|The Royals celebrate a 4-3 overtime win against the Broncos|
“I loved our start, I really liked the commitment the guys made and attention to detail. We had a lot of guys that sacraficed and blocked shots and paid a price…” – Head Coach Dave Lowry
The Royals snap a 2 game losing streak and move back into sole possession of 4th in the West. The Broncos dropped their 2nd in a row.
|Steven Hodges #11 had a goal and an assist|
|Time Out Royals|
The Royals had two players making their debut. Affiliate 16 year old forward Matthew Dykstra played his first WHL game, a 4th round pick in 2012. 17 year old forward Braden Oleksyn acquired in a deal with the Hitmen earned his first WHL point with an assist.
Victoria jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with a trio of goals in a span of 1:45, all by the 3:35 mark of the first. Swift clawed back with a goal in the first, and two in the third to force overtime.
Blomqvist had a 3 point night with a goal and two assists, Steven Hodges had a goal and an assist while Ben Walker extended his goal scoring streak to 4 games (5g 1a). Tyler Soy rounded out the scoring with 9th of the year to lead all 16 years old in that department.
|Ben Walker (1g), tracks Julius Honka (1g 1a)|
The Royals went 0 for 4 with the man advantage, however two were abberviated. The Broncos went 1 for 6 as Victoria blocked numerous shots and got timely saves from Polivka.
The Royals improve to 3-0 in overtime games and 10-5 on the road.
Victoria’s 5 game road trip continues in Medicine Hat Saturday, Lethbridge Sunday afternoon, and wraps up in Edmonton Tuesday.
- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 4 (OT) at Swift Current Broncos 3 - Status: Final
Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Credit Union i-plex - Swift Current, SK
Victoria 3 0 0 1 - 4
Swift Current 1 0 2 0 - 3
1, Victoria, Walker 13 (Oleksyn, Blomqvist), 1:50.
2, Victoria, Soy 9 2:46.
3, Victoria, Hodges 4 (Blomqvist, Schacher), 3:35.
4, Swift Current, Honka 12 (Cave, Martin), 10:40 (PP).
Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 6:13; Walker Vic (holding), 10:08; Heatherington S.c (hooking), 18:08.
Penalties-Oleksyn Vic (tripping), 8:50; Bosc S.c (tripping), 16:12; Hodges Vic (holding), 16:25; Heatherington S.c (tripping), 18:18; Cote Vic (slashing), 18:35.
5, Swift Current, Gawdin 4 (Honka), 5:18.
6, Swift Current, Merkley 14 (DeBrusk, Black), 14:31.
Penalties-Kohlhauser Vic (major-fighting), 6:06; Odgers S.c (major-fighting), 6:06; Reddekopp Vic (hooking), 9:52; Zinkan S.c (holding), 12:01.
7, Victoria, Blomqvist 10 (Reddekopp, Hodges), 3:31.
Shots on Goal-
Swift Current 7-9-14-2-32.
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4;
Swift Current 1 / 6.
Victoria, Polivka 14-9-0-0 (32 shots-29 saves).
Laurikainen 11-10-0-2 (5 shots-5 saves);
Bow 8-2-0-1 (28 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Adam Byblow (23), Cole Hamm (51).
Linesmen-Jonny Bast (129), Jason Roy (94).