Royals skate out of break with victory over Celtics

GUELPH – The Ross Royals showed little effect of having more than three weeks away from District 10 high school girls’ hockey league play Monday as they tripled the Bishop Macdonell Celtics 9-3.

“Everyone put in a pretty good effort and it was a pretty even scoring for everyone,” Ross forward Lauren Brulotte who scored four times in the game. “We all put in the effort and had fun so it was a pretty good game.”

The Royals were glad to have their first game after the holiday break under their belts before a clash with the Centre Wellington Falcons Thursday. The Falcons lead the league at 8-0-1-0, but have two games in hand on the runner-up Royals who are at 6-0-1-0. Bishop Mac is third at 5-5-0.

“This was a little warm-up,” Brulotte said. “We have to prepare. We have a practice tomorrow morning so it’s really important to get back in the swing of things and focus on how we can beat CW.”

Monday, the score was tied 1-1 midway through the first period, but that tie didn’t last long as the Royals scored 16 seconds after the Celtics had tied the score. Ross was ahead 3-1 at the end of the first period and 6-1 after the second.

Brulotte led the Royals with a four-goal outing while Olivia Sarabura had a pair of goals and Avery Lomax, Taylor Doyle and Dylan Meredith each scored once. Doyle and Sarabura each had four assists while single assists were awarded to Alexandra Elmslie, Caroline Rossl, Lomax, Sarah Mainprize and Emma Walker.

Charly Finoro was in net for the Royals while Sam Ponton was in net for the Celtics.

Jenna Reia, Devan MacDonald and Julia Tonin each had a goal for Bishop Mac while Morgan Boudreau had two assists and Sam Stamp, Reia and Tonin each had one assist.

While the Royals had a nine-goal performance, their defensive play might have pleased them more.

“We have a lot of really good forwards so our defense has to be really strong,” Brulotte said. “They’ve been doing really well this year so we’re all excited to see what happens Thursday and see how the game goes well.”

Players from both teams got a chance to work off some of the holiday eatings as there shouldn’t have been any complaints of a lack of ice time. The Celtics had 11 players suited up for the game while the Royals had 15.

Centre Wellington and Ross are to meet Thursday at the Victoria Road arena. Game time is 2 p.m.

 

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