South Island Royals rally past Chiefs

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October 20, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – In a Sunday morning contest at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals took on the Vancouver NE Chiefs in the second game of a doubleheader. The Royals started Markus Daly in net, while the Chiefs looked to Jakob Severson.

The games first marker came less than five minutes in as South Island converted on their first powerplay of the morning. After some nice puck movement around the Chiefs’ zone, the puck came to Garnett Roberts at the point who fired a bullet past a screened Severson for a 1-0 advantage. Vancouver NE looked to respond on a powerplay of their own seven minutes from the period break. The puck came to defender Jordan Henderson at the left point who skated in and hammered a shot on net that beat Daly, but rang off the crossbar back into play. The Royals took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Chiefs looked to tie the game up early into the middle period when they were granted a four minute man advantage, but found their chances stymied by Daly and the South Island defenders. Vancouver NE found their tying marker just before the 10 minute mark as Caleb Fantillo broke in alone and rifled a shot over the glove of the Royals’ keeper. The tie only lasted minutes as South Island retook their lead off a five-on-three man advantage. Defenceman Tomba Huddlestan fed a nice cross-zone pass to Jordan Martin at the right of the net who quickly converted it passed Severson. After 40 minutes of play the Royals led 2-1.

Vancouver NE knotted the game up 2-2 in the opening minutes of the final stanza when Lucien Serban found the top corner with a shot from the left face-off dot. The tie was short lived however as South Island grabbed their third powerplay marker of the game. Huddlestan corralled the puck on the blue line and let a seeing-eye wrist shot go that beat a screened Severson. Kayden Peck then put the Royals up by two before the midway point of the frame after he burst down right wing and snapped a shot over the glove of the Chiefs’ goaltender. Matthew Davis quickly replied for Vancouver NE as he tucked a shot passed Daly from in tight to push the score to 4-3. With a minute left in the contest, the Chiefs pulled Severson for the extra attacker, but Haydn Hopkins buried an empty net tally to preserve the victory. Royals 5 Chiefs 3

South Island outshot Vancouver NE 36-30.

Next weekend the Royals will travel to Kootenay for two games against the Ice. South Island’s next home series will come two weeks from now when they welcome the Okanagan Rockets. Game one will take place on Saturday, November 2nd at 12:00 p.m., with game two the following day at 10:00 a.m. Both games will be played at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.