|Brandon Magee celebrates his overtime winning goal for the Royals|
|Logan Nelson attacks|
“We got exceptional goaltending, the power play scored early and gave us an opportunity. The guys played really hard, it was a carry over from last night in Seattle.” - Head Coach Dave Lowry.
Magee notched his second of the night and 4th in two games, as Victoria earned their first win in Portland since moving to the Island.
“We knew he was a streaky scorer, and we knew it was only a matter of time before he’d score again.” said Lowry about Magee, “We’ve missed his offense, but this weekend was a real good time to find it.”
|Magee scores in overtime, beating Burke high blocker|
|Bjorkstrand readies for a one timer|
There would be no more scoring until the third when Oliver Bjorkstrand tied the game at 2 with less than 6 minutes to go.
Victoria improves to 6-3 on the road, while handing Portland just their 3rd home loss of the season. The Royals leap past the Thunderbirds for 6th in the West by a single point, and are now 7 points up on the Giants and Cougars.
Vollrath improves to 4-1-0-1 on the season while sporting the leagues top save percentage (0.939) and 3rd best goals against average (2.21).
Brendan Burke who leads the league in wins with 13, suffered his 4th regulation loss allowing 3 goals on 36 shots.
|Hodges gets ready for a faceoff, with Magee (2 goals) on his left|
Victoria was without 3 defenseman. Keegan Kanzig and Jordan Fransoo are day to day, and Joe Hicketts out indefinitely. Jack Walker did not play (ill).
|Brett Cote blocks one of many Portland shots|
Wearing the ‘C’ in Fransoo’s absence was centerman Logan Fisher for a second straight game.
“Just look at the type of player he is and how hard he competes every night. From the start of the year he’s taken some great strides and he’s very deserving of it.”
It was the first meeting of the season between Victoria and Portland, and will meet 3 times in a row beginning at the Moda Center on January 4th.
The Royals now return home and await the Thunderbirds for a pair Friday and Saturday.
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - Moda Center - Portland, OR
Victoria 2 0 0 1 - 3
Portland 1 0 1 0 - 2
1, Victoria, Carroll 9 0:25.
2, Portland, Leier 13 (De Leo, Pouliot), 2:01.
3, Victoria, Magee 4 (Reddekopp, Palmer), 6:12 (PP).
Penalties-Bittner Por (tripping), 4:33; Carroll Vic (embellishment), 15:42.
Penalties-Kohlhauser Vic (tripping), 17:48.
4, Portland, Bjorkstrand 16 (Leipsic, Pouliot), 14:14.
Penalties-Hodges Vic (roughing), 1:54; Leier Por (inter. on goaltender), 2:04; Soy Vic (delay of game), 8:26; Petan Por (hooking), 16:44.
5, Victoria, Magee 5 (Hodges), 0:31.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 3;
Portland 0 / 4.
Victoria, Vollrath 4-1-0-1 (43 shots-41 saves).
Portland, Burke 13-3-1-1 (36 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Tim Digby (75), Jacob Hill (122).
|Vollrath keeps on eye on the Portland skater|