Ross Royals skate into CWOSSA AAA semifinals

FERGUS – The District 4/10 champion Ross Royals reached the semifinals of the CWOSSA high school boys’ AAA hockey championship tournament at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex with a win and a loss in round-robin pool play Monday.

The Royals dropped their first game 9-4 to the Elmira Lancers before rebounding with an 8-2 win over Brantford’s Assumption Lions in their other match.

In the loss to Elmira, the Royals yielded five power-play goals.

Elmira scored four goals in two minutes and six seconds in the second period. The Royals led 3-2 at the end of the first period, but the Lancers were up 7-4 at the end of the second.

Adam Best had two goals for the Royals while Adam Nightingale and Callum Snedden added single goals. One assist each were recorded by Nightingale, Callum Snedden, Connor Snedden, Noah Van Dam, Liam Thompson and Nick Garcia.

Eric Lacey and Joel Washington netted two goals apiece for Elmira while single goals were recorded by Isiah Katsube, Ryan Elliot, Jake Clemmer, Owen Lee and Jeriah Shantz. Katsube and Tyler Moore each had three assists while Eric Martin had two assists and Washington, Elliot, Clemmer, Lee and Lucas Huber each had one.

Ross got a quick start in its game with Assumption as the Royals led 5-1 at the end of the first period and they were up 7-2 at the end of the second.

Chris Cabeldu tallied twice for the Royals while Van Dam, Tyler Baxter, Callum Snedden, Connor Snedden, Nightingale and Cam Byers each scored once. Connor Snedden had three assists while Van Dam, Callum Snedden, Nightingale, Best and Thompson each had one.

Lucas Braja and Austin Guigovocz scored the goals for Assumption while assists were awarded to Mike Papple and Ryan Comeau.

Elmira dropped Assumption in the other game in their pool.

In the other pool, Kitchener CI edged St. Mary’s of Kitchener 3-2 and dumped Owen Sound 10-0 while St. Mary’s defeated Owen Sound 7-1.

In Tuesday’s semifinals, Ross is to play Kitchener CI at 9:30 a.m. and St. Mary’s and Elmira are to play at 10 a.m.

Semifinal winners gain berths in the 2 p.m. championship match.


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