|Steven Hodges scores in a 7-2 victory over the Blazers. Credit Larry Quigley|
“I didn’t think we were at the top of our game early, but we got some key goals…scoring a late goal with seconds left (in the first) and then it was all over.” – Assistant Coach Enio Sacilotto
Victoria held period leads of 4-2 and 7-2, with no scoring in the final frame as the Royals outshot the Blazers 42-22 on the night.
|#14 Jack Walker scored twice|
“We got a couple goals on them and then we kept pressing and pressing, we didn’t back down at all, our consistency throughout the game was really good.” – Royals Forward Tyler Soy
Kamloops Josh Connolly opened the scoring on the power play, but Victoria replied with 3 straight. Austin Carroll scored top corner for his 22nd, followed by Jack Walker’s 3rd depositing a rebound. Steven Hodges picked the top corner for his 12th to go up 3-1.
The Blazers Chase Souto converted on a 2 on 1 to close the gap to 3-2 before Logan Fisher scored with a shot from the corner that eluded Pouliot with 2.7 seconds left, restoring the two goal lead after 20 minutes.
|Kehler was beaten 3 times in the 2nd period. Credit Quigley|
The Royals added 3 more in the second period as Brandon Magee smacked home a cross ice feed from Alex Blomqvist for his 17th. Tyler Soy fired home his 10th on the power play from the slot, before Jack Walker one timed a pass from Soy past Cole Kehler who turned it over behind the net.
Netminder Coleman Vollrath stopped 20 shots for his 13th win, while Bolton Pouliot was relieved after the first 20 minutes as he allowed 4 goals on 14 Royals shots. 16 year old call up from the OHA Cole Kehler in just his second WHL game came in relief and allowed 3 goals on 28 shots.
|The Royals congratulate netminder Coleman Vollrath|
Tyler Soy was the number one star, followed by Jack Walker and Brandon Magee.
Victoria remains 3rd in the West, pulling 3 points ahead of Seattle who had their 7 game win streak snapped in Tri City.
The Royals went 1 for 5 on the power play while the Blazers went 1 for 3.
Riding a 2 game win streak, Victoria wraps up their 2 game BC Division road swing in Vancouver Saturday night.
Victoria Royals 7 at Kamloops Blazers 2 - Status: Final
Friday, January 24, 2014 - Interior Savings Centre - Kamloops, BC
Victoria 4 3 0 - 7
Kamloops 2 0 0 - 2
1, Kamloops, Connolly 10 (Ness, Kornelsen), 6:19 (PP).
2, Victoria, Carroll 22 (Walker, Nelson), 7:56.
3, Victoria, Walker 3 (Magee, Soy), 11:20.
4, Victoria, Hodges 12 14:12.
5, Kamloops, Souto 19 (Shirley, Grist), 15:17.
6, Victoria, Fisher 3 (Crunk), 19:57.
Penalties-Kanzig Vic (hooking), 5:21; Grist Kam (interference), 17:19.
7, Victoria, Magee 17 (Blomqvist, Hodges), 4:28.
8, Victoria, Soy 10 10:06 (PP).
9, Victoria, Walker 4 (Soy), 15:09.
Penalties-Rehill Kam (interference), 0:09; Chyzowski Kam (hooking), 7:08; Bolduc Kam (interference), 9:47; Cote Vic (tripping), 16:28.
Penalties-Carroll Vic (interference), 0:56; Revel Kam (tripping), 7:05.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 5;
Kamloops 1 / 3.
Victoria, Vollrath 13-5-0-1 (22 shots-20 saves).
Kamloops, Pouliot 6-12-0-2 (14 shots-10 saves); Kehler 0-1-0-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Spencer Lockert (84).