“We got real solid goaltending, I liked our penalty kill, and power play scored a couple goals. It was a real good team effort and a lot guys sacrificed and paid the price to win.” – Head Coach Dave Lowry
|The Royals celebrate a power play goal|
Victoria takes sole possession of 5th in the West with 31 points, one more that idle Tri City and now just 2 back of Spokane.
|Polivka star #1|
Victoria has now set the franchise record for consecutive road wins with 5, and improve to 8-3 away from home.
Kelowna (16-3-0-2, 34 pts) who’s ranked 3rd in the CHL, fell at home for just a second time in regulation, and second loss at home to the Royals. Victoria is now 2-1-0-1 in the eight game season series.
Tyson Baillie tied it up in the second as the Rockets outshot the Royals 24-8 after 40 minutes. Victoria came out strong in the third, getting 3 unanswered goals. Austin Carroll (11th) on the power play, Ben Walker (6th) and Brandon Fushimi (9th), also with the man advantage.
“…We weathered the storm for a period and half, and our goaltending was real good and then in the third period got some timely goal scoring.” Said Lowry
The Royals outshot the Rockets in the final frame 11-3.
“We killed off two 5 on 3's which really gave us the push we needed, we got a lot of energy from that and when guys are going all out to block shots it really just get’s the boys all fired up.” Said Tyler Soy, “We knew we had to play hard and do the little things right to win the last period and that’s what we went out and did.”
|Victoria buzzing around Cooke in the third|
Victoria scored 2 power play goals on 5 opportunities while stopping all 5 Kelowna man advantages including a pair of 5 on 3 chances.
“Special teams were real good tonight, it was nice on the power play to get a couple goals, those are some important goals." said Ben Walker "And on the PK we had some really nice kills, and ultimately special teams won us the game tonight.”
The Royals improve to 11-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
“Confidence is a big thing for this club,” said Austin Carroll, “…once we get that first goal, we end up winning, we get on a roll and it feels good.”
|Celebrating the win in Kelowna|
Riding a 2 game win streak the Royals return home to face Luke Harrison and the Blazers for a pair of games Friday and Saturday. Victoria is expected to dress newcomer Axel Blomqvist.
- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 4 at Kelowna Rockets 1 - Status: Final
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC
Victoria 1 0 3 - 4
Kelowna 0 1 0 - 1
1, Victoria, Soy 6 (Skapski), 2:58.
Penalties-Nelson Vic (inter. on goaltender), 3:33; Cote Vic (delay of game), 4:45; Hodges Vic (roughing), 13:45; Goulbourne Kel (roughing), 13:45.
2, Kelowna, Baillie 10 (Olsen, Franko), 5:47.
Penalties-Fisher Vic (hooking), 1:57; Severson Kel (holding), 9:28; Reddekopp Vic (hooking), 10:53; Magee Vic (inter. on goaltender), 11:24; served by Franko Kel (too many men), 18:26.
3, Victoria, Carroll 11 (Nelson, Cote), 6:44 (PP).
4, Victoria, Walker 6 12:09. 5, Victoria, Fushimi 9 (Magee), 15:01 (PP).
Penalties-served by Franko Kel (too many men), 4:42; Stadel Kel (cross checking), 6:17; Baillie Kel (tripping), 14:19; Kel (game - coach), 15:01.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 5;
Kelowna 0 / 5.
Victoria, Polivka 10-8-0-0 (27 shots-26 saves).
Kelowna, Cooke 12-1-0-2 (19 shots-15 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Brett Iverson (24).
Linesmen-Ryan Gibbons (73), Bevan Mills (98).