CORNER BROOK — A golden repeat wasn’t in the cards for the Corner Brook Bantam A Royals.
The Corner Brook Royals were eliminated in the semifinal round at the Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup in a 6-1 loss to the South Shore Hawks Sunday at the Centre 200 in Sydney, N.S.
The Royals, the defending champions after going undefeated at last year’s event, finished round-robin play with an impressive record of three wins and one tie.
Robert Hicks, an offensive force for the team throughout the tournament, scored the lone goal for the Royals in the elimination game.
Aidan O’Brien (2), Conal Lucey, Josh Savage, Alex Wentzell and Max Hartling handled the scoring for the Sharks.
The following is a look at how the Royals performed in round-robin action at the annual bantam hockey showcase in Sydney:
Royals 5, Sydney Steelers 5
Robert Hicks paved the way for the city squad with a goal and two helpers in the opening game of the tournament for both teams.
Lucas Wiseman, Matthew Parsons, Nick Childs and Ryan Roche rounded out the scoring parade in the stalemate.
Colton Marchard led the way with a two-goal effort for the Steelers, while single markers were added to the scoresheet by Sean Smith, Andrew Macleod and Mitchell Johnson.
Royals 4, Brookfield Elks 2
William O’Driscoll, Matthew Parsons, Brady Boland and Stephenville native Bradley O’Quinn provided the goals for the Royals.
Jordan Dawes and Matthew Smith lit the lamp for the Elks.
Royals 4, Dartmouth Whalers 2
Brandon Anstey notched a hat trick for the Royals.
William O’Driscoll scored the other Corner Brook marker.
Jacob MacDonald and Angus Maclean lit the lamp for the Whalers.
Royals 7, Antigonish Bull Dogs 1
Robert Hicks and William O’Driscoll scored two goals apiece to pave the way for the Royals.
Frankie McCarthy, Matthew Parsons and Brady Boland also scored for the victors.
Spencer Baron was the lone marksman for the Antigonish minor hockey representatives.