Saturday, 14 January 2012

Recap: VIC 4 - BRN 3 SOW

Brandon’s Kevin Sundher, left, watches as a shot is blocked by Royals goalie Keith Hamilton during WHL action at Westman Place in Brandon, Man., Saturday.
Kevin Sundher had 2 assists and shootout goal, but his Wheat Kings fell 4-3.
Ben Walker scored the shoot out winner as the Victoria Royals (14-25-2-3) came from behind to beat Kevin Sundher and the Brandon Wheat Kings (22-19-1-2) 4-3 Saturday night.

Ben Walker celebrates with Logan Nelson
The win snaps a 10 game losing streak and with 33 points, moves Victoria into a tie for 7th with Seattle, just 1 point up on Prince George. 

Brandon Magee (1g) tied the game mid way in the third and Ben Walker (2a) scored the shoot out winner to go along with his 2 assists, being named the number one star.

Victoria trailed 2-0 after 20, and 3-2 after 40, but came out strong in the third peppering rookie netminder Curtis Honey with 20 shots for a total of 49. 

Keith Hamilton stopped breakaways by Michael Ferland (1g) and Kevin Sundher (2a) while making 39 saves enroute to his 13th win and was named the games third star.

 Assistant Coach Ben Cooper on the victory:
Victoria wins!
Also scoring for Victoria was Dakota Conroy (1g) versus his former team and Jamie Crooks (1g) to extend his point streak to 6 games (6g 6a).  With an assist, newcomer Jordan Fransoo has points in his first two games as a Royal.

Sundher, who took 3 penalties in the first, had his first two assists as a Wheat King and also scored in the shoot out.  Robin Soudek scored, while Logan Nelson missed.  Mark Stone (1g) and Alessio Bertaggia also missed for Brandon.

The Royals held the Wheat Kings 3rd best power play to 2 chances, but they scored on them both while Victoria went 1 for 4.

Up next the 10th place Broncos in Swift Current on Tuesday.
The Royals bench in Brandon
Victoria Royals 4 (SO) at Brandon Wheat Kings 3 - Status: Final SO
Saturday, January 14, 2012 - Westman Place - Brandon, MB

Victoria 0 2 1 0 - 4
Brandon 2 1 0 0 - 3

1st Period-
1, Brandon, Favreau 6 (Mraz, Asham), 13:28.
2, Brandon, Stone 30 (Sundher, Pulock), 19:24 (PP).

Penalties-Sundher Bdn (high sticking), 2:03; Sundher Bdn (slashing), 8:42; Traber Vic (hooking), 15:50; Sundher Bdn (embellishment), 15:50; Nelson Vic (slashing), 19:07.

2nd Period-
3, Victoria, Conroy 5 (Walker, Fransoo), 7:32 (PP).
4, Brandon, Ferland 22 (Walker, Sundher), 12:45 (PP).
5, Victoria, Crooks 23 (Nelson, Walker), 16:56.

Penalties-Bertaggia Bdn (inter. on goaltender), 5:47; Hodges Vic (slashing), 12:00.

3rd Period-
6, Victoria, Magee 13 (Hodges, Soudek), 13:43.

Penalties-Dziurzynski Bdn (slashing), 14:58.

OT Period-
No Scoring.Penalties-
No Penalties

Shootout –
Victoria 2 (Soudek G, Nelson NG, Walker G),
Brandon 1 (Stone NG, Bertaggia NG, Sundher G).

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 12-14-20-3-1-50.
Brandon 18-12-8-4-0-42.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4; Brandon 2 / 2.

Victoria, Hamilton 13-20-1-3 (42 shots-39 saves).
Brandon, Honey 0-1-0-1 (49 shots-46 saves).

Referees-Curtis Howe (27), Reagan Vetter (79).
Linesmen-Curtis Funk (117), Derek Nernberg (139).