by Bryden Burrell
January 26, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – On a Sunday morning at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals played host to the Kootenay Ice for the finale of a two game weekend set. The Royals gave Markus Daly the start in net, while the Ice went with Carson Schamerhorn.
South Island’s Cameron Coutre had best chance to open the scoring in the opening half of the first period as he broke in all alone on Schamerhorn, but found his shot ring off the post. Kootenay responded just after the 10 minute mark of the frame with the game’s first marker as a bouncing puck deflected off Coy Prevost in the crease and past an outstretched Daly. The Ice then doubled their lead only minutes later as a rebound fell to the stick of Ross Armour to the left of the crease who quickly tapped it past the Royals’ netminder. Kootenay held a 2-0 advantage after 20 minutes of play.
South Island cut the Ice lead in half with their first tally just before the halfway point of the middle stanza. In the slot, forward Haydn Hopkins stole the puck before he deked around Schamerhorn and centered a pass to Kayden Peck for the easy tap into the vacant cage. Kootenay regained their two goal lead with five minutes to play in the second period as Kadrian Klimhchuk finished off a pass from Ryan Neil that beat Daly through the legs. After 40 minutes of play the scoreboard read 3-1 in favor of the Ice.
Kootenay added back-to-back goals from Mitch Titus and Sawyer Hunt to open the final period as their lead was stretched to 5-1. The Royals responded just past the 10 minute mark as Nick Guiney rifled a shot over the shoulder of Schamerhorn on an extended five-on-three man advantage to bring South Island within three. With one minute remaining in the game, the Royals pulled Daly for the extra attacker and were rewarded with their third as Guiney corralled a rebound in the crease and fired it past the Kootenay goaltender. With the goalie still pulled, South Island continued to press and found their fourth courtesy of Haydn Hopkins who batted a puck out of the air that eluded the glove of Schamerhorn. The Royals then looked to tie the game with their third goal in the final minute, but the Ice held on to earn the victory. Ice 5 Royals 4
South Island will now play their next five games on the road as they travel to play the Okanagan Rockets, Cariboo Cougars and North Island Silvertips. The Royals will return home on Sunday, February 23rd when they welcome the Silvertips to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Puck-drop is set for 9:45 a.m.
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