“I think the biggest thing is, our goaltender was good, and he gave us a chance to win…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry.
“I don’t think we played and did the things we need to do, on a consistent basis to win – we got away with one tonight.”
Victoria has now won back to back games on their four game homestand which concludes Friday against Vancouver on Teddy Bear Toss Night.
The win spoils the return of former Royals Head Coach and GM Marc Habscheid, as Prince Albert (15-16, 30pts) drops back to back 1-0 losses on their BC division road swing, falling to 2-2.
Vollrath made 15 of his 34 saves in the final frame as he earned his, and the clubs 2nd shut out of the season.
“Even though we got outshot, I thought (our defense) let me see the puck really well and came up with big blocks when they needed too.” Said Vollrath
Raiders’ netminder Rylan Parenteau stopped 24 of 25 shots in the defeat.
Soy broke the scoreless draw just over 3 minutes into the 3rd period by picking the top corner, glove side.
“Palmer made a good strong play on the wall, passed to me in the middle of the ice. I skated in and tried to use the defenseman as a screen and it worked out and caught the goalie off guard.” Said Soy on his 7th of the year.
“That goal allowed our guys to take a little breath I think, and get back to what we need to do to win that game – just to play simple.” Said Vollrath
Victoria was 0/6=0.0% on the powerplay, while Prince Albert went 0/4=0.0%.
Defenseman Joe Hicketts and Head Coach Dave Lowry will now head off to Team Canada’s World Junior selection camp in Ontario. Lowry will serve as an assistant.
“I’m going to work with the defense and the power play,” said Lowry, “It’s exciting, it’s in a support role and it’s a role I’m sure I’ll enjoy.”
The Royals take on the Vancouver Giants in a home-and-home series starting Friday, December 12th for their fourth annual Teddy Bear Toss Night and Saturday, December 13th at the Pacific Coliseum. All teddy bears collected on Friday will be distributed to local charities. Puck drop for Friday’s contest is at 7:05 p.m., while Saturday’s game is at 7:00 p.m. For tickets call 250-220-7777 or visit www.victoriaroyals.com.
- Marlon Martens
Prince Albert Raiders 0 at Victoria Royals 1 - Status: Final
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Prince Albert 0 0 0 - 0
Victoria 0 0 1 - 1
Penalties-Magee Vic (interference), 0:57; Fisher Vic (delay of game), 1:40; Walker Vic (hooking), 12:37; Leverton P.a (slashing), 13:52.
Penalties-Hart P.a (kneeing), 0:46; Stewart P.a (hooking), 3:21; Stransky P.a (interference), 9:20; Morrissey P.a (delay of game), 10:55; Brown Vic (hooking), 11:40.
1, Victoria, Soy 7 (Palmer, Gagnon), 3:19.
Penalties-Riddle P.a (high sticking), 13:43; Fisher Vic (cross checking), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-
Prince Albert 10-9-15-34.
Power Play Opportunities-
Prince Albert 0 / 4;
Victoria 0 / 6.
Prince Albert, Parenteau 9-6-0-0 (25 shots-24 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 14-9-2-0 (34 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Adam Griffiths (36).
Linesmen-Blake Copeland (95), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).