Royals drop Sackville Blazers 8-3

Dan Boyd
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The Royals won their 10th game in 14 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League games this season, downing the Sackville Blazers 8-3 Nov. 11.

The Royals opened the scoring with a pair of goals 17 seconds apart just over five minutes in the opening period.

Logan Phillips, who finished the night with a hat trick, scored his first of the game on a tip in from the point with assists going to Jory Uhlman and Brian Naugle. Naugle collected four assists on the evening to move into the top five scoring race for the club.

Just 17 seconds later, Eric Banks connected with assists going to Jake Galbraith and Joe MacDougall.

Sackville almost made it 2-1 about 30 second later if it were not for a brilliant pad save by Mitch Culley.

The Royals went up 3-0 on Phillips’ second goal of the game before the Blazers responded with a power-play goal 31 seconds after Banks was sent off for roughing. The Blazers added another power-play goal to move within 3-2 before the Royals connected on their own power-play. Erik Jackaman scored his first of two goals on the night. The two goals for Jackaman now gives him 13 on the season.  He scored the Royals eighth and final goal of the game 11:44 into the third period. Banks scored a pair for the Royals and Uhlman had a single tally.  

The Royals opened their lead up to 6-2 after 40 minutes, the second period being a wild one as a total of six goals were scored to go along with 32 minutes in penalties.

In the third period, Sackville took their frustration out on the Royals. Ninety minutes in penalties were whistled down for the third period.

The Royals outshot Sackville 47-23.

In a strange incident in the first half of the final period, the Blazers’ Aaron MacDonald removed his helmet and began an altercation with the Royals’ Jeff Longaphy by head-butting him in the waist. The two then hit the ice. During the altercation, MacDonald separated his shoulder and was taken from the Hants Exhibition Arena by ambulance to the Hants Community Hospital. Mark McNeil and Payton Tench squared off in the other fisticuffs.


Royal crowns:

 The Royals took on Sackville Nov. 14, winning 6-3 in the conclusion of the home and home series. This means they are tied with the Bay Ducks for first place. Each team has 24 points each.

• The Royals are on the road Nov. 18 to play in East Hants. The Royals have played them only once during the regular season, winning 3-1 in Lantz back in early October.

• The Royals next home game will be against the Mariners from the Eastern Shore on Nov. 25 at 7:45 p.m.

It will also be moustache night as the Royals are participating in Movember. Fans, players and executives alike will be judged for best moustache with the top five selected by judges getting a prize.

The judges will be Mike Kydd, the business development manager for Prostate Cancer Canada for the Atlantic region, Hants West MLA Chuck Porter and Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley.

Also on Nov. 25, every child under the age of 12 will have $1 reduced from the price of admission if an adult accompanies them to the game.


Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, Eric Banks, Hants Community Hospital Prostate Cancer Canada

Geographic location: East Hants, Atlantic

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