Royales looking for a strong finish

Royales looking for a strong finish

MARQUETTE — The Royales play their games on Friday nights at Lakeview Arena, but that might be the extent of some people’s knowledge of the team.

So who exactly are the Marquette Royales?

“We’re a tier three junior hockey league. We play in the United States Premier Hockey League Midwest division. It’s mostly consisted of 16 to 20 year olds, guys looking for opportunities at the NCAA Division 3 level, as well as ACHA Division One,” Stanaway said.

The Royales are currently 12–20–8, good for fifth in their conference. I asked Coach Stanaway how he would assess the season with only 8 games left on the schedule.

“It’s been an up and down season. We’ve probably had the toughest schedule of anyone in our league. But if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. I take it all as a learning experience. We had a tough first quarter of the season then we came back strong in the second quarter. Going into the second half, we’re looking at moving up in the standings and hosting some playoff series up in Marquette,” said Stanaway.

The Marquette Royales know what it’s like to be lost in the shuffle but they are looking to change that in a big way.

The Royales are currently 12–20–8 but still in the thick of the playoff chase in the US Premiere Hockey League’s Midwest Division.

Coach James Stanaway says, like every other team, they have their strengths and weaknesses.

With eight games left in the season, the Royales are looking to finish strong…not only to have a chance to host some playoff games, but to improve the future of the players on the team.

The Royales are on the road tonight in Bay City taking on the Tri–City IceHawks. They’ll be back at home February 12th for four straight games to close out the season.