Friday, 10 October 2014

VIC 3 - CGY 2

Austin Carroll scored the game winning goal as the visiting Victoria Royals came from behind to upset the Calgary Hitmen 3-2.

Down 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Royals scored three unanswered, including two on the power play.

“For us to be able to shut the door after giving up a couple in the first, and to stay with it…that goal by Fisher was a real lift for the team.  Coleman made a lot of saves to not only keep us in the game, but then give us an opportunity to win.” said Head Coach Dave Lowry

Netminder Coleman Vollrath was instrumental in shutting down 6 of 7 Hitmen power plays, kicking out 27 shots for the win in his hometown.  The Royals went 2 for 5 with the man advantage.

“It’s obviously really special to have my friends and family supporting me and getting a win in front of them…” said Vollrath, “It’s my first win in 3 games at the Saddledome, and growing up as kid wanting to play in this rink when I got older, and now winning in this rink is a special feeling.”

Mack Shields allowed 3 goals on 22 shots.

Victoria earns their first road win of the season as they kicked of a 6 game in 9 night Central Division road trip.

The Royals also got goals from Logan Fisher and Tyler Soy who was named the games first star with a goal and assist.  Joe Hicketts was third star with a pair of helpers.

Chase Lang had both goals for Calgary in the first period.

For Carroll playing in his hometown, in the rink of the Flames who drafted him in the 7th round this year, the goal extended his point streak to 6 games (5g 3a) with 8 points.  Carroll also laid out Connor Rankin in the third before his goal, with the hit of the game.

“It was huge, especially picking it up in the third there felt good to get a good period in.  Show my friends and family as well if there was some eyes up top.”  Said Carroll

Axel Blomqvist made his return back to the line up from injury earning an assist.

Earlier in the day, the Royals put forward Kristian Ferletak on waivers while claiming Russian defenseman Marsel Ibragimov off waivers from the Edmonton Oil Kings.  At 6-2, 197 lb's he was drafted in the first round by Edmonton in the 2014 CHL Import Draft (58th overall). Ibragimov has skated in one game for the Oil Kings this season.

Up next Victoria plays in Medicine Hat Saturday night, the 6th ranked team in the CHL, off to a 7-1 start.  Pregame at 6:10, puck drop at 6:30 PST on the Zone @ 91.3 fm

-Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 3 at Calgary Hitmen 2 - Status: In Progress (2:17 remaining in 3rd)
Friday, October 10, 2014 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB

Victoria 0 0 3 - 3
Calgary 2 0 0 - 2

1st Period-
1, Calgary, Lang 4 (Chase, Tambellini), 15:42 (PP).
2, Calgary, Lang 5 (Thomas), 18:14.

Penalties-Walker Vic (hooking), 10:38; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 14:47.

2nd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Fazleev Cal (hooking), 4:39; Stallard Cal (holding), 10:01; Kohlhauser Vic (hooking), 12:35; Carroll Vic (roughing), 17:45; Kanzig Vic (checking from behind), 17:45; Lang Cal (roughing), 17:45.

3rd Period-
3, Victoria, Fisher 1 (Dmytriw), 3:35.
4, Victoria, Soy 2 (Blomqvist, Palmer), 11:27 (PP).
5, Victoria, Carroll 5 (Hicketts, Soy), 16:24 (PP).

Penalties-Chase Cal (tripping), 4:14; Walker Vic (interference), 5:56; Brown Vic (delay of game), 7:29; Shields Cal (tripping), 10:02; Fisher Vic (high sticking), 11:29; Harmsworth Cal (tripping), 14:30.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 4-11-7-22.
Calgary 12-7-10-29.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 5;
Calgary 1 / 7.

Victoria, Vollrath 2-4-1-0 (29 shots-27 saves).
Calgary, Shields 2-2-0-0 (22 shots-19 saves).

Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Kevin Webinger (6).
Linesmen-Cory Lundquist (128), Jared Mackey (52).