Royals lose playoff series with East Hants 4-1

Dan Boyd
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Published on March 05, 2012

Austin Himmelman fires a shot at net. Melvin Day was in nets for the Penguins for their double overtime win over the Windsor Royals Feb.29.

Published on March 05, 2012

Royals goaltender Jacob McKendry made many difficult saves during Game 4 of the playoff series with the Penguins. The Royals lost in double overtime.

Published on March 05, 2012

Royals goaltender Jacob McKendry made many difficult saves during Game 4 of the playoff series with the Penguins. It took double overtime for the Penguins to sneak one past McKendry and win the game.

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Jory Uhlman added a single marker for the Royals during Game 4 against the East Hants Penguins.

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Teammates congratulate Jory Uhlman on his goal.

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Royals goaltender Jacob McKendry made many difficult saves during Game 4 of the playoff series with the Penguins. The Royals lost in double overtime.

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Royals goaltender Jacob McKendry peers out around Penguins captain Justin Campbell.

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Brandon Parker and Luke Short head back to the bench after Parker added a single marker in the Royals double overtime loss to the Penguins Feb. 29.

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The Royals’ Braden Mercier scored twice in Game 4 of the playoff series with the East Hants Penguins. The Royals lost the game in double overtime.

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The Penguins and Royals battle to control the puck in front of the net.

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The Penguins celebrate a third period goal while the Royals look on.

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Bob Dill and Josh Dill discuss a questionable call with the referees.

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Melvin Day blocks Brian Naugle's attempt on net.

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Melvin Day blocks Brian Naugle's attempt on net.

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Penguins defenseman Jonathan Clarke shoves Brandon Parker hard into the net after he nearly collided with the goalie.

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Melvin Day blocks Brian Naugle's attempt on net.

The Windsor Royals' 2011-12 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League season came to an end in Lantz March 2 before a sold-out Sportsplex.

The Royals lost 4-2 to the East Hants Penguins, losing the Fred Fox Best of Seven Divisional Semi-Final series 4-1.

The Penguins' Cody Anthony, with 1:41 to play in regulation, seemingly ended the Royals season before the Penguins added an empty net goal with 42 seconds left to salt the game away.

Jacob McKendry kept the Royals in the game with three minutes left in the third period as he came out on a breakaway and made a flying poke check meeting the East Hants defender head on to keep the score tied at 2-2. The save came moments after Brian Naugle and Jory Uhlman went in close short-handed, with Ryan Getson in the penalty box, only to be stopped cold by the Penguins netminder Melvin Day.

The first period was sluggish for the Royals as they were outshot 15-6 by the hometown team. McKendry made his first major save of the night with an East Hants player shooting one from behind the net, with the puck somehow managing to make it into the Royals crease area before McKendry covered it.

Matt Fortune put the Penguins up 1-0 just 5:13 into the game with players crashing into the net and McKendry not having much of a chance.

The two teams traded shots off the crossbar and the goalpost before the first period concluded.

The second period was a different story and with just 3:27 gone, Brandon Parker seized the opportunity to steal the puck, going in on a clear breakaway and putting it through Day's pads. Parker's goal was unassisted.

McKendry came up with another huge save with the score tied at 1-1 as he stopped a breakaway, going down to block the shot with his pads. The East Hants player was not able to pick up the rebound and dump it over him. As a result, Joe MacDougall and David Hayes picked the puck and skated hard toward the East Hants end with Hayes dumping high to the left side of Day to give the Royals a 2-1 lead with 8:33 to play in the second period. However, just 11 seconds later, McKendry made a phenomenal pad save on a Penguins player but he could not contain the rebound and East Hants fired it into an empty net to tie the score 2-2, which is the way it stayed until Anthony's goal with 1:41 remaining in regulation.  

East Hants will now play the winner of the Sackville Blazers-St. Margaret's Bay Ducks series in the Fred Fox Divisional Final. This series is expected to start this weekend.

Going into Monday night's game in Sackville, the Blazers were leading the Ducks 3-2.

 

 

Double overtime thrills crowd

Game 4 of the series was a game that lasted 82 minutes and was not decided until there were three minutes left in the second overtime.

On Feb. 29, the Royals led 4-3 with 13 seconds left in regulation until a seemingly bad deflection caught McKendry off guard.

East Hants took an early 1-0 lead in this game as the Penguins slid one right across the goal crease.

The Royals did not have a great first period Wednesday as they gave the puck away different times forcing McKendry, named the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League's Goaltender of the year prior to the game, to be extra sharp.

Then with 2:54 to play in the opening frame, Getson and J.F. Lefort, with some hard work behind the net, got it in front to Braden Mercier who found an opening to tie the game 1-1.

Just 16 seconds later, the Penguins came back strong. With the puck right at the Royals' door, the net was knocked from its moorings and the goal was disallowed.

Less than seven minutes into the second period, Mitchell Egli put East Hants ahead 2-1 but a power-play goal by Uhlman, with less than four minutes to play in the second, knotted the score at 2-2.

The Royals were forced to play two men short for 44 seconds early in the third period and Uhlman made a tremendous block on an East Hants shot while the Royals were short-handed.

Then with 9:36 to play in the third period, the Royals' Jake Galbraith and Mark Swain made nice passes to put the puck onto the stick of Parker who fired a shot low to the Penguins goaltender's left hand side and Windsor was in front 3-2.

Like the tying goal with 13 seconds left in the third, the Penguins' Tyson Aalders who scored that goal, also tied the game at 3-3 on another soft deflection that handcuffed McKendry.

Mercier tied it on a scramble in front of the East Hants net after two initial saves, giving the Royals a 4-3 lead with 5:41 to play before the tying goal, which sent the game to overtime.

The first overtime started with the teams feeling each other out. By the start of the second overtime, the Royals had really picked up their game and had fans cheering.

The Royals certainly took the play to East Hants but could not get one past their goaltender.

Naugle and Lefort both had excellent scoring chances in the second overtime, as did other Royals, but any hope of tying the series at 2-2 and forcing a sixth game back in Windsor March 3 ended when Trevor Thorne of the Penguins picked up a loose puck with 3:23 to play in the second overtime and let a shot go to beat McKendry unassisted.

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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: Penguins, Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, Anthony's Hants Journal

Geographic location: East Hants, Sackville, Windsor

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