Royals start 2012 off strong; win three in a row

Dan Boyd
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The Windsor Royals’ last game of the week proved to be their most offensive one as they shot down the Eastern Shore Jr. Mariners 9-2 in Middle Musquodoboit Jan. 7. The win followed a 2-1 victory Jan. 6 over the Brookfield Elks at the Hants Exhibition Arena and a 5-2 success in Sackville over the Blazers to open 2012.

Saturday evening, the Royals produced their second hungriest offensive show of the 2011-12 season as they scored a convincing win over the last place Mariners.  The win was somewhat even more satisfying for the Royals as the Mariners had proven to be a thorn in the side to Windsor in two previous games this year, defeating the Royals twice. Windsor was not fooling around when they hit the ice Jan. 7, taking period leads of 3-1 and 5-2 before finishing the Mariners off with four third period goals for a convincing 9-2 victory.  

Allan Power, who has been a steady defensive player all season for Windsor, broke through with his biggest offensive game of the season, scoring once and adding three assists. Brian Naugle scored once and added two helpers while the team's leading scorer Erik Jackaman, and Windsor's own Brandon Parker, connected for a goal and an assist each.

Before the night was over, Jory Uhlman connected for a pair, and J.F. LeFort scored once and added two assists. Rounding out the scoring was newcomer Braden Mercier, who tallied one, and Ryan Getson, who scored his 11th goal of the season. Windsor outshot the Mariners 39-26.



Royals eke out 2-1 win over Elks

The Royals had countless scoring opportunities but the Brookfield Elks’ netminder was up to the task almost each and every time the Royals applied any pressure.

The Elks opened the game's scoring 28 seconds into the first period, taking advantage of a deflection off a Royals’ skate. The goal slipped by Windsor goaltender Tyler Whynot, however, it was the only goal he would allow the entire game.

With just 3:57 gone in the opening period, Braden Mercier, playing only his second game as a Royal, took a sensational pass and evened the score. It stayed 1-1 until late in the third period when, on an almost identical play, Luke Short scored with assists going to Brandon Parker and David Hayes.

Windsor outshot the Elks 37-21, but the Elks did apply some pressure in the late stages of the game.

When Parker took a two-minute slashing penalty, the Brookfield Elks kept the pressure on in the Windsor end as they tried to tie the game. However, they had difficulty directing their shots on goal, with at least three shots sailing 10 feet over the Windsor net.

The Royals had a goal disallowed during the game after Uhlman, off a pass from LeFort, backhanded the puck past the Elks’ netminder. The referee waved the goal off because the net had become dislodged from its moorings.

Joe MacDougall came the closest to getting a third goal for Windsor when he swept around the net, keeping the puck on the ice and going for the short side only to have the Elks netminder put his blocker down and prevent any chance of the puck entering the net.

Whynot thwarted the Elks’ attempts to tie the game, and made a superb glove save on a Brookfield blast from the point to keep the game from going to overtime.


Royals clip Sackville 5-2

Windsor went into the Jan. 2 game in Sackville without their team captain, assistants LeFort and Nathan Little, and goaltender Jacob McKendry, but still managed a 5-2 win over the fourth place Blazers.

The Royals started slow and just 24 seconds into the game, Sackville was in front 1-0 on a bang-bang play in front of the Windsor net. It would be the only Sackville goal until the final minute of the game.

The Blazers led 1-0 after 20 minutes.

The second period was a different story as Windsor controlled the period from the beginning to the end, outshooting the Blazers 19-7.  

Parker opened the scoring for the Royals, skating hard with the puck, moving into the tip of the two face-off circles and letting a slapshot go to tie the game.  Just two minutes later, Jeff Longaphy let a booming shot go from the point and Naugle, who was alone in front of the net, shoved the rebound home.

The Royals even dominated when they were short-handed. When they were killing off a two-minute tripping minor to Getson, Longaphy, who played a great game on defence, let a shot go from the point that hit the Blazers’ netminder in the mask, shaking him up.

The third period was similar to the second as the Royals scored three times on efforts from Jake Galbraith, Getson and Logan Phillips to take a 5-1 lead before the Blazers closed the scoring in the final minute.



Dan Boyd, the Hants Journal’s freelance sports writer, took over the role of interim president for the Windsor Royals near the end of 2011.



Organizations: Mariners, Hants Journal

Geographic location: Windsor, Sackville, Middle Musquodoboit

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