This weekend was about more than hockey. Prior to each game, the Royals recognized all veterans in attendance with standing ovations, ceremonial puck drops and the playing of our national anthem. A small gesture to thank those who proudly served our nation.
Royals vs Team Philadelphia
Saturday afternoon's game between the Royals and Team Philadelphia began with a ceremonial puck drop by US Army Veteran Rich Hazen, proud grandfather of our very own #89 JD.
Royals #71 DJ got things started just 2:57 into the first period with a great setup by Aiden C. A pair of Team Philadelphia goals would send the Royals into intermission looking for answers.
Team Philadelphia would send a flurry of shots the Royals way but Connor R. and his defense had answers. The Royals would respond in the second with a goal from #18 Bryan M. Team Philly had the advantage in shots, but that was about it.
The players and coaches rallied in the 2nd Intermission and came out firing on all cylinders in the third. The Royals were focused and hungry for the win, they dominated the entire period, scoring two more goals and out shooting their opponents 14-11. Both third period goals were scored by #24 Noah G with assists from #88 Kane P. and captain #17 Adam C.
Team Philadelphia 2
Royals vs Blazers
Sunday afternoon's games would continue with the recognition of our Veterans honoring US Marine Staff Sargent Vince Prozzillo, US Army Veteran Rich Hazen and US Marine Anthony Matz, Sr. along with Dean Prozzillo who is currently stationed in Pensicola, Florida,
The first period was rough. The Blazers finished the period with an advantage in goals, 3-0, and shots, 16-3. But for the second time this weekend, the Royals would rally at intermission under the guidance of their coaches. The Royals doubled their opponents shots, 16-8 in the 2nd, and netted 4 unanswered goals from #71 DJ. #35 Matt, #17 Adam and #18 Bryan.
Just 40 seconds into the 3rd, the Blazers would tie the game. With that goal and an early Power Play, the Blazers had the advantage. Just 2 seconds after the Royals penalty expired, and too soon before the Royals could reset, the Blazers regained the lead - a lead they would not relinquish.
Royals - 4
Blazers - 5