Royals Win 7-3 Over Blackbirds; Win 12th in a Row at Lakeview Arena

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By Jim Parks
Okay! I know, as a reporter, objectivity is critical. However, it is nearly impossible to be objective about the how good the Marquette Royales Hockey Team really is. The Royales notched their 12th game in a row at Lakeview Arena last night and took a 3 point lead over the second place Illiana Blackbirds. Friday’s 7 to 3 victory kicked off a 3-game, home series with the Blackbirds. The game was fast and physical and the Linesmen were busy all night.

Linesman breaking up a fight

Linesman breaking up a fight

 

The Blackbirds struck first with a goal at 3:61 into the first period. Unshaken, Royales Mike House tied the game at 1 all at 8:48 in the first.

Celebrating a Goal

Celebrating a Goal

 

 

Making their way to the ice for the start of the third period

Making their way to the ice for the start of the third period

 

The Royales came out strong in the second period and simply out-skated, out-shot, and out-scored the visiting Blackbirds. Marquette’s Dallas McLaughlin scored on a breakaway with less than a minute to go in the 2nd – the assist went to Layne King. At the end of 2 it was 4 to 1 and the Blackbirds were on their heels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Royales were far from satisfied. The Blackbirds came out in the 3rd and made it 4 to 2 at 2:33. The Royales hunkered down and made the Blackbirds work for every shot. At 10:41 Matt Marcin made it 5 to 2, and a short time later Dallas McLaughlin made a beautiful unassisted, short -handed goal to push the score to 6 to 2.

Royals ready to go

Royals ready to go

 

Royals celebrating their 7-3 victory!

Royals celebrating their 7-3 victory!

The Blackbirds notched their 3rd and final goal of the night at 15:48 on a Power Play. And, as if to say, ‘not in our house’, the Royales answered less than a minute later with goal number 7 to put the Blackbirds to sleep for the night.
Game 2 of the 3-game series is Saturday night. The puck drops at 7:30. Note for Hockey lovers: I wish I were exaggerating when I say, “Royales hockey rocks.” If you haven’t seen these guys play, you are missing a Royale treat! Plus, as the saying goes, ‘It’s the best bargain around for the greatest game in town.” Be There! Aloha!

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