The Redeemer Royals men’s hockey team took on the McMaster Marauders in a double header last week (Thursday and Friday), the games drew many fans from Redeemer and lived up to their hype. The Royals lost their first match up and won their second. This was the second set of matchups between the two teams this year; the rivalry was certainly evident as both teams came out hard.
McMaster was clearly the better team in the first game in this ‘Battle for the Mountain’ series as they quickly went up on the Royals 3-1 before the second period was over. This was the first game of the season that the team had played in front of its home crowd and the nervousness was evident throughout the entire game. For a while it seemed that the Royals might make a game of it but after the Marauder’s netted a few more, leaving the Royal’s at a 6-3 deficit, the team seemed to give up hope. A last minute decision to pull the goalie resulted in a 7-3 final in favour of McMaster.
Clearly determined to reflect the success the Royal’s hockey team had experienced all year, the Royals came out stronger in the second match up on the Friday night. Not only did the team look less sloppy but they began playing as a team. In contrast to the previous night, rather than the Royals playing catch up, the Marauders were the ones chasing for the win. Once again the ‘Loyal Royals’ showed up in packs encouraging the team as they outplayed the Marauders all game. Due to a few sloppy shifts in the third period the Marauders were able to make their way back into the game as they tied it up 4-4. This is how the game ended but the Royals were able to prove what they set out to do; they too are reflective of the Royal success we have seen all year across Redeemer sports.
Honourable mentions in the men’s hockey game are owed to the big saves of Justin Scholman and William Faber; often their stops were the game savers (literally). Strong defense was seen by the young pairing of Brad Kerkhof and Kurtis Devries while the offensive prowess of defense Wayne Otten was a continual threat to the Marauders. Lewis Tuininga, Andrew Bradica and Josh Elgeti were able to also add to the offensive strength of the Royals.
The men’s hockey team would like to thank all of the fans who attended the games it meant a lot to our team and also showed the McMaster team the strength behind our Athletic program, consistent support.
The result of a very successful season has now left the Royals ranked 4th overall going into the final OCCCR provincial hockey championships. The tournament runs this Thursday to Friday in Brantford at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. The hockey team would love to invite you to make the short 20 min drive to support us in our final tournament of the year, stay tuned for updates posted around the school.