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Royals Successful in Home Opener
The Royals return to Corner Brook was a success, not only because of the warm embrace felt throughout the city but because on the ice, the Royals came up big to take their home opener by a score of 3-2.
Corner Brook Royals fans were treated to what many in the city are calling one of the best games of hockey they had watched in years. The Clarenville Caribous rolled into town and in the first period, the Caribous scored early at the 3:58 mark when Keith Delaney hit the mesh on a nice feed from Ryan Desrosiers. The Royals Michael Hynes scored late in the period on a goal assisted by Brandon Nicholas and Derick martin, knotting the score at 1-1 as both teams headed into the dressing room.
The second period saw the teams exchange goals as Matt Bragg scored for the Royals. Brad Crann responded for the Caribous just a few minutes later. Teams headed into the dressing room tied at 2-2.
In the third period, the Corner Brook Royals appeared to be slowing down, forcing goaltender Brian Gillis to make several big saves to keep his team into the match. At the other end of the ice, the Caribous goaltender Ryan Mior responded with several big saves as well. The two teams remained tied at 2 forcing a shoot-out.
The Royals emerged victorious from the shoot-out, taking game 1 of the series by a score of 3-2. Gillis picked up the win for the Royals facing 42 shots. Mior was tagged with the loss facing just 32 shots.
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