Monday, 10 February 2014

Recap: VIC 3 - VAN 2

Anti-Bullying Flash Mob during the Royals 3-2 win over Giants in Vancouver

Travis Brown scored the game winning goal and Coleman Vollrath made 26 saves as the Victoria Royals (38-16-1-3, 80pts) edged the Vancouver Giants 3-2 Monday afternoon. 

“There were a lot of different momentum changes and we were able to get that big save when we needed it.” - Head Coach Dave Lowry
Coleman Vollrath robs Alec Baer while short handed
Victoria wins all three games on their BC Division road swing, beginning with a 3-1 win in Kamloops Friday, followed by a 6-4 win over the #1 club in the CHL, the Kelowna Rockets Saturday.

“It was an exciting game to play here with eleven thousand people at the Pacific Coliseum…definitely got the momentum going when we stepped on the ice.” – Coleman Vollrath

Brown’s power play marker gave the Royals their first lead late in the third, while Vollrath was the number 1 star, making several brilliant stops during a Giants 5 on 3 man advantage and stopping Brett Kulak in the final frame when the game was tied at 2.

Brown scores the eventual game winner
“Our goaltender was outstanding…every once in a while you need a goaltender to steal a game and think tonight was case and point where he (Vollrath) allowed us to hang around long enough for us to find a way to win.” Said Lowry

The Royals now have points in 10 straight games (8-0-1-1). They continue to set the franchise record for points in a season with 80 eclipsing last years record setting mark of 77. 

The Royals trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes after a one time by Dominik Volek on the power play. 

Kanzig vs Geertsen
Keegan Kanzig fought Mason Geertsen in a heavy weight tilt early in the first with Kanzig earning the decision.

Logan Fisher added his 6th just :33 seconds into the middle frame to even the score tipping a Jordan Fransoo point shot past Jared Rathjen. 

Cain Franson put them back on top redirecting a pass into the top corner.  Austin Carroll added his team leading 28th of the season tipping a Ben Walker point drive through Rathjen.

It remained tied until Brown’s 11th goal with the man advantage on a low shot from the left point with the man advantage.

Both clubs were 1 for 4 on the power play, and both were unable to strike on 5 on 3 chances in the middle frame.  Rathjen was the second star allowing 3 goals on 29 Royals shots.  Brandon Magee was the third star.

After 9 meetings, the Royals have a winning record of 5-3-0-1 against the Giants.  They’ll face off a final time in Vancouver on March 12th.   If the playoffs started today, they’d be first round dance partners.

Victoria is 3rd in the West, remaining 3 back of Portland and 5 up on Seattle who fell in Kelowna.  The Royals earned Honourable Mention for the CHL Top 10 this past week.

The Royals have won 6 straight on the road, and will play 10 of their remaining 14 contests off the Island.

Victoria returns home to face Tri City Wednesday before heading out for 5 games out East, followed by a pair in Prince George.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 3 at Vancouver Giants 2 - Status: Final
Monday, February 10, 2014 - Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC

Victoria 0 2 1 - 3
Vancouver 1 1 0 - 2

1st Period-
1, Vancouver, Volek 19 (Atwal), 16:44 (PP).

Penalties-Kanzig Vic (major-fighting), 1:51; Geertsen Van (major-fighting), 1:51; Walker Vic (slashing), 8:32; Atwal Van (roughing), 8:32; Osipov Van (hooking), 9:21; Fisher Vic (high sticking), 15:11.

2nd Period-
2, Victoria, Fisher 6 (Fransoo), 0:33.
3, Vancouver, Franson 22 (Popoff, Geertsen), 3:41.
4, Victoria, Carroll 28 (Walker, Hicketts), 5:23.

Penalties-Hodges Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd., roughing), 5:56; Lofthouse Van (roughing), 5:56; Magee Vic (tripping), 9:14; Fisher Vic (delay of game), 9:57; Houck Van (hooking), 14:54; Morrison Van (boarding), 15:51; Hodges Vic (roughing), 17:54; Traber Van (roughing), 17:54.

3rd Period-
5, Victoria, Brown 11   17:13 (PP).
Penalties-McEvoy Van (hooking), 16:27.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 11-10-8-29.
Vancouver 5-11-12-28.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4;
Vancouver 1 / 4.

Victoria, Vollrath 18-5-1-1 (28 shots-26 saves).
Vancouver, Rathjen 11-6-3-1 (29 shots-26 saves).


Referees-Kevin Bennett (29), Jason Cramer (57).
Linesmen-Ryan Gibbons (73), Nathan Van Oosten (115).