November 23, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – On a Saturday afternoon at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals welcomed their Vancouver Island rival, the North Island Silvertips, for the first of a two game home-and-home set. The Royals gave Chris Smith the start in net, while the Silvertips responded with Liam Young.
The first period saw a run-and-gun style of play as both teams exchanged scoring opportunities. The best chance to break the deadlock came off the stick of South Island forward Haydn Hopkins. On a two-on-one break, Nick Guiney fed Hopkins to the left of the North Island crease, but Young slid over to make the big, right pad stop. The first period ended with the teams scoreless.
The Royals looked to have their first goal of the game 10 seconds into the middle stanza, but Jacob Malloch found his shot from the left wing ring off the right post and go out of play. North Island responded only minutes later and were rewarded with the game’s opening tally. Defenceman Dylan Coghlan threw a shot on goal that Smith turned aside, but Tyler Madden was on the doorstep to bury the rebound for a 1-0 advantage. South Island knotted the game up 1-1on a man advantage just after the halfway point off the period. Forward Cameron Coutre broke down the left boards before he spotted defender Tomba Huddlestan in the high slot who rifled a shot over the glove of the Silvertips’ netminder. The 1-1 tie was short-lived as North Island regained the lead with just over five minutes to play in the frame. On a shorthanded rush, forward Carter Turnbull wired a shot past Smith from the right face-off circle for a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
The Silvertips found their third marker of the game eight minutes into the final frame on a powerplay. From the top of the left face-off circle, Turnbull fired a shot on goal that eluded the blocker of Smith as North Island led 3-1. The Royals answered back with seven minutes to play in game on their second powerplay goal of the game. Nick Guiney raced down the ice and weaved his way through a couple of Silvertips’ defenders before he circled the net and found Hopkins in the crease who quickly buried it in the back of the net. Smith was called to the bench with one minute to play for the extra attacker, but South Island were unable to convert before the final buzzer. Silvertips 3 Royals 2.
North Island outshot South Island 31-27.
The Royals and Silvertips will conclude their weekend home-and-home set tomorrow night in Nanaimo. Puck-drop is slated for 5:45 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. South Island’s next home game will take place on Saturday, December 14th when they welcome the Vancouver North West Giants to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Game-time will take place at 4:30 p.m.