Nicholas Paying Early Dividends

Updated: November 2, 2014

When the Corner Brook Royals picked up Brandon Nicholas in a trade with the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, some fans questioned who had gotten the better deal.  However, in their opening game against the Clarenville Caribous, the Corner Brook Royals received a great performance from Nicholas who netted the first two goals of the game.

With the score 2-0, the Clarenville Caribous squad struck back as Doug O’Brien scored making it 2-1 but that was as close as the Bous would come.

The Royals Hunter Tremblay and Matt Bragg both added singles.  Import Phil Mangan and Dane Marshall chipped in a pair of assists.  The Royals received stellar goaltending from Brian Gillis, stopping 42 shots.  The Royals mustered only 24 shots but capitalized on each opportunity they received, taking the game by a final score of 4-1.

It was clear from the very start of the game that the Royals were a little shaky on the ice and at times looked a little over-matched by the Caribous.  However, as the game progressed and the new look Royals started to see more ice time their play gradually improved.  Despite giving up the 42 shots, the Royals management and coach were pleased with the performance, indicating that the defensive squad gave Gillis an opportunity to see the puck and that was one of the keys to victory.  They are hoping that as the team gels more in the season the opposition will see their number of shots decreasing.

The Royals and Caribous head back to the ice at 1:30 today.  You can follow the updates on our Newfoundland Hockey Talk Discussion Forum.

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