Saturday, 19 November 2011



by Dustin Forbes (BCIT INTERN at The Zone @91.3 FM)

The Victoria Royals played host to the Kootenay Ice at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday night in the lone meeting between the two teams this season. After being trounced by the Vancouver Giants Friday night 11-3 at the Pacific Coliseum, the Royals didn’t fare much better at home, losing 8-3 in front of 6,482 spectators at the barn on Blanshard.

Kootenay would get on the board early, as Jesse Ismond scored just 53 seconds into the hockey game. The Ice would add to their lead with exactly five minutes to go in the opening frame, as Elgin Pearce scored his first of three in the game. Luke Paulsen would score to make it 3-0 after 20 minutes for the Ice on a blast from the right point.

In the second period, the Ice would continue to pour it on. Ismond and Pearce would each score their second of the game, before the Kootenay Captain Drew Czerwonka would chase starting goaltender Keith Hamilton making the score 6-0. Jared Rathjen allowed goals on the first two shots he faced as Pearce completed the hat-trick at the 15:12 mark before Jaedon Descheneau scored the other making it 8-0.

Logan Nelson would make it 8-1 with his 10th goal of the season – scoring at the 17:09 mark of the second period. Rathjen would only play 6:19 in the game as Hamilton took to the crease for the start of the third period.

In the final frame, the Royals would score the only two goals of the period. Brandon Magee would snipe one home over the left shoulder of Ice goaltender, Mackenzie Skapski for his 6th goal of the year. Kevin Sundher would tally his team-leading 14th just 53 seconds later on a backhand between the legs of Skapski. With ten seconds left in the game, a mad scramble in front of the Kootenay net would result in a penalty shot for the Royals. Austin Carroll would take it, but Skapski stopped him on the shot.

The Kootenay Ice would hold onto the 8-3 victory over the Royals.

The thoughts of assistant coach Enio Sacilotto following the loss, as interviewed by Marlon Martens & Mike Walker:


Multiple point getters in the game for Victoria: Logan Nelson(1G+1A).

For Kootenay: Jesse Ismond(2G+3A), Elgin Pearce(3G+1A), Drew Czerwonka(1G+2A), Max Reinhart(0G+2A), Dylen McKinley(0G+2A), and Luke Paulsen(1G+1A).

Next up for Victoria, they travel to Kamloops to take on the Blazers on Friday, November 25th; followed by a stop in Kelowna on the Saturday. Both the games can be heard on The Zone @91.3 with play-by-play voice, Marlon Martens.
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