South Island Royals stymie Cougars

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November 10, 2013, Victoria (ISN) – In a Sunday morning showdown at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals welcomed the Cariboo Cougars for the finale of a two game weekend set. The Royals started Markus Daly in net, while the Cougars replied with Lane Delfs.

South Island opened the scoring just over five minutes into the game on their first powerplay opportunity. With the puck jammed between the left skate of Delfs and the right post, Royals’ forward Haydn Hopkins banged away as the puck barely squeaked over the goal line for the 1-0 advantage. Cariboo responded late in the period to tie the game at 1-1. From the top of the right face-off circle, defender Scott Cullen found Riley Pettitt in the slot who quickly tipped the puck past the outstretched glove of Daly. Hopkins had a breakaway before the end of the frame, but found his deke hit the side of the net as the teams headed into the first intermission tied 1-1.

South Island went back in front on their second powerplay goal just before the five minute mark of the middle stanza. From the high slot, Hopkins rifled a shot on goal that Delfs turned aside, but Jacob Malloch pounced on the loose rebound to give the Royals a 2-1 advantage. The Cougars looked to respond minutes later on a four minute powerplay with the best opportunity coming off the stick of Cole Morris. The Cariboo forward received the puck in the slot, but was stoned point-blank by the left pad of Daly as South Island continued to lead 2-1. The Royals’ goaltender continued to stand tall as he turned aside all 11 shots he faced in the period as South Island headed into the second intermission up 2-1.

The Royals added to their lead just over a minute into the final frame. Forward Brandon Tutte corralled a loose puck in the left circle before he spun around and fired a shot through the legs of the Cougars’ goaltender. Tutte collected his second of the period before the five minutes mark on a superb individual effort. The South Island forward took the puck in the neutral zone and burst past a Cariboo defender before he made nice backhand deke around Delfs to give the Royals a 4-1 lead. Jeremy Matte replaced Delfs in the Cougars’ net after South Island’s fourth marker. With seven minutes remaining in the game, Cariboo was awarded a five-on-three man advantage as they looked to close the three goal gap. On the powerplay, the Cougars were able to move the puck around the Royals’ zone, but Daly continued to shut the door as the opportunity was negated with South Island going on to earn the victory. Royals 4 Cougars 1

Cariboo outshot South Island 36-31.

The Royals next home game will come Saturday, November 23rd when they host the North Island Silvertips for an all island showdown. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.