Deloraine Royals: Welcome
First Round Playoff - Souris Elks Defeat Deloraine Royals 3 Games to 0 ( Best of 5 )
Wed. Feb. 1 - 8:30 pm - Doc Bonar Arena - Deloraine ( Final score 4-0 Souris )
Fri. Feb. 3 - 8:00 pm - Murray Arena - Souris ( Final Score 3 - 2 Souris )
Sat. Feb. 4 - 8:00 pm - Murray Arena - Souris ( Final Score 5 - 3 Souris EN )
Royals' Season Comes to an End - Sat. Feb. 4
Final Score: Souris Elks 5 ( EN ) - Deloraine Royals 3
The hockey season came to an abrupt end for the Royals on Saturday night, February 4 in Souris. The Elks handed the Royals a 3 game sweep and put them out of the Tiger Hills Hockey League Playoffs. The Elks built up an early 3-0 lead after 2 periods before the Royals could muster a goal by Reid Hunter at the start of the 3rd to narrow the deficit to 3-1. Souris added another tally at the 12:33 mark before the Royals mounted a comeback effort late in the period on goals by Jay Sunaert and Brett Morrison to close the gap to 4-3. With Royals' goalie Cody Matthewson on the bench in favour of an extra attacker, Deloraine pushed for the equalizer but at the 19:32 mark Jonathon Filewich scored in the empty net to solidify the victory and the 1st Round Playoff for Souris.
1. Hunter - unassisted
2. J. Sunaert - S. Olson - Nelson
3. Morrison - S. Olson - Nicholson
The Royals would like to thank all the fans that supported them throughout the season as well as the numerous volunteers who assisted the team throughout the year. Some of those deserving special thanks are:
- Coach Mike Vanrobaeys
- Bob Carlson & all his time box crew
- Janice Moffat & all the 50/50 workers
- Kim Sunaert, Barb Williams, Don Morrison & Mike Vanrobaeys ( Hat Pool Collection )
- Rendezvous Restaurant ( 3 Stars and Official Restaurant of the Royals )
- RBC Staff for photocopying programs
- Craig Adams ( ice ) & Roy Hathaway ( gate )
- All those who donated to and made purchases at the annual Royals' Steak Fry & Auction
Royals Lose Heartbreaker With 4 Seconds to Play - Fri. Feb. 3
Final Score: Souris Elks 3 - Deloraine Royals 2
Four seconds was all that stood between the Deloraine Royals and a possible overtime victory in Game 2 of the West Division First Round Playoff versus the Souris Elks. The Royals held the Elks scoreless in the opening period however early in the 2nd frame Souris got on the board to take a 1-0 lead. Andrew Vercaigne pulled the Royals even at the 11:13 mark but a little more than a minute later the Elks regained the 2-1 lead going into the final period. At the 8:28 mark of the 3rd, Cody Nelson got the Royals even once again assisted by Chris Manshreck and Jay Sunaert. It looked like the game was headed to OT when speedy Elks' forward Jonathon Filewich took a pass in full flight and blew by the Royals' defenders to score the winning goal with 4 seconds remaining in the game. The Royals were outshot in the game 52-25 and there was no doubt that the stellar play of goaltender Cody Matthewson was a big reason the Royals were in this one till the very end.
1. Vercaigne - Barnes - K. Sunaert
2. Nelson - Manshreck - J. Sunaert
Royals Drop Game 1 Playoff Match - Wed. Feb. 1
Final Score: Souris Elks 4 - Deloraine Royals 0
In Game 1 of the West Division 1st Round Playoff vs. the Souris Elks the Royals offense sputtered and could not capitalize on the opportunities they had as the Elks posted a 4-0 victory. Royals' goalie Cody Matthewson held up his end with solid netminding but the Royals appeared to be a step behind the Elks for most of the game. The Elks jumped out in front 2-0 in the 1st period and after a scoreless 2nd period added an additional 2 tallies in the final period to skate away with the win. The Royals will have to contain the top line of the Elks who accounted for 3 out of their 4 goals. Game 2 and 3 of the playoff continues on Friday and Saturday night in Souris. ( Feb. 3rd and 4th ) The Royals must pull out at least one win on the weekend for their season to continue.
Royals Close Out League on Winning Note - Fri. Jan. 27
Final Score: Deloraine Royals 7 - Melita Bisons 3
Deloraine opened up the scoring 5 minutes into the game with a goal by Jordan Barnes, assisted by Ty Moffat and Reid Hunter but the Bisons replied quickly with 2 goals of their own to take a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period. They added to that lead early in the 2nd to go up 3-1 however the flood gates opened for the Royals shortly after as they registered 4 unanswered goals by Cody Nelson, Kelsey Sunaert, Ty Moffat and Rick Nicholson to jump out in front 5-3 after 2 periods. In the final period Deloraine extended the lead with the 2nd tallies of the night from Jordan Barnes and Ty Moffat. The win was an important one for the Royals as it secured 5th place for them and avoided a one game sudden death game heading into the playoffs. Deloraine will now take on the Souris Elks in a first round best of 5 series. Souris will get home game advantage. The schedule is listed above.
1. Barnes - Moffat - Hunter
2. Nelson - Bell - M. Olson
3. K. Sunaert - M. Olson - Morrison ( pp )
4. Moffat - S. Olson - M. Olson
5. Nicholson - Nelson - Bell
6. Barnes - Morrison - Bell
7. Moffat - K. Sunaert - M. Olson
Royals Upcoming 50th Anniversary
After some additional research the Royals have determined that despite there being a team playing out of Deloraine 50 years ago (Brandon Jr. B Team ), an actual Deloraine Senior Team does not appear to have been on the scene until the Fall of 1967 and the first season in 67-68 appears to be played as an exhibition only debut. The actual Royals' name came into existence in the 68-69 season when the team adopted the Royals' identity and played their inaugural season in the South Division of the Southwest Hockey League along with the Boissevain Border Kings, Pierson Bruins, Waskada Comets, Killarney Shamrocks and Brandon University Bobcats. The Royals donned new uniforms this season to celebrate and recognize their upcoming 50th Anniversary Season and will continue to plan events to celebrate this accomplishment when it is reached.
Come out to a Royals' game this season as they approach their 50th Year of Senior Hockey in Deloraine!