Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Recap: EDM 2 - VIC 8 (Wed. Feb 9th, 2016)



The Victoria Royals (36-15-2-3, 77pts) pulled into a tie for 1st overall in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets Tuesday night after defeating the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings 8-2.

“We didn’t play as sharp in the first, but got some timely goals, were able to push the pace and got to playing our brand.” Said Head Coach Dave Lowry.

The Royals, playing 4 games in 5 nights, earned their franchise best 10th win in a row, and now have points in 13 straight games (12-0-1-0).

What we have won, is the respect of the teams that we are playing,” said Lowry,

“We have to work to win, and that’s the one thing we pride ourselves on – and that is a staple with every team I’ve been associated with…this is a great group, they have tremendous respect for each other, they value everybody’s role on the team - and it shows in the way they go and play every night.”

Trailing 2-1 in the first period, Victoria scored the next 7 unanswered.  The Royals led 3-2 after 20 minutes, and 7-2 after 40.

Jared Dmytriw scored twice including the eventual winner, while Tyler Soy had 2 goals and an assist for a 3 point night.  

“These past 10 games have been going very well for us, and we’ve got a lot of confidence in the room right now.” Said the sophomore forward Dmytriw who now has 10 goals,

“We don’t get discouraged easily and don’t get on each other, we’re always there for each other.  For us to get back into the game when down 2-1 was nice.”

Victoria got goals from 7 different skaters, as 14 Royals hit the score sheet, including 8 with multi-point nights.

Jack Walker and Regan Nagy had a goal and an assist, while Logan Fisher, Vladimir Bobylev and Marsel Ibragimov had 2 helpers each.  Joe Hicketts, Alex Forsberg and Ethan Price scored singles.

Victoria out shot Edmonton 39-27, chase starter Peyton Lee from the nets after allowing 6 goals on 21 shots.  Patrick Dea stopped 16 of 18 in relief.  Coleman Vollrath earned the win for the Royals making 25 saves.

Victoria struck on both of their first two man advantages, going 2 for 5 on the night, while not allowing Edmonton a single man advantage.

“I liked that,” said Lowry on the clubs discipline,

“Whistle to whistle, that was the key…early in the game our power play was sharp and it gave us a little bit of separation.”

The Oil Kings got goals from Kobe Mohr and local product Dysin Mayo, a 5th round pick of Arizona.

Dmytriw’s second of the night also tied the franchise record for fastest goal to start a period, just :09 seconds into the third.

The Royals now lead the season series 2-0 after defeating the visiting Oil Kings 6-3 on November 18th.  They’ll meet once more in Edmonton Feb. 29th.

Up next Victoria hits the road for another 4 in 5 beginning in Everett Saturday night.

- Marlon Martens

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 at Victoria Royals 8 - Status: Final
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Edmonton 2 0 0 - 2
Victoria 3 4 1 - 8

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Soy 30 (Walker, Bobylev), 0:59.
2, Edmonton, Mohr 5 (Baddock), 3:00.
3, Edmonton, Mayo 4 (Elizarov), 8:22.
4, Victoria, Hicketts 4 (Phillips, Soy), 14:18 (PP).
5, Victoria, Dmytriw 9 (Fisher), 15:01.

Penalties-Elizarov Edm (delay of game), 13:45.

2nd Period-
6, Victoria, Nagy 8 (Hannoun, Ibragimov), 6:20.
7, Victoria, Forsberg 23 (Hannoun, Ibragimov), 6:47.
8, Victoria, Walker 23 (Walford, Soy), 12:09.
9, Victoria, Price 9 (Reddekopp, Bobylev), 13:57 (PP).

Penalties-Baddock Edm (roughing), 7:11; Hicketts Vic (slashing), 7:11; Pollock Edm (interference), 13:22.

3rd Period-
10, Victoria, Dmytriw 10 (Fisher, Nagy), 0:09.

Penalties-Mayo Edm (slashing), 7:28; Meyer Edm (slashing), 13:12; Baddock Edm (elbowing), 19:48; Kehler Edm (10-minute misconduct), 19:48.

Shots on Goal-
Edmonton 8-6-13-27.
Victoria 10-17-12-39.

Power Play Opportunities-
Edmonton 0 / 0;
Victoria 2 / 5.

Goalies-
Edmonton, Lee 10-13-3-1 (21 shots-15 saves); Dea 14-15-3-1 (18 shots-16 saves). Victoria, Vollrath 24-12-0-2 (27 shots-25 saves).

A-3,939
Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Fraser Lawrence (10).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Recap: EVTT 4 - VIC 6 (Mon, Feb.8.2016)



Jack Walker had a natural hat trick and a 4 point night, as the Victoria Royals (35-15-2-3, 75pts) came from behind to defeat the visiting Everett Silvertips 6-4 Monday afternoon.

“It was a team effort,” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry,

After holding leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the middle frame on a pair of goals by Tyler Soy, Victoria found themselves down 3-2 heading to the third.

Matthew Phillips and Noah Juulsen exchanged goals before Walker scored three unanswered to put the game out of reach, snapping Everett’s 3 game win streak.

“In the third period we played the way we have to play to win.”  Said Lowry,

“We got better at managing the puck, better at attacking, and better at going to the net.  For forty minutes we had too many turnovers, played a lot of hockey in our zone, and we didn’t make it really hard on their defense to move pucks through.”

With points in 12 straight games (11-0-1-0), the Royals move into sole possession of 2nd in the WHL, and continue to set the franchise record for wins in a row with 9.

“If you have that belief in your room that you can win every night – it’s a great feeling,” said Lowry when asked about the confidence of his group,

“It’s something we’ve worked to create, and our guys are working to make sure that the feeling doesn’t leave.”

Victoria moves 7 up on Everett (32-17-2-2, 68pts), and will meet in the US this Saturday.

Vladimir Bobylev chipped in with a pair of assists, as did did Soy who ended with 4 points.  Soy now has 29 goals, one more than last years career high.

Phillips scored on a breakaway sniping it top corner, shooting the puck while it was rolling.

“Surgeon hands…” quipped Lowry when asked on Phillips ability to finish.

“It’s indicative of his skill set, and he always finds a way to get the shot off…he doesn’t need to find a lot of space to find a hole – and he’s usually good at hitting it.”

Phillips had a goal and an assist to move into sole possession of the rookie scoring lead, two ahead of Lethbridge’s Egor Babenko.  He also leads all rookies with 31 goals, which is one off of tying the franchise record held by Oscar Moller.

The line of Walker, Soy and Bobylev combined for 10 points.  Walker now has 22 goals on the year, and 54 points in 55 games. 

Victoria struck twice on the power play on 5 chances, while Everett went 1 for 3.  The Royals out shot the Tips 32-23.  Griffen Outhouse earned the win, while Carter Hart took the loss.

The Silvertips’ got their other goals from Carson Stadnyk, Connor Dewar, and Brycen Martin.

In a battle of the two stingiest teams in the league, a total of 10 goals were scored, all in the final 40 minutes of the game.

“I give them credit, they capitalized on their opportunities,” said Lowry,

“I don’t know if we get enough credit for it, but we can score goals.”

It was the Royals 4th come from behind win when trailing after 2 periods.

“We put a lot of work in early in the year on our conditioning so we can find an extra gear as games, and the season goes on.”  According to Lowry,

“These guys believe that they have an opportunity to win every night – and we’ve been able to find a way.”

Victoria wraps up 4 games in 5 nights Tuesday as they entertain Edmonton, who fell 1-0 in Vancouver Monday.

- Marlon Martens

Everett Silvertips 4 at Victoria Royals 6 - Status: Final
Monday, February 8, 2016 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Everett 0 3 1 - 4
Victoria 0 2 4 - 6

1st Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Fisher Vic (holding), 6:36; Walker Vic (charging), 11:44.

2nd Period-
1, Victoria, Soy 28 (Walker, Phillips), 2:42 (PP).
2, Everett, Stadnyk 14 (Laurencelle, Juulsen), 9:05.
3, Victoria, Soy 29 (Bobylev), 10:20.
4, Everett, Dewar 9 (Stadnyk), 10:41.
5, Everett, Martin 5 (King, Pfeifer), 14:24.

Penalties-Pfeifer Evt (tripping), 1:38; MacDonald Evt (tripping), 2:25; Winkler Evt (boarding), 10:53; Winkler Evt (inter. on goaltender), 15:04.

3rd Period-
6, Victoria, Phillips 31 (Hannoun), 1:52.
7, Everett, Juulsen 5 (Bajkov, Fonteyne), 9:57 (PP).
8, Victoria, Walker 20 (Bobylev, Soy), 13:25.
9, Victoria, Walker 21 (Forsberg, Soy), 15:49 (PP).
10, Victoria, Walker 22 (Fisher), 18:42.

Penalties-Gagnon Vic (interference), 9:03; MacDonald Evt (tripping), 14:56.

Shots on Goal-
Everett 7-9-7-23.
Victoria 8-15-9-32.

Power Play Opportunities-
Everett 1 / 3;
Victoria 2 / 5.

Goalies-
Everett, Hart 31-16-1-2 (32 shots-26 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 12-3-2-1 (23 shots-19 saves).

A-5,197
Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Curtis Craig (144), Riley Friesen (76).


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Recap: VIC 3 - PORT 1 (Sat, Feb.6th,2016)



The visiting Victoria Royals (34-15-2-3, 73pts) scored three unanswered in the final frame to come from behind to beat the Portland Winterhawks 3-1 Saturday night.

“This is a team that believes it can win right now,” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“When we evened the score we knew that we had another level to get to.  We played well for 40 minutes, but we didn’t really play at the pace that we wanted to and be successful.”

The club wins a franchise record 8th in a row, and pick up points in 11 straight games (11-0-1-0) and are 3rd in the league, 2 back of league leading Kelowna and 1 back of Lethbridge.

It’s great,” said Lowry on setting the franchise record,

“That’s a credit to our group and just how they prepare every night to come and work and play for each other.  The best part of it all is that this is a true team, and they really like and respect each other, and they come every night and play hard for each other.”

Alex Forsberg, Ryan Peckford and Vladimir Bobylev scored for the Royals, while Joe Hicketts collected a pair of assists.

For the rookie Peckford it was the game winner.

“It was great to see Peckford come up, who didn’t get a lot of ice, and hasn’t played a lot lately – and scores a huge goal for us.”  According to Lowry.

Griffen Outhouse stopped 27 of 28 to earn back to back victories after stopping all 16 in relief one night earlier in a 5-4 shoot out victory in Tri City.

“Guys battled in front of me, making it easy for me letting me see pucks – it was good.” Said the rookie Netminder.

Victoria pumped Adin Hill with18 third period shots, 40 in total stopping 37 in the defeat.

Both clubs were 0 for 4 on the power play.

Royals 20 year old forward Logan Fisher, got the hit of the game, and had a late fight with Latvian Rodrigo Abols.

“It’s nice to do that against Portland,” said Fisher, who’s club fell in the 2nd round of the playoffs two seasons ago.

“We’re not huge fans of them for good reason, there’s a lot of history between these two teams that I’ve been a part of – it’s nice to bring that flair to the game.”

Victoria sweeps their 2 game US road swing.

“Both nights were tough, I give credit to our guys, they found ways to win hockey games…” said Lowry,

“We have an understanding that if we play a certain way, we give ourselves a chance to win - regardless if we’re at home or on the road.”

They’ll now return home to face Everett, who are 5 back of the Royals in the Conference, and have won 3 straight.  It’s a chance for Victoria defenseman Jordan Wharrie to face his former club for the first time.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 3 at Portland Winterhawks 1 - Status: Final
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Moda Center - Portland, OR

Victoria 0 0 3 - 3
Portland 1 0 0 - 1

1st Period-
1, Portland, Glass 8 (Bukarts, Jones), 8:49.

Penalties-Abols Por (interference), 11:46; Nagy Vic (kneeing), 15:20.

2nd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Jones Por (elbowing), 5:36; Clayton Por (slashing), 10:10; Soy Vic (hooking), 10:19; Gagnon Vic (tripping), 12:26; Schoenborn Por (high sticking), 16:26.

3rd Period-
2, Victoria, Forsberg 22 (Hicketts, Hannoun), 5:43.
3, Victoria, Peckford 6 (Price, Hicketts), 8:09.
4, Victoria, Bobylev 17 (Gagnon), 13:16.

Penalties-Fisher Vic (inter. on goaltender), 13:32; Fisher Vic (major-fighting), 19:24; Abols Por (major-fighting), 19:24.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 13-9-18-40.
Portland 10-6-12-28.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4;
Portland 0 / 4.

Goalies-
Victoria, Outhouse 11-3-2-1 (28 shots-27 saves).
Portland, Hill 24-22-1-0 (40 shots-37 saves).

A-9,096
Referees-Kyle Kowalski (15), Dexter Rasmussen (25).
Linesmen-Jarrod Boman (116), Erik Freeman (104).


Saturday, 6 February 2016

Recap: VIC 5 - TRI 4 SOW (Friday, Feb. 5th 2016)



Dante Hannoun scored the shoot out winner as the visiting Victoria Royals came from behind to beat the Tri City Americans 5-4 Friday night.

The Royals led 3-1 after 20 minutes, but the Americans reversed the trend in the middle frame, scoring 3 goals to take the lead.

“After the second we came back,  focussed on how we needed to play…we battled hard and grinded out the win.” Said Hannoun who also had an assist in regulation.

Vladimir Bobylev (16th) tied the game at 4 midway through the second period with his second of the night, which ultimately forced the extra innings and was named 1st star.

The Royals won their season high 7th in a row, and have points in 10 straight games (9-0-1-0).  Victoria moves 2 back of Kelowna for the Western Conference lead, and 5 up on 3rd place Everett.

Tyler Soy (27th) opened the scoring short handed just :49 seconds in.  Bobylev added to the lead on the power play to make it 2-0.

Tri City’s Maxwell James drew a charging minor for a hit on local product Keith Anderson of Victoria, James also drew 2 minutes for roughing on the same play, while both got 5 each for fighting.

On the Royals ensuing power play, Tyler Sandhu scored shorthanded for the Americans to cut into the lead 2-1. 

“I thought we had a chance to take the game, take control of it.  We had a 4 minute power play and give up a shorthanded goal, we didn’t have the urgency that we needed – but we found a way to win.” According to Head Coach Dave Lowry.

Victoria’s Regan Nagy restored the 2 goal lead while shorthanded before the first period was out.

Early in the second, Tri City’s Brendan O’Reilly, Nolan Yaremko (1g 1a) and Parker Wotherspoon (1g 1a) scored the three straight in a span of 1:13, spelling the end of Coleman Vollrath’s night, stopping 8 of 12. 

Griffen Outhouse turned away 16 of 16 in relief, and 3 of 4 in the shoot out.

“Griffen made some key saves at the right times, that’s why we got the extra point.” Said Lowry.

Evan Sarthou started his 11th straight for Tri City, was pulled after 20 minutes allowing 3 goals on 7 Victoria shots.  Nicholas Sanders came in to stop 19 of 20, and 2 of 4 in the skills competition.

Tyler Soy and Dante Hannoun scored in the shoot out while Jack Walker and Bobylev were denied.

Tyler Sandhu was the only American shooter to beat Outhouse.

Victoria was 1 for 6 on the power play while adding a pair of short handed goals.  Tri City was 1 for 5 with the man advantage, and added a short handed tally as well.

“I liked the way we started, I liked our penalty kill and the fact that it scored a couple goals and gave us some life…” said Lowry

Victoria won the final two games of the 4 game season series and end with a record of (2-0-1-1).

Victoria plays in Portland Saturday night, in their 3rd meeting of the season.  The Royals beat the Winterhawks twice at the start of the season at home by scores of 4-1 and 6-5.

After Victoria wraps up their 2 game US road swing, they’ll return home to face Everett Monday at 2pm, followed by Edmonton Tuesday night, completing a of stretch of 4 games in 5 nights.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 5 (SO) at Tri-City Americans 4 - Status: End of Game SO
Friday, February 5, 2016 - Toyota Center - Kennewick, WA

Victoria 3 1 0 0 - 5
Tri-City 1 3 0 0 - 4

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Soy 27   0:49 (SH).
2, Victoria, Bobylev 15 (Hannoun, Reddekopp), 8:41 (PP).
3, Tri-City, Sandhu 12 (Yaremko, Wotherspoon), 11:51 (SH).
4, Victoria, Nagy 7 (Fisher), 17:54 (SH).

Penalties-Fisher Vic (tripping), 0:37; Stewart T.c (charging), 7:16; Anderson Vic (major-fighting), 11:31; James T.c (charging, roughing, major-fighting), 11:31; Hicketts Vic (elbowing), 17:42.

2nd Period-
5, Tri-City, O'Reilly 1 (Lukin, Rasmussen), 3:12.
6, Tri-City, Yaremko 3 (Stewart, Carlo), 3:41.
7, Tri-City, Wotherspoon 10 (Topping, McCue), 4:25 (PP).
8, Victoria, Bobylev 16 (Price, Hicketts), 11:05.

Penalties-Hicketts Vic (tripping), 3:52; Dmytriw Vic (high sticking, high sticking), 6:44; Lukin T.c (high sticking), 8:58; Carlo T.c (tripping), 15:38.

3rd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Rasmussen T.c (hooking), 2:40.

OT Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout –
Victoria 2 (Soy G, Walker NG, Bobylev NG, Hannoun G),
Tri-City 1 (Lukin NG, Sandhu G, Topping NG, Bowles NG).

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 7-8-9-3-1-28.
Tri-City 4-13-10-1-0-28.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 6;
Tri-City 1 / 5.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 23-12-0-2 (12 shots-8 saves); Outhouse 10-3-2-1 (16 shots-16 saves). Tri-City, Sarthou 20-22-2-0 (7 shots-4 saves); Sanders 3-3-0-1 (20 shots-19 saves).

A-3,682
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Curtis Marouelli (86).
Linesmen-Michael McGowan (41), Nathan Van Oosten (115).

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Recap: CGY 1 - VIC 4 (Wed. Feb.3rd, 2016)



Matthew Phillips scored twice and added an assist as the Victoria Royals won their 6th in a row, defeating the visiting Calgary Hitmen 4-1 Wednesday night.

Up 2-1 after 20 minutes, the Royals Phillips scored back to back power play goals in the middle frame :55 seconds apart to extend the lead to 4-1. 

“Tonight we had a case were we had some opportunities that were presented to us, and we took advantage of it,” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“The power play created some opportunities and we capitalized.”

Dante Hannoun and Jack Walker had a goal and assist each, while Alex Forsberg chipped in with a pair of helpers.

Hannoun earned the game winner, responding :17 seconds after Calgary had tied the game at 1-1 in the first period.  It was Hannoun’s 20th goal in his 100th career game.

“The one shift that defined the game was after we gave up the goal, and they tied the game up, our next shift went out went out and scored,” said Lowry,

“For us that was the defining moment, you want to talk about shifts after goals, and how critical they are – tonight it was the difference for us.”

Victoria (32-15-2-3, 69pts) extends their point streak to 9 games (8-0-1-0), and move 4 back of top seed Kelowna, and 4 up on Prince George who fell in Prince Albert.

The club received honourable mention in the CHL Top 10 earlier in the day.

Victoria went 2 for 8 on the power play, while shutting down all 5 Calgary man advantages.  It was a physical and penalty filled affair, with 65 minutes worth handed out.

Coleman Vollrath stopped 28 of 29 to earn the victory, while Nik Amundrud allowed 4 goals on 26 Victoria shots.  Vollrath has only allowed 4 goals over his last 4 games and was nominated for CHL Goaltender of the Week.

Jackson Houck scored the lone goal for Calgary, who saw their 3 game win streak snapped as they kicked off their 4 game BC Division road trip.

It was also the return of former Victoria defenseman Keegan Kanzig who earned 3rd star. 

Flyers first round pick, and World Junior defenseman Travis Sanheim extended his point streak to 13 games.

Phillips now has 30 goals in his rookie campaign to lead all freshman, and is tied for the rookie scoring lead with Egor Babenko of the Hurricanes with 58 points in 52 games (30g 28a).  It was back to back 2 goal, 1 assist efforts for Phillips.

Walker extended his point streak to 5 games, collecting 11 points (3g 8a) in that span.

The line of Forsberg, Hannoun and Phillips collected 7 points.

It was the 700th game in franchise history (315-320-28-37), and the Royals record of (178-135-11-16).

Up next, Victoria heads to the States for a pair of games.  Friday night at Tri City, and Saturday in Portland.  They’ll return home for a Holiday Monday matinee at 2pm versus Everett.

- Marlon Martens

Calgary Hitmen 1 at Victoria Royals 4 - Status: Final
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Calgary 1 0 0 - 1
Victoria 2 2 0 - 4

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Walker 19 (Soy, Hicketts), 1:29.
2, Calgary, Houck 15 (Stukel, Tr. Sanheim), 6:28.
3, Victoria, Hannoun 20 (Forsberg, Phillips), 6:45.

Penalties-Bobylev Vic (tripping), 4:21; served by Stukel Cal (too many men), 13:21; Tr. Sanheim Cal (unsportsmanlike cnd., roughing), 17:35; Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 17:35.

2nd Period-
4, Victoria, Phillips 29 (Forsberg, Walker), 10:33 (PP).
5, Victoria, Phillips 30 (Hannoun, Walford), 11:28 (PP).

Penalties-served by Anderson Vic (too many men), 2:49; Fyten Cal (high sticking, high sticking), 9:54; Zipp Cal (cross checking), 12:17; Houck Cal (boarding), 12:52; Martin Cal (roughing), 15:13; Gagnon Vic (boarding, boarding, roughing), 15:13; Ta. Sanheim Cal (slashing), 20:00; Forsberg Vic (slashing), 20:00.

3rd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Tr. Sanheim Cal (cross checking), 4:49; Phillips Vic (embellishment), 4:49; Kanzig Cal (holding), 6:07; Zipp Cal (tripping), 9:56; Reddekopp Vic (cross checking), 12:27; Walker Vic (hooking), 18:55; Twarynski Cal (major-charging, 10-minute misconduct), 19:08; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 19:08; Zipp Cal (roughing), 19:19; Nagy Vic (cross checking), 19:19.

Shots on Goal-
Calgary 10-9-10-29.
Victoria 8-12-6-26.

Power Play Opportunities-
Calgary 0 / 6;
Victoria 2 / 8.

Goalies-
Calgary, Amundrud 8-9-1-0 (26 shots-22 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 23-12-0-2 (29 shots-28 saves).

A-3,773
Referees-Nick Swaine (35), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Jeff MacAdams, Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Vollrath: Nominated For CHL Goaltender of the Week



ROYALS’ COLEMAN VOLLRATH NOMINATED FOR VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK  
Victoria netminder posted a 2-0-0-0 record in two contests.

For Immediate Release
Monday, February 1, 2016

Victoria, BC- The Western Hockey League today announced that Victoria Royals’ goaltender Coleman Vollrath has been nominated by the WHL for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week.

The native of Calgary, AB appeared in two games for the Royals this past week and registered a 2-0-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average (GAA), a 0.950 save percentage (SV%).

The 6-0, 170 lb netminder turned aside 38 of 40 shots in the two contests, as the Royals defeated the WHL-leading Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-1 on Friday night and the second place Kelowna Rockets 4-1 on Saturday.

This marks the third time this season and fourth of his career that Vollrath has been nominated for the award. Vollrath won his second career Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award in October of this season.

In 39 games with Victoria this season, Vollrath has posted a 22-12-0-2 record with a GAA of 2.38, a SV% of 0.915 and one shutout.

Vollrath is in his fourth and final WHL season and has registered a mark of 74-47-4-6 to go along with eight shutouts, a 2.75 GAA, and a 0.910 SV% in 153 games played. Vollrath holds the Royals/Bruins all-time franchise record in wins and games played.

Victoria will host former Royal defenceman Keegan Kanzig and the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7889 or by visiting www.selectyourtickets.com.

The Royals fifth annual Pink in the Rink Night, in support of the BC Cancer Foundation, is coming up on Saturday, February 20th vs. the Kamloops Blazers. Tickets to the contest are still available, but moving quickly, and can be purchased in-person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office, by phone at 250-220-7777 or online at www.victoriaroyals.com.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Recap: VIC 4 - KEL 1 (Sat, Jan.30.2016)

Matthew Phillips scores on a breakaway for the eventual game winner in Kelowna Saturday

Matthew Phillips scored twice and added an assist as the visiting Victoria Royals (31-15-2-3) defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4-1 Saturday night.

“I think we stayed patient, we worked and waited for our opportunities.” Said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry on the win.

After giving up a short handed goal to the Rockets to start the game, the Royals responded with 4 unanswered, including 3 on the power play.

Victoria wins their 5th in a row and have points in 8 straight games (7-0-1-0), to pull within 4 of Kelowna, who lead the Western Conference and are ranked 7th in the CHL Top 10.  The Rockets had their 5 game win streak snapped.

“Our best players had to step up and be our best players, and the last two games our guys have played their hearts out.” according to Lowry.

The Royals knocked off the league leading Hurricanes, the #6 ranked team one night earlier 3-1.

“We just want to be recognized after this weekend as a team that’s hard to play against, and a team that comes and competes regardless of our opponent.” said Lowry,

“Credit to our leadership group to make sure that they were ready to play, and guys stayed committed to playing how we have to play.”

Phillips second goal came on a breakaway with :18 seconds left in the 2nd period to give Victoria a 2-1 lead heading to the third.

“You look at the game winning goal tonight, you go from playing in our end, to blocking a shot to changing the tide.” Said Lowry on Phillips eventual game winner, shown on a national stage, via Sportsnet. 

Phillips went unranked in the NHL Central Scouting mid-term rankings, while leading all rookies in goals, now with 28.

“Great for Matthew (Phillips), he does it every night, he comes and plays – he’s a small guy that plays a big man’s game…there’s a lot of guys that are 6’3, 6’4 that if they had half the heart and passion that he has, they’d be really good players.”

The Royals then added a pair on the power play to put the game out of reach.

Coleman Vollrath earned the win stopping 22 of 23, while Michael Herringer allowed 4 goals on 34 Victoria shots.

Victoria was 3 for 6 on the power play, while shutting down all 4 Kelowna man advantages.

Alex Forsberg had a goal and assist, while Jack Walker chipped in with a pair of helpers.  Walker now has 9 points in his last 4 games (2g 7a).

Forsberg fought Justin Kirkland and Vladimir Bobylev scrapped Rodney Southam both in the 2nd period.

Victoria returns home for a single game against the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 4 at Kelowna Rockets 1 - Status: Final
Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC

Victoria 1 1 2 - 4
Kelowna 1 0 0 - 1

1st Period-
1, Kelowna, Kirkland 20 (Dube, Johansen), 8:39 (SH).
2, Victoria, Phillips 27 (Forsberg, Walker), 11:50 (PP).

Penalties-Anderson Vic (holding), 3:27; Southam Kel (cross checking), 6:43; served by Borstmayer Kel (too many men), 10:36; Bobylev Vic (slashing), 15:13.

2nd Period-
3, Victoria, Phillips 28   19:42.

Penalties-Walker Vic (roughing), 0:54; Soustal Kel (roughing), 0:54; Walker Vic (roughing), 9:17; Bobylev Vic (cross checking), 15:00; Dube Kel (roughing), 15:00; Forsberg Vic (major-fighting), 17:30; Kirkland Kel (major-fighting), 17:30; Bobylev Vic (major-fighting), 18:40; Southam Kel (major-fighting), 18:40.

3rd Period-
4, Victoria, Forsberg 21 (Walker, Hicketts), 11:06 (PP).
5, Victoria, Soy 26 (Phillips, Reddekopp), 13:08 (PP).

Penalties-Hicketts Vic (boarding), 1:49; Southam Kel (hooking), 10:12; Stephens Kel (holding), 11:30; Johansen Kel (tripping), 16:16; Kirkland Kel (holding), 16:41.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 7-12-15-34.
Kelowna 8-11-4-23.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 3 / 6;
Kelowna 0 / 4.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 22-12-0-2 (23 shots-22 saves).
Kelowna, Herringer 15-6-1-0 (34 shots-30 saves).

A-5,531
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Colin Watt (72).
Linesmen-Kevin Crowell (141), Dave McMahon (134).