“We came here to win one game and were hoping it would be the first one…I thought all in all it was a great effort by the team tonight.” – Enio Sacilotto, Royals Assistant Coach
Steven Hodges also had a pair for the Royals, who got a 33 performance from netminder Patrik Polivka in his first game back after missing 7 with an injury.
|Hodges denied on a Short Handed Breakaway by Cheveldave|
Sacilotto felt he witnessed one of Hodges best outings,
“He was outstanding, that was one of the strongest games I’ve see him play in the three years I’ve been with him…I expect for him to keep it up through the series.”
|Polivka was excellent with 33 saves|
“We had a big effort, we worked hard all night long…in the third we had some quality chances and we didn’t get rewarded.” Sacilotto said.
Both clubs were 33% on the power play, Victoria 1 for 3, and Kamloops 2 for 6.
Sacilotto talked about what the club could improve on for the next game.
“We’ve got to be a little more disciplined, perhaps we took too many penalties, which didn’t help our situation…”
The game was tied at 1 after 20 minutes, and 2-2 heading into the third. Both clubs responded quickly after being scored upon.
Brendan Ranford and Joel Edmundson both chipped in with a pair of assists.
Playing in their first WHL playoff games were F Tyler Soy, D Isaac Schacher, Jack Walker, F Logan Fisher, F Mitch Deacon, G Patrik Polivka, D Ryan Gagnon, and D Joe Hicketts. Their Captain Tyler Stahl was a late scratch.
“Everyone who played tonight…we got a total team effort…Unfortunately we didn’t get the reward, but we’ll be ready for (Saturday).”
The Royals will look for a split Saturday night before returning home on Tuesday, March 26 for Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals. Puck drop on Tuesday is set for 7:05 p.m. at Bear Mountain Arena.
Friday, March 22, 2013 - Interior Savings Centre - Kamloops, BC
Victoria 1 1 0 - 2
Kamloops 1 1 1 - 3
1, Victoria, Hodges 1 (Cote, Nelson), 12:25.
2, Kamloops, Kessy 1 (Smith, Edmundson), 12:59 (PP).
Penalties-Deacon Vic (high sticking), 12:39; Carroll Vic (interference), 17:20.
3, Kamloops, Lipon 1 (Ranford, Edmundson), 17:44 (PP).
4, Victoria, Hodges 2 (Walker), 18:48 (PP).
Penalties-Fransoo Vic (slashing), 7:37; Kanzig Vic (delay of game), 9:31; Magee Vic (slashing), 17:10; Needham Kam (tripping), 18:05.
5, Kamloops, Lipon 2 (Ully, Ranford), 4:37.
Penalties-Deacon Vic (slashing), 0:28; Needham Kam (slashing), 6:33; Hansen Kam (interference), 12:14.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 3;
Kamloops 2 / 6.
Victoria, Polivka 0-1-0-0 (36 shots-33 saves).
Kamloops, Cheveldave 1-0-0-0 (24 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Ryan Dawson (134), Kris Hartley (81).