Sunday, 1 December 2013

Recap: VIC 3 - SEA 6

The Seattle Thunderbirds broke a second period 2-2 tie with 4 goals in a span of 4:56 in a 6-3 win over the visiting Victoria Royals Saturday night.

Logan Fisher scores for Victoria
The club had only given up 4 goals over their 5 game win streak coming in. 

“It’s just how it goes sometimes, we’ve been playing well as of late.  We don’t think that just because we lost this one it’s all going to downhill now – it’s one game, we’re going to put it behind us and get back on the win train.” – Royals Forwad Steven Hodges

The Thunderbirds earned their 3rd straight win.

Victoria settles for a split on their two game US road swing after a 3-1 win at Tri City the night before.

Seattle jumped to an early 2-0 lead with goals :38 seconds apart before the game was 3 minutes old.

“They really poured it on in the first 10 minutes and got 2 goals, I think that’s what really gave them the energy to continue on in the game.” Said Hodges
Victoria had their 5 game win streak snapped
Mitch Skapski (1g 1a) scored his first in a Victoria jersey to cut the lead in half.

“It felt great, it was about time.  Had so many chances, bared down and buried my opportunity…” – Mitch Skapski
Skapski & Fisher had 2pts each (1g 1a)

In the second Logan Fisher (1g 1a) tied the game at 2, but then the Royals fell into penalty trouble and Seattle scored 4 straight, 2 with the man advantage to take a 6-2 lead to the final frame. 

Brandon Fushimi cut the lead in half, set up by Axel Blomqvist, but it was as close as Victoria would come.

“For the most part we followed the game plan, but we had a lot of pucks bounce over our sticks – can’t let that be an excuse but we’re going to come back stronger…” said Hodges

Netminder Patrik Polivka allowed 5 goals on 22 shots, while Coleman Vollrath came in relief late in the second stopping 10 of 11.  Danny Mumaugh earned the win kicking out 27 shots.

Special teams played a role as Seattle went 2 for 6, and Victoria was blanked on 4 man advantages.

Roberts Lipsbergs (2g 1a) and Brenden Trook (1g 2a) had 3 point nights for the T-birds who even the season series in their final meeting of the regular season.

Brandon Magee fought Jamien Yakubowski in the first period.

Victoria wraps up a successful month of November with a 9-4 record.  The had their franchise record 6th straight road wins snapped.

The Royals return home for a 3 game set beginning with the Ice on Tuesday, followed by a back to back set against the Giants.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 3 at Seattle Thunderbirds 6 - Status: Final
Saturday, November 30, 2013 - ShoWare Center - Kent, WA

Victoria 1 1 1 - 3
Seattle 2 4 0 - 6

1st Period-
1, Seattle, Delnov 13 (Hauf), 2:11.
2, Seattle, Lipsbergs 16 (Hauf, Barzal), 2:49.
3, Victoria, Skapski 1 (Fisher, Gagnon), 11:03.

Penalties-Magee Vic (major-fighting), 7:05; Yakubowski Sea (major-fighting), 7:05; Swenson Sea (hooking), 8:33.

2nd Period-
4, Victoria, Fisher 2 (Skapski), 4:45.
5, Seattle, Theodore 12 (Swenson, Mumaugh), 12:41.
6, Seattle, Barzal 4 (Lipsbergs, Troock), 16:33 (PP).
7, Seattle, Troock 9 (Gropp, Delnov), 16:52.
8, Seattle, Lipsbergs 17 (Theodore, Troock), 17:37 (PP).

Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 6:30; Hodges Vic (hooking), 15:49; Kanzig Vic (delay of game), 17:03; Hodges Vic (checking to the head), 19:42.

3rd Period-
9, Victoria, Fushimi 11 (Blomqvist, Walker), 7:12.

Penalties-Eansor Sea (slashing), 1:50; Lipsbergs Sea (kneeing), 5:01; Troock Sea (high sticking), 12:42; Fisher Vic (closing hand on puck), 15:21; Carroll Vic (roughing), 18:52.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 11-7-12-30.
Seattle 8-18-7-33.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4;
Seattle 2 / 6.

Polivka 13-9-0-0 (22 shots-17 saves);
Vollrath 5-2-0-1 (11 shots-10 saves).

Mumaugh 7-5-1-3 (30 shots-27 saves).

Referees-Steve Papp (17), Colin Watt (72).
Linesmen-Aaron Mills (120), Nathan Van Oosten (115).