Thursday, 30 August 2012

Recap: Intra-Squad Game

The Victoria Royals Main Camp concluded Wednesday night with Team White defeating Team Black 5-2 at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre.  Mitch Deacon (who played for Lloydminster in the AJHL last year) collected 2 goals and assist in a 3 point night for White.

D Kade Pilton scores with this drive.
Intra-Squad Roster
White started Michael Herringer, and finished with Jared Rathjen.  Black started Evan Smith and finished with Coleman Vollrath.

More cuts are expected after the game as Pre-Season kicks off Thursday (August 30th) in Kamloops.  Full schedule below.

F Steven Hodges in the media scrum after the game:

Logan Nelson (White) in front of G Coleman Vollrath and D-men 5-Keegan Kanzig 8-Michael Bell

Head Coach Dave Lowry:
#12-Brandon Fushimi scores on this play.

Unofficial Scoring Summary:

1st Period
White: Deacon (Hirose, B. Walker) :06
White: Nelson (Hodges, Mark Nerland) 10:24 
White: Deacon (2)  (Fransoo, Pilton) 17:33

2nd Period
White: Hirose (Deacon, Dixon) 1:20 PP
Black: Pilton (Soy, Fushimi) 10:26 
White: Tait (Conroy, Zgraggen ) 11:45 
Black: Fushimi (Carroll, Cote) 13:54

3rd Period
No Scoring

Shots on Goal:
White 32 - Black 29

A big collision between #14 Logan Nelson & #7? Chaz Reddekopp
Not Dressed:

   Patrik Polivka
   Keith Hamilton

   Tyler Stahl
   Brandon Magee
   Jamie Crooks
   Mike Forsyth

Tyler Soy looks to feed Austin Carroll (Black)
Pre Season Schedule:
Thursday 30/08/2012 Victoria @ Kamloops 7:00
Friday 31/08/2012 Kamloops vs Victoria 7:05 in Maple Ridge
Friday 07/09/2012 Kelowna vs Victoria 7:05 Maple Ridge
Saturday 08/09/2012 Victoria @ Kelowna 7:05
Friday 14/09/2012 Victoria @ Vancouver 7:30 Ladner
Saturday 15/09/2012 Vancouver @ Victoria 2:05
Mitch Deacon collects three points in National Bank Financial Intra-Squad Game.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Victoria, BC – Victoria Royals National Bank Financial Intra-Squad Game occurred on Wednesday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre with the players being split in to Team Black and Team White. The contest marked the end of training camp and featured 39 of 46 players still in contention to crack the 2012-13 Victoria Royals roster. Michael Herringer got the start in net for Team White while Team Black gave the nod to Evan Smith.

Team White got off to a quick start when Mitch Deacon capitalized on Taro Hirose’s rebound just six seconds into the first frame. Deacon picked the puck up off the left post before he beat Smith over the shoulder to open the scoring. Team White struck again at 10:24 when Logan Nelson found the back of the net. Steven Hodges sprung out of the right corner with the puck and fed Nelson in the high slot. Deacon then added his second of the night on the powerplay at 17:33 of the first period after he knocked Jordan Fransoo’s point shot out of the air and banged it home. Team White took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

Hirose added a powerplay goal to extend Team White’s lead to four at 1:20 of the middle frame. Deacon centered the puck from below the goal line to Hirose who converted on the play. At the halfway mark of the second frame, Jared Rathjen took over in net for Team White while Coleman Vollrath was sent between the pipes for Team Black. Kade Pilton then opened the scoring for Team Black at 10:26 after he one-timed Tyler Soy’s pass from the right point. Team White responded a minute later when Clay Tait added a marker. Dakota Conroy broke in on the right wing and fired a shot off of Vollrath’s left pad before Tait buried the rebound. Team Black answered back and made it 5-2 on a goal from Brandon Fushimi at the 13:54 mark. Fushimi capitalized on a two-on-one with Austin Carroll after he redirected Carroll’s centering pass from the left wing. After two periods of play Team White held a 5-2 lead.

The final frame remained scoreless as both teams played a tight defensive game. Rathjen and Vollrath each turned away nine shots during the frame. Team White 5 Team Black 2.

The Royals now head on the road for two pre-season games against the Kamloops Blazers in Kamloops on Thursday, August 30th and in Maple Ridge on Friday, August 31st.

The Royals will kick off their 2012-13 home schedule on September 22nd when they will host the Vancouver Giants at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Season tickets and mini-packs are now on sale. Guarantee yourself the best seats by visiting, calling 250-220-7889, or emailing before it’s too late!