|Nic Petan misses a one timer, but went on to win 5-2|
The Royals who were playing 5 games in 6 nights, entertained the #2 ranked team in the CHL.
“I can’t fault the effort of my team, I thought for a team that travelled today, the third game, an early game – I thought our guys competed.” said Dave Lowry, Royals Head Coach, “We didn’t capatalize on our chances, and they’re an opportunistic team, they get a chance they usually capatalize and that was the case.”
|Logan Nelson fires a shot past Brendan Burke|
|Burke makes a huge glove save|
“Most of the time we stuck with the game plan, we can’t ask for more – we’re going through a real tough schedule right now.” - Enio Sacilotto, Royals Assistant Coach
Taylor Leir had 4 assists on the night, and along with league rookie scoring leader, Oliver Bjorkstrand the trio combined for 9 points.
|#3 Seth Jones celebrates a goal|
Coleman Vollrath made 39 saves, while his counterpart Brendan Burke stopped 27.
Vollrath made an impressive stop on 44 goal man Ty Rattie when the game was 3-0 in the third.
|Joe Hicketts second effort, earns him his 9th of the year|
The Royals were 0 for 1 on the power play, and held the ‘Hawks off the score sheet on their 2 chances. There were no penalties called in the first and second period.
|Mitch Deacon crashes the net|
Victoria is set to face Kamloops in the opening round of the playoffs, a chance to avenge last years sweep to the Blazers.
Single game tickets for the 2013 WHL Playoffs will go on sale this Monday, March 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the Select Your Tickets box office located at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, online at www.selectyourtickets.com or over the phone at 250-220-7777. Only tickets to the first two home games of the playoffs will be made available at this time.
|Brandon Magee fires a shot|
“The effort was great tonight, hopefully we can build a little bit on that – come back Tuesday and give them a good run for their money.” quipped Sacilotto.
Portland Winterhawks 5 at Victoria Royals 2 - Status: Final
Sunday, March 10, 2013 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Portland 1 2 2 - 5
Victoria 0 0 2 - 2
1, Portland, Bjorkstrand 29 (Leier), 3:34.
2, Portland, De Leo 15 (Leier), 9:48.
3, Portland, Jones 13 (Rattie, Leipsic), 13:08.
Penalties-Iverson Por (interference), 7:15; Deacon Vic (inter. on goaltender), 16:53; Fisher Vic (closing hand on puck), 18:53.
4, Victoria, Nelson 13 (Walker, Cote), 7:47.
5, Portland, De Leo 16 (Leier, Jones), 10:54.
6, Victoria, Hicketts 3 18:39.
7, Portland, De Leo 17 (Bjorkstrand, Leier), 19:17 (EN).
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Portland 0 / 2;
Victoria 0 / 1.
Portland, Burke 21-5-1-0 (29 shots-27 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 3-11-0-2 (43 shots-39 saves).
Referees-Adam Griffiths (36), Matt Kirk (4).
Linesmen-Nick Bilko (66), Tim Digby (75).