Saturday, 3 October 2015

Recap: KAM 1 - VIC 5

The Victoria Royals won their 4th game in a row, as they swept the visiting Kamloops Blazers in a two game set with a 5-1 victory Saturday night. 

“I thought start to finish it was a great game, a good team game…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“When we did have breakdowns, Coleman (Vollrath) made saves for us.  When we play to our strengths, we’re a pretty quick team.”

Jack Walker had a goal and two assists, while Joe Hicketts chipped in with 3 helpers.  Tyler Soy had a goal and an assist, while Coleman Vollrath made 25 saves for the clubs best start to a season ever.

The Royals beat the Blazers 4-2 one night earlier, and wrap up their 6 game home stand Tuesday and Wednesday against the Spokane Chiefs.

Victoria held period leads of 2-0, and 3-1, out-shooting Kamloops 14-6 in the first, and 35-26 overall in front of 4,101 fans.

Rookie Matthew Phillips opened the scoring with his first of the year, while Regan Nagy scored the eventual game winner to give Victoria  2-0 lead after 20 minutes. 

Nick Chyzowski cut the lead in half, but Tyler Soy regained the two goal lead batting a puck out of the air on the power play before the middle frame was out.

In the third, Alex Forsberg struck with the man advantage to extend the lead to 4-1, and extend his point streak to 4 games and 9 points.  Jack Walker put the game out of reach with his 2nd of the season.

Victoria struck twice with the man advantage, going 2 for 4, after a 2 for 6 effort on Friday night.  Kamloops was 0 for 3 Saturday.

Hicketts first assist of the night set the franchise record for most assists by a defenseman with 92, surpassing Chilliwack Bruin Brandon Mannings’ 91, doing it in 30 fewer games.

Vollrath’s victory tied the Royals record held by Patrick Polivka for most wins by a netminder with 56, the franchise record held by Chilliwack’s Lucas Gore with 60.

Tyler Soy continues to score at a point per game pace against Kamloops, recording 20 points in 19 career games against the Blazers (11g 9a).

Kamloops netminder Connor Ingram suffered the loss, allowing 5 goals on 30 Royal shots, as his Blazers dropped their 4th in a row, a first for the club to start the season.

- Marlon Martens

Kamloops Blazers 1 at Victoria Royals 5 - Status: Final
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Kamloops 0 1 0 - 1
Victoria 2 1 2 - 5

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Phillips 1 (Soy, Price), 13:31.
2, Victoria, Nagy 2 (Dmytriw, Fisher), 19:33.

Penalties-Maier Kam (tripping), 4:24; Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 20:00.

2nd Period-
3, Kamloops, Chyzowski 1 (Bast, Kneen), 10:49.
4, Victoria, Soy 3 (Walker, Hicketts), 14:16 (PP).

Penalties-Harrison Kam (roughing), 13:45; Needham Kam (roughing), 13:45; Bobylev Vic (roughing), 13:45; Vala Kam (roughing), 17:58; Forsberg Vic (roughing), 17:58; Fisher Vic (holding), 18:26.

3rd Period-
5, Victoria, Forsberg 3 (Walker, Hicketts), 5:51 (PP).
6, Victoria, Walker 2 (Hicketts, Bobylev), 13:01.

Penalties-Benjafield Kam (inter. on goaltender), 4:55; Miller Kam (roughing), 8:19; Walker Vic (roughing), 8:19; Needham Kam (high sticking), 15:12; Peckford Vic (inter. on goaltender), 15:46.

Shots on Goal-
Kamloops 6-9-11-26.
Victoria 14-7-14-35.

Power Play Opportunities-
Kamloops 0 / 3;
Victoria 2 / 4.

Kamloops, Ingram 0-3-0-0 (35 shots-30 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 4-0-0-0 (26 shots-25 saves).

Referees-Chris Crich (20), Nick Swaine (35).
Linesmen-Bevan Mills (98).