|Victoria fights for a loose puck in a 4-1 win over Vancouver Saturday|
The Royals sweep the 2 game set against the Giants, winning 6-4 the night before. It’s their 3rd sweep in 7 back to back home sets this season. Victoria now leads the 10 game season series 6 games to 2 and will meet next on the Island March 8th.
“Obviously really proud of our guys and pleased…the big thing is we’ve gotten large contributions from everybody. Once again our top guys have been good and our young guys have been able to push and feed off it.” – Head Coach Dave Lowry
The Royals are now just 2 points back of the Americans for 5th in the Conference and hold 3 games in hand.
|Patrik Polivka has 23 wins|
Patrik Polivka made 17 saves for his 23rd victory, and set the franchise record with 7 consecutive wins by a netminder, passing Chilliwack Bruins Lucas Gore.
Magee notched 6 goals in the two game set, extending his point streak to 8 games (9g 6a), while Alex Gogolev (1a) pushed his streak to 8 games (3g 17a), and Steven Hodges (1a) to 7 games (8g 4a). The line has produced 42 points in the 7 game streak.
It was the annual Pink In The Rink night and was the first capacity crowd of 7,006 of the season.
|Royals Bench on Pink in the Rink night.|
“I think our guys were excited, this is a great building to play in and they’re loud every night…great event, building is full and loud and our guys feed off that.”
|L-R Gogolev, Carrol and Polivka celebrate the win.|
In the 2nd, Brandon Fushimi would redirect a Joe Hicketts point shot on the power play to give Victoria a 3-0 lead after 40. The Royals outshot the Giants 11-2 in the middle frame.
Magee would strike :51 seconds into the third to take a commanding 4-0 lead. Cain Franson would add a single to round out the scoring and break the shout out bid.
Victoria played without Captain Tyler Stahl (serving game misconduct), Logan Nelson (Lower, 2-3 weeks), Ben Walker (Upper, day to day), Luke Harrison (Upper, indefinite), and Trent Lofthouse (Upper, day to day).
The 3 game home stand wraps up Tuesday against Prince Albert.
Vancouver Giants 1 at Victoria Royals 4 - Status: Final
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Vancouver 0 0 1 - 1
Victoria 2 1 1 - 4
1, Victoria, Crooks 22 (Carroll), 5:46.
2, Victoria, Magee 24 (Gogolev, Cote), 12:12 (PP).
Penalties-Gogolev Vic (roughing), 6:52; Sieben Van (tripping), 11:46; Kanzig Vic (delay of game), 15:35; Orban Van (elbowing), 18:16.
3, Victoria, Fushimi 6 (Walker, Hicketts), 7:03 (PP).
Penalties-Kanzig Vic (holding), 1:38; Kieser Van (tripping), 6:41; Orban Van (tripping), 8:04; Trott Van (major-fighting), 11:41; Crunk Vic (major-fighting), 11:41; Vickerman Van (kneeing), 14:07; Sward Van (10-minute misconduct), 15:47; Carroll Vic (10-minute misconduct), 15:47; Magee Vic (slashing), 15:47.
4, Victoria, Magee 25 (Hodges, Gagnon), 0:51.
5, Vancouver, Franson 20 (Orban, Kulak), 8:02.
Penalties-Crunk Vic (checking to the head), 19:00.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 0 / 5;
Victoria 2 / 5.
Vancouver, Rathjen 2-6-0-0 (27 shots-23 saves).
Victoria, Polivka 23-10-1-2 (18 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Jason Cramer (57), Colin Watt (72).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).