The Markham Royals collected 3 of a possible 4 points in a weekend home-set against the Aurora Tigers and Oakville Blades. The Royals faced the Tigers on Friday night in a game that saw Markham get on the scoreboard early and the shot clock often, very often. The Royals had 10 shots in the game before Aurora even registered their first, eventually racking up a total of 58 shots on Brayden Lechance who started in the Tigers goal. The Royals had 5 different goal scores on the score sheet: Josh Hardiman, Lucas Condotta, Sam Hu, Rylee St. Onge and Doug Carter tallied while Eric Holland scored all three goals for the Tigers for the hat-trick.
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After unveiling their 2015-16 North Division Championship banner in a pregame celebration, the Markham Royals continued the party with a 4-1 win over the Pickering Panthers on Friday night. The win was Markham’s second of the season, their first on home ice, against a very young Panthers squad that held their own against the more veteran Royals lineup. “We knew they were going to work hard,” said Royals head coach Mike Galati after the game, “They are a real young and eager group that’s got some skill and speed. There were times where they outworked us, it took some time for us got get it going with the ceremony, we thought we would be okay if we didn’t get outworked the whole game and we were good enough to win”.
The Markham Royals began their 2016-17 campaign with a win on Saturday after taking a trip down the QEW to Burlington to face the Cougars. “It’s always good to get a win in your first game especially when you are on the road, playing against a good hockey team, and we had a good night,” said Royals Head Coach Mike Galati after the game, “it feels good that’s for sure”. The Royals got off to a bit of a slow start with a warm-up violation penalty to start the game, followed by a too-many men bench minor leading to an early Burlington goal and lead in the game. A situation that could go either way for a team playing it’s first game as a complete unit, with some new faces to the league, but the Coach was not worried. “That stuff happens,” said Galati, “I just said to the guys to just settle down, let’s regain focus. You are on the road, you are not familiar with surroundings, but I think we did an excellent job of refocusing and taking control”.
The Markham Royals punched their ticket to round two in dramatic fashion. It was a game that could only be described in one word as “Epic”. Markham trailed the Whitby Fury by three goals entering the third period, when the Royals scored four straight goals to take a 6 to 5 lead. The Fury tied the game up and took it in to OT where the Royals would win 7 to 6. That “Epic” game set up this salivating match up between the Royals and the Voyageurs. Kingston ended the season 3rd in the North/East Conference with a record of 34-14-2-4 and had 74 points on the season, six more points than Markham (Royals finished second on the conference due to winning their division). These two teams met four times in the regular season with Kingston winning 3 of the four times; however, two of those games ended in overtime.
The Markham Royals finished off their first round series with the Whitby Fury on Friday night with a 7-6, come-from-behind Overtime victory in Game 5 to win the series 4 games to 1.
In their first playoff game back in Markham, the Royals could not come out with the victory falling 4-1 to the Whitby Fury and trail the series 1-0. The Royals got off to a good start controlling the play early on, but a physical Fury team started to lay the body on the Royals and disrupting their game flow. The Fury were able to get under the skin of the Royals and caused Markham to take a few penalties.
After clinching the Division title last Friday on home ice, the Markham Royals will begin their quest for the Buckland Cup one week later when they host the Whitby Fury for Game 1 of their first round series Friday March 4. The Royals are in the postseason in just their first year back in the City of Markham, while the Fury return to the postseason again as the 7th seed this year, last year falling in a 4-game sweep to the Cobourg Cougars. The Fury also made the playoffs as one of the 4 teams (Cobourg, Newmarket Hurricanes, Stouffville Spirit) battling for the final 3 playoff spots in the North-East Conference, thanks to winning 3 of their last 5 games down the stretch.