cooper caught the Tikis on a line change and hit Dioszeghy with a long, crisp pass, sending the Richmond winger in for his seventh of the year to put the Royals ahead 4-3.
Johnson made 30 saves for the win.
The week began Tuesday with the Royals knocking off the Ottawa Junior Canadians 6-4. It was only the fourth regular season loss of the year for the Canadians.
Ethan Greene had two goals and two assists for the Royals, while Curran Gilmour and Adam Goodfellow both a goal and an assist. Patrick Yates and Ryan Mann also scored. Asa MacFarlane and Connor Gilchrest both had two assists, while Willem Brandt and Evan Burgess had one each. Johnson made 32 saves in the win.
On Saturday, Adam Goodfellow scored the game’s first three goals as they beat the Char-Lan Rebels 7-2 in Char-Lan. TK Mwamba, Curran Gilmour, Ryan Mann and Ethan Vaslet also scored for the Royals. Yates and Flanagan each had two assists with one each going to Taylor, Grant, Cooper, Dioszeghy, Owen Nevins, Owen Grundy, MacFarlane, Vaslet and Gilchrist.