Jamie Crooks scored twice against his former club to lead the Victoria Royals (12-11, 24pts) past the visiting Saskatoon Blades (10-11-0-1, 21pts) 5-2 Tuesday night.
The Royals snap the Blades 2 game win streak, taking the only game in the season series, and improve to 2-1 on their current 6 game homestand.
Patrik Polivka earned his 9th win with a 29 save performance, while Russian Andrey Makarov played the first 40 minutes allowing 4 goals on 26 shots. Back up Alex Moodie played the 3rd stopping 8 of 9.
After Brandon Magee scored the lone goal in the first, Victoria scored 3 second period goals to take a 4-1 lead to the third where the teams traded goals.
Crooks scored once on the power play and added a short handed breakaway marker, both in the middle frame for this team leading 10th and 11th goals of the season. The Royals had strong second period outshooting the Blades 17-9.
Alex Gogolev had a goal and an assist, and Austin Carroll chipped in with a pair of helpers. Captain Tyler Stahl has goals in back to back games after adding the Royals lone tally in the third.
The Blades got goals from Brenden Walker in the second to cut the lead to 2-1, and Matej Stransky added a single in the third.
Victoria went 1 for 2 on their power play, while Saskatoon struck once on six opportunities.
Up next the Royals will face the Cougars in Victoria, Friday and Saturday before wrapping up the six game homestand next Tuesday against Moose Jaw.
Saskatoon Blades 2 at Victoria Royals 5 - Status: Final
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Saskatoon 0 1 1 - 2
Victoria 1 3 1 - 5
1, Victoria, Magee 10 (Gagnon, Crunk), 3:10.
Penalties-Walker Sas (holding), 6:22; Walker Vic (elbowing), 9:43.
2, Victoria, Crooks 10 (Nelson, Cote), 1:46 (PP).
3, Saskatoon, Walker 3 (Dietz), 10:25.
4, Victoria, Crooks 11 (Hodges), 12:29 (SH).
5, Victoria, Gogolev 10 (Carroll, Walker), 18:58.
Penalties-Sutter Sas (cross checking), 0:57; Siemens Sas (cross checking), 4:57; Carroll Vic (roughing), 4:57; Hodges Vic (inter. on goaltender), 6:04; Craig Sas (major-fighting), 10:57; Harrison Vic (major-fighting), 10:57; Kanzig Vic (interference), 11:20; Sutter Sas (cross checking), 14:00; Hicketts Vic (roughing), 14:00.
6, Victoria, Stahl 3 (Gogolev, Carroll), 3:43.
7, Saskatoon, Stransky 9 (Craig, Schmidt), 9:05 (PP).
Penalties-Magee Vic (cross checking), 7:59; Kambeitz Sas (major-fighting), 16:36; Lernout Sas (roughing), 16:36; Hodges Vic (roughing, major-fighting), 16:36; Kanzig Vic (roughing), 16:36; Siemens Sas (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 19:19; Stahl Vic (checking from behind, checking from behind), 19:19.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Saskatoon 1 / 6;
Victoria 1 / 2.
Saskatoon, Makarov 10-10-0-1 (26 shots-22 saves); Moodie 0-1-0-0 (9 shots-8 saves).
Victoria, Polivka 9-6-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Ryan Gibbons (73), Nathan Van Oosten (115).