Despite the fact Erik Jackaman of the Windsor Royals leads the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League with six power-play goals, including his sixth in Friday night's 3-2 home shoot-out loss to the St. Margaret's Bay Ducks, the Royals, as a team, will have to find a way to put the puck in the net if they hope to win a championship this season.
In the two losses to the Ducks this past weekend, the Royals outshot the Ducks 89-68 but could only manage three goals on the 89 shots taken on the Ducks goaltender Thomas Nicholson.
As for the Royals power-play, they are three for 25 over their past five games, so that needs some work as well.
The Royals are struggling to find the net. The team has scored 58 goals on the season and 25 of them have come in two games, leaving the other 33 spread over 11 games. The two big offensive performances came earlier this season when they dropped Pictou 13-1 and Sackville 12-2.
However, they have some great goaltending and had some tremendous defensive performances.
On Nov. 5, the Royals outshot the Ducks 51-36 but missed some excellent scoring opportunities in the process. As for those who did score for the Royals, Joe MacDougall scored with just 40 seconds left in the second period to give Windsor their first goal of the game. This came shortly after Windsor killed off two minor penalties while playing two men down. Jackaman, with the power-play marker, tied it for the Royals at a pair with 10:40 to play in the third period.
One of the Ducks' power-play goals was disallowed as the referee said it went via a high stick.
The game then went into overtime tied at 2-2 and stayed that way after five minutes. During the shootout, only one goal was scored in six attempts and that was by the Ducks' Doug Hore.
Logan Phillips, of the Royals, saw an excellent stick save made on his shootout attempt. Jackaman's attempt was stopped cold on a nice pad save and when Nathan Little made the final attempt for the Royals, he was stopped cold as well. Adam Woodland took the Ducks' final shootout attempt and came barrelling down at McKendry. The pair ended up in a collision with Woodland flying over the Royals goaltender and into the net without a goal.
Saturday evening in St. Margaret's Bay, the Ducks scored a pair of power-play goals and upped that lead to 3-1 after 40 minutes, which is the way the score stayed.
Jackaman was the only Royals' scorer, earning his eleventh goal of the season with 14:26 gone in the second period for the final goal of the game.
The Royals had a 38-32 shots advantage but the story was quite similar to Friday night in Windsor as the Royals struggled time and time again to find the net and put the puck in it.
The Bay Ducks now have a record of 10-1 on the season for 20 points and hold two games in hand on the Royals, who fell to 9-2-2 for 20 points in the Fred Fox Division standings.
The East Hants Penguins, with a win and a loss over the weekend, stand at 8-2-1 for 17 points and only three back of the Ducks and Royals.