Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Recap: MH 1 - VIC 2

Brandon Magee's goal in the second, stood as the winner
Coleman Vollrath made 28 saves and Brandon Magee's second period goal stood as the winner, as the Victoria Royals (31-16-0-2, 64pts) beat the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers 2-1 Tuesday night.

“We didn’t play as well as we would’ve liked.  We got a couple goals and we held on.” – Head Coach Dave Lowry  

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Fushimi beats Langhammer
Victoria wraps up their 5 game home stand with a winning record (3-2) and avenge a 4-3 shoot out loss in Medicine Hat (26-16-3-0, 55pts) back in December.

Brandon Fushimi (13th) scored the lone goal of the first on the power play, before Magee’s 16th put the Royals up 2-0 in the second.  Curtis Valk scored his 23rd of the year with the man advantage to cut the lead in half in the middle frame.

Things get heated behind Tigers net
There would be no scoring in the third, as Vollrath shut the door stopping Cole Sanford twice on great scoring opportunities.

“Our goaltender once again, gave us a chance to win made some extremely big saves.” Said Lowry

Vollrath was second star stopping 28 of 29, while his counterpart Marek Langhammer kept the Tigers in it early earning first star honours allowing two goals on 30 shots.

Victoria held Medicine Hat to 10 shots less than their league leading average of 38.59.

Both clubs went 1 for 5 on the power play.

“Our penalty killing when challenged after giving up the one goal, they locked it down.”  said Lowry

Langhammer was #1 star, seen stopping Jack Walker
The Royals remain 3rd in the West, one point up on the Thunderbirds who have won 7 in a row.

Up next Victoria heads on the road for a two game BC Division road swing with stops in Kamloops Friday and Vancouver Saturday.  The Royals play 15 of the their final 23 games on the road while sporting a 14-6-0-1 record away from the SOFMC.

-Marlon Martens
Head Coach Dave Lowry

Medicine Hat Tigers 1 at Victoria Royals 2 - Status: Final
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Medicine Hat 0 1 0 - 1
Victoria 1 1 0 - 2

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Fushimi 13 (Walker, Brown), 13:44 (PP).

Penalties-Lewington M.h (roughing), 7:21; Blomqvist Vic (high sticking), 8:00; Sanford M.h (high sticking), 11:57; Lewington M.h (checking from behind), 17:39.

2nd Period-
2, Victoria, Magee 16 (Blomqvist, Cote), 1:06.
3, Medicine Hat, Valk 23 (Bredo, Vannelli), 5:46 (PP).

Penalties-Hodges Vic (hooking), 5:37; Brown Vic (tripping), 16:13.

3rd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (holding), 2:26; Sanford M.h (interference), 9:45; Walker Vic (roughing), 10:15; Valk M.h (roughing), 14:22; Fisher Vic (roughing), 14:22; Owre M.h (interference), 15:12.

Shots on Goal-
Medicine Hat 9-11-9-29.
Victoria 12-10-8-30.

Power Play Opportunities-
Medicine Hat 1 / 5;
Victoria 1 / 5.

Medicine Hat, Langhamer 11-6-2-0 (30 shots-28 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 12-5-0-1 (29 shots-28 saves).

Referees-Pat Smith (12).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).