Thursday, 7 March 2013

Recap: Victoria 3 - Kelowna 4 Shoot Out

Defenseman Madison Bowey scored twice and Rourke Chartier the lone goal in a 6 round shoot out to give the Kelowna Rockets a 4-3 win against the visiting Victoria Royals Wednesday.

Jack Walker scores
The players did everything we asked of them tonight, we were very short staffed with 9 scratches with some very important guys missing, and with 3 (affiliate players) on the roster…right from the goaltending with Vollrath right through it was great effort…” – Enio Sacilotto, Royals Assistant Coach

Austin Carroll and Jack Walker had a goal and an assist each while Coleman Vollrath made 27 saves for 2nd star honours.
Coleman Vollrath peers through crowd

The Royals came back twice to tie and held a 3-2 lead late, but with 47.7 seconds left in third the Rockets tied it up to force extra innings before taking it in the shootout.

I’ve been coaching for 30 years…this one is definitely going to stick in there…despite the shoot out loss and considering all the odds against us, it’s been a very memorable evening.”  Sacilotto said.

Victoria had 9 scratches, dressing 9 forwards and 7 defenseman.  With 6 injuries, Keegan Kanzig and Tim Traber were serving suspensions (TBD), and Logan Nelson was ill.  Head Coach Dave Lowry was also serving a suspension (TBD).  Kelowna was without their leading scorer Myles Bell, who took warm up, but was a late scratch.

J Walker stopped by Cooke in shootout
“Tough way to lose, definitely…we were down 9 regulars players and a lot of guys stepped up tonight…we played a simple game…even though we only came away with a single point, I’m still proud of the way my teammates played and battled for a whole 65 minutes.” – Coleman Vollrath, Royals Netminder

Fransoo wears 'C'
Victoria went 0 for 1 on the power play, while Kelowna went 1 for 3.

The Royals are now winless in 11 (0-9-1-1) tying the franchise record held by the Chilliwack Bruins in ‘06-07.

The line of Austin Carroll and the Walker brothers had 5 points, while Jamie Crooks scored his team leading 32nd.

Carroll scores go ahead goal
We wish we would’ve won, but it’s an uplifting feeling playing 65 minutes against one of the top teams in the country.  We’re definitely happy with that…” – Austin Carroll, Royals Forward

It was the final meeting of the season, with Victoria’s record versus Kelowna (1-6-0-1).

1st WHL Game Chaz Reddekopp
Royals 13th overall bantam pick in 2012, defenseman Chaz Reddekopp played his first WHL game, standing in a 6’3 205 lbs.

The Rockets are ranked 5th in the CHL, and hold a 3 point lead on the 3rd place Blazers.  Kelowna kicks off a home and home with Kamloops on Friday.

Victoria has 6 games left, and return to the Island for a home and home against Vancouver Friday and Saturday, and a 5pm game Sunday at home against Portland.

#24 Matthew Campese
Royals Injuries:
#22 Taylor Crunk, F, lower body, 1 week
#20 Logan Fisher, F, upper body, indefinite
#17 Alex Gogolev, F, lower body, day-to-day
#28 Luke Harrison, F, upper body, indefinite
#16 Trent Lofthouse, F, upper body, 1 - 2 weeks
#7 Tyler Stahl, D, lower body, day-to-day

Victoria Royals 3 at Kelowna Rockets 4 (SO) - Status: Final SO
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC

Victoria 0 2 1 0 - 3
Kelowna 1 1 1 0 - 4

1st Period-
1, Kelowna, Bowey 11 (Stadel, Baillie), 17:18 (PP).

Penalties-served by Campese Vic (too many men), 16:55.

2nd Period-
2, Victoria, Crooks 32 (Hodges, Magee), 2:21.
3, Kelowna, Lees 11 (Chartier, Linaker), 14:11.
4, Victoria, Walker 7 (Carroll, Walker), 15:55.

Penalties-Walker Vic (tripping), 11:22.

3rd Period-
5, Victoria, Carroll 15 (Walker), 18:45.
6, Kelowna, Bowey 12 (Franko), 19:12.

Penalties-Cote Vic (interference), 3:10; Chartier Kel (high sticking), 7:38.

OT Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout –
Victoria 0 (Hodges NG, Magee NG, Walker NG, Cote NG, Walker NG, Crooks NG), Kelowna 1 (Baillie NG, Fowlie NG, Sissons NG, Severson NG, Franko NG, Chartier G).

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 8-4-9-2-0-23.
Kelowna 10-12-4-4-1-31.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 1;
Kelowna 1 / 3.

Victoria, Vollrath 2-9-0-2 (30 shots-27 saves).
Kelowna, Cooke 33-14-2-1 (23 shots-20 saves).

Referees-Steve Papp (17), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Mike Langin (67), Alex Teichroeb (120).