Friday, 27 January 2012

Recap: KAM 2 - VIC 4

Crooks shot was stopped, but Walker would score.
The Victoria Royals knocked off the #1 team in the WHL, the Kamloops Blazers 4-2 Friday night in the Capital city.

The Royals trailed 2-0 just 15 seconds in on a pair of goals by Tim Bozon seven seconds apart, but scored four unanswered to defeat the Blazers for the first time in six meetings (1-4-1-0).
Keith Hamilton made 33 saves for his 15th win of the season, as Cole Cheveldave recorded just his 6th loss with a 31 save effort.

Kamloops has now lost back to back games after a riding a 9 game win streak, and pointless for the first time in 11.  Victoria  with 37 points, has now won 2 of their last 3, and remain one point back of Seattle for 7th, moving 5 up on 9th place Prince George.

Royals goaltending coach Brady Robinson on the win:
Victoria started the come back on Robin Soudek’s 21st to trail by one after 20 minutes. 

In the second, the Royals out shot the Blazers 16-5 and came away with 2 goals to show for.  Hayden Rintoul’s 12th on the power play and Ben Walker 4th with the eventual game winner, gave the Royals a 3-2 lead heading into the third.

Brandon Magee’s 15th on the man advantage added some insurance at the 11:24 mark in the third.  The Blazers pressed late on the power play with the goalie pulled, but Victoria hung on for their 15th win, and 9th at home.
The Royals celebrate Ben Walker's goal.

Victoria’s power play clicked twice on seven opportunities, as Kamloops went 0 for 5.  The Royals and Blazers each had 35 shots on the night.

Jamie Crooks had 2 assists, and now has 6 points in his last 3 outings (2g 4a). Robin Soudek has now scored a goal in each of his last 3 games.  Hayden Rintoul leads all WHL defenseman in power play goals with 11.  Logan Nelson extends his point streak to 3 games with an assist (2g 3a).  Brandon Magee and Ben Walker finished the night with a goal and assist each. 

For Kamloops, Tim Bozon’s 2 goals puts him just one back of Vancouver’s Marek Tvrdon in rookie scoring with 49 points.  J.C. Lipon had 2 helpers.

Saturday night the Royals will look for back to back wins against the Blazers, with the pregame show starting at 6:45 on the Zone at 91.3 FM.

Rookie forward Ben Walker in the post game show:

Kamloops Blazers 2 at Victoria Royals 4 - Status: Final
Friday, January 27, 2012 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Kamloops 2 0 0 - 2
Victoria 1 2 1 - 4

1st Period-
1, Kamloops, Bozon 24 (Lipon), 0:08.
2, Kamloops, Bozon 25 (Lipon, Hansen), 0:15.
3, Victoria, Soudek 21 (Hodges, Magee), 7:57.

Penalties-Hrbas Kam (tripping), 3:32; Nelson Vic (charging), 9:46; Nelson Vic (interference), 12:48; Gaudet Kam (tripping), 14:59; Bell Kam (delay of game), 15:38.

2nd Period-
4, Victoria, Rintoul 12 (Walker, Nelson), 5:16 (PP).
5, Victoria, Walker 4 (Crooks, Nelson), 18:24.

Penalties-Schaber Kam (holding), 5:12; Nelson Vic (interference), 8:02; Schaber Kam (high sticking), 15:49.

3rd Period-6, Victoria, Magee 15 (Soudek, Crooks), 11:24 (PP).

Penalties-Hansen Kam (elbowing), 11:13; Needham Kam (roughing), 14:08; Conroy Vic (roughing), 14:08; Gaudet Kam (holding), 14:39; Rintoul Vic (tripping), 15:37; Walker Vic (cross checking), 19:14; Lipon Kam (roughing), 19:59; Habscheid Vic (roughing), 19:59.

Shots on Goal-
Kamloops 17-5-13-35.
Victoria 12-16-7-35.

Power Play Opportunities-
Kamloops 0 / 5; Victoria 2 / 7.

Kamloops, Cheveldave 25-6-1-3 (35 shots-31 saves).
Victoria, Hamilton 15-23-1-3 (35 shots-33 saves).

3 Stars:
1. Soudek
2. Magee
3. Bozon


Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Mike Campbell (89).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Nathan Van Oosten (115).