Saturday, 3 November 2012

Preview: Victoria at Portland, Saturday Nov 3rd

The Victoria Royals fell 6-2 in Portland last night against the Winterhawks in the first of back to back meetings.  Pregame show at 6:45, puck drop at 7pm on The Zone @ 91.3 FM or online at

The Royals celebrate their 2nd goal of evening.
Winterhawks forward line of Nic Petan (1g, 2a), Brendan Leipsic (1g 2a), and Ty Rattie (1g, 1a) combined for 8 points, while defenseman Tyler Wotherspon (3a) chipped in with 3 assists, helping the club to their 7th win in a row. 

The Royals now have dropped 3 straight on the road, and seek to avenge the loss tonight.

Victoria openend the scoring Friday night with the man advantage courtesy of Brandon Magee, but trailed 3-1 after 20 minutes while being outshot 30-11.

Down 4-1 in the second, the Royals scored their second power play goal of the game from Jordan Fransoo, his first of the season to cut the lead in half. 

Portland promptly replied :28 seconds later, with 2 goals in a span of :25 seconds to take a 6-2 lead to the third.

There was no scoring in the third, as the Winterhawks took the first of four season meetings.

Final shots where 47-29 for the home team, who’ve outshot the opposition in each of their contests this season.

Royals netminder Patrik Polivka played the first 40 minutes, stopping 36 of 42 shots, while Coleman Vollrath started the third, kicking out all 5 shots he faced.  Brendan Burke made 27 saves for his fourth win of the season.

Victoria’s power play went 2 for 7, against the number 1 ranked penalty kill in the league, while stopping all 5 Portland man advantages.

It was a physically played game, with 78 penalty minutes handed out.

Rattie extended his point streak to 9 games, (21 pts), the longest current streak in the league, as Petan extended his scoring streak to 6 games, (14 points), including five multi-point games.

Steven Hodges drew his 3 straight assist in his last 3 games, while Magee has goals in back to back games and leads his club in goals with 8.

After tonight’s game in Portland, Victoria travels to Alberta for stops in Lethbridge, Calgary and Medicine Hat, part of 5 games in 9 nights on the road.