Friday, 4 October 2013

Recap: VIC 3 - KAM 4

To hear post game reaction from Assistant Coach Enio Sacilotto and forwards Logan Nelson & Logan Fisher, click here:

Tim Bozon scored a shorthanded breakaway goal to lift the Kamloops Blazers to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Victoria Royals (3-5) Friday night.

“Thought we played pretty hard and put out a great effort.  Sometimes it doesn’t go your way…tonight we deserved a better fate.”  - Enio Sacilotto, Royals assistant coach

The Royals wrap up their 4 game BC Division road trip with a 2-2 record after a win in Kelowna and a split in Prince George.

The Blazers held period leads of 2-0 and 3-2, with the Royals pulling even twice but couldn’t find the equalizer in the third with the goaltender pulled.

Victoria outshot Kamloops 33-23, with Bolton Pouliout earning his first win as a Blazer making 30 saves. 

“We pride ourselves on working hard and being conditioned, that’s what it comes down to on a 4 game road trip…” said Logan Fisher on outshooting the opposition 15-6 in the third at the end of 3 games in 4 nights.

Patrik Polivka made 19 saves in the defeat, including a short handed breakaway stop on Aspen Sterzer in the second.

The Royals got a goal and assist from Logan Nelson, with singles from Joe Hicketts and Austin Carroll.  Brandon Magee and Brett Cote both chipped in with a pair of helpers. Nelson’s line with Carroll and Magee combined for 5 points.

“We had a great effort, the chances were there…we made a few mistakes early in the game and they capitalized, it’s hard to get out of a hole against a good team…” - Logan Nelson, Royals Forward

Tyson Ness had a pair for the Blazers, and Aaron Macklin opened the scoring.

Victoria’s power play scored twice on 7 opportunities, stopping all 3 Kamloops man advantages.  The Royals penalty kill did not allow a goal during the 4 game road trip.

“It was good…after the Spokane games we wanted to get better at it and I think we did that on this road trip.” Said Fisher on the clubs penalty killing.

The Royals open up a 5 game homestand Sunday afternoon at 1pm against the Americans.

-Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 3 at Kamloops Blazers 4 - Status: Final
Friday, October 4, 2013 - Interior Savings Centre - Kamloops, BC

Victoria 0 2 1 - 3
Kamloops 2 1 1 - 4

1st Period-
1, Kamloops, Macklin 1 (Kornelsen, Sterzer), 5:54.
2, Kamloops, Ness 3   17:00.

Penalties-Fransoo Vic (major-fighting), 1:50; Grist Kam (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 1:50; Lofthouse Vic (delay of game), 11:16.

2nd Period-
3, Victoria, Nelson 2 (Cote, Magee), 0:22 (PP).
4, Victoria, Hicketts 2 (Cote, Nelson), 4:21 (PP).
5, Kamloops, Ness 4 (Needham, Thomson), 13:11.

Penalties-Souto Kam (charging), 0:10; Souto Kam (hooking), 4:07; Magee Vic (high sticking), 10:53; Sterzer Kam (hooking), 14:04.

3rd Period-
6, Victoria, Carroll 4 (Magee), 1:33.
7, Kamloops, Bozon 1   12:22 (SH).

Penalties-Gagnon Vic (interference), 3:22; Harlacher Kam (high sticking, high sticking), 11:54; Grist Kam (hooking), 14:39.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 7-11-15-33.
Kamloops 11-6-6-23.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 7; Kamloops 0 / 3.

Victoria, Polivka 2-4-0-0 (23 shots-19 saves).
Kamloops, Pouliot 1-1-0-0 (33 shots-30 saves).

Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Dexter Rasmussen (25).
Linesmen-Ryan Dawson (134), Kris Hartley (81).