|Steven Hodges with 2 assists, tries a shot on Cole Cheveldave.|
The series now shifts back to Victoria for games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday night.
|Hayden Rintoul unleashes a shot from the point.|
Kamloops power play went 2 for 7, while Victoria went 0 for 5 man advantages.
Jordan Depape opened the scoring on a penalty shot late in the first after a close opening frame.
|Depape scores on a Penalty Shot on Keith Hamilton in the first period.|
|Tim Traber has words with Brady Gaudet.|
In the third Victoria would out score Kamloops by a 3-1 margin. Austin Carroll and Robin Soudek with his second of the post season cut the lead in half to 6-3 before Depape was credited for his second of the game on the power play. Rookie Taylor Crunk scored his first WHL goal converting a centering feed from Ben Walker for a 7-4 final. The Royals beat Cheveldave 3 times on 6 shots in the final frame.
“Our goal was going into the third, was let’s win this period and try to establish some momentum and bring it back to Victoria, were I know we’re going to have a full house and we’re going to be ready to go.” Said Sacilotto.
Chase Schaber was named number one star with a goal and assist, Dylan Willick also had a goal and assist for 2nd star honours and D Marek Hrbas was named 3rd star. Depape had 2 goals, and JC Lipon added a pair of helpers.
Jamie Crooks and Taylor Crunk had a goal and assist each, while Steven Hodges had 2 assists.
Enio Sacilotto, Royals assistant coach, post game thoughts:
Victoria Royals 4 at Kamloops Blazers 7 - Status: Final
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Interior Savings Centre - Kamloops, BC
Victoria 0 1 3 - 4
Kamloops 1 5 1 - 7
1, Kamloops, DePape 1 19:24 (TXT_PS).
Penalties-Madaisky Kam (checking to the head), 1:27; Stahl Vic (hooking), 12:14; Smith Kam (inter. on goaltender), 13:58; Rintoul Vic (roughing), 17:28; Willick Kam (roughing), 17:28.
2, Kamloops, Bozon 3 (Lipon), 0:38.
3, Victoria, Crooks 1 (Hodges, Rintoul), 2:54.
4, Kamloops, Gaudet 1 (Smith, Lipon), 8:15 (PP).
5, Kamloops, Schaber 2 (Needham, Willick), 9:03.
6, Kamloops, Willick 2 (Bell, Schaber), 11:27.
7, Kamloops, Ully 1 (Sterzer), 14:57.
Penalties-Conroy Vic (inter. on goaltender), 7:48; Stahl Vic (roughing), 9:16; Smith Kam (slashing), 11:57; Harrison Vic (kneeing), 15:26; Kanzig Vic (10-minute misconduct), 15:26; Hanes Kam (10-minute misconduct), 15:26; Smith Kam (slashing), 16:28.
8, Victoria, Carroll 1 (Fransoo, Crunk), 3:07.
9, Victoria, Soudek 2 (Crooks, Hodges), 14:15.
10, Kamloops, DePape 2 (Madaisky, Herrod), 16:37 (PP).
11, Victoria, Crunk 1 (Walker), 18:14.
Penalties-Crunk Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 5:20; Lipon Kam (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 5:20; Carroll Vic (roughing), 5:36; Harrison Vic (roughing), 5:36; Ully Kam (roughing), 5:36; Crunk Vic (high sticking), 7:38; Smith Kam (inter. on goaltender), 8:57; Fransoo Vic (10-minute misconduct), 15:54; Jones Vic (elbowing, interference), 15:54; Needham Kam (slashing), 15:54; Schaber Kam (10-minute misconduct), 15:54.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 5;
Kamloops 2 / 7.
Hamilton 0-1-0-0 (29 shots-25 saves);
Rathjen 0-1-0-0 (24 shots-21 saves).
Kamloops, Cheveldave 2-0-0-0 (28 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Colby Smith (57), Jon Stephenson (38).
Linesmen-Ryan Dawson (134), Michael Boisvert (111).