Friday, 30 October 2015

Recap: VIC 3 - PA 2 OT

Vladimir Bobylev scored the game winning goal in overtime as the visiting Victoria Royals defeated the #4 ranked team in the CHL, the Prince Albert Raiders 3-2 Friday.

“It’s just feels so good to score for my team…everyone is so happy, first road trip game - it’s two points.” – Vladimir Bobylev

Royals Joe Hicketts forced overtime with a power play goal in the third as Victoria overcame a 2-1 deficit to earn points in their 3rd straight game (2-0-0-1). 

“We showed some resiliency, and we were able to find a way to come back in the third, and steal that extra point.” said Head Coach Dave Lowry

The Royals outshot the home team 49-24 overall and 18-3 in the first period alone, but neither team found the back of the net.

“I liked the way we came in and started the game, and controlled the pace of the game.” said Lowry,

I thought for 40 minutes our team deserved to be up by a lot more.”

Forsberg opened the scoring with the man advantage, before Hunter Warner found the equalizer, and Jesse Lees struck with just 7.7 seconds left in the middle frame to give Prince Albert (11-2-1-1) the 2-1 lead heading into the third.

Victoria improves to 4-3 on the road and move back into top spot in the Western Conference with 19 points with a record of 9-5-0-1.

Hicketts and Alex Forsberg had a goal and assist each, while Coleman Vollrath earned his 60th career win to tie Lucas Gore for the franchise record.

Hicketts and Forsberg each earned their 100th career assist.

“Being on the bus for so long, maybe a lot of bottled up energy,” said Hicketts on the Royals jump in a tough building,

“It was nice to come away with two points, and the way we played as the team, and skated and moved the puck - I liked what I saw…”

Victoria went 2 for 4 on the power play while shutting down both Prince Albert man advantages.

“You challenge your best players to take more pride in it…” said Lowry about their special teams, “…and tonight our top guys were good.”

Bobylev notched the clubs first 3 on 3 overtime goal in history.

The Raiders were riding a 7 game win streak, sitting atop of the Eastern Conference and were 6-0 at home.

Rylan Parenteau made 46 saves to earn first star honours in the loss.

It was Victoria’s first game on their 6 game in 9 night Eastern road trip.  Up next they face Saskatoon Sunday at noon PST.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 3 (OT) at Prince Albert Raiders 2 - Status: Final OT
Friday, October 30, 2015 - Art Hauser Centre - Prince Albert, SK

Victoria 0 1 1 1 - 3
Prince Albert 0 2 0 0 - 2

1st Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (holding), 4:22; Coleman P.a (interference), 6:30.

2nd Period-
1, Victoria, Forsberg 4 (Walker, Hicketts), 2:17 (PP).
2, Prince Albert, Warner 1 (Guhle, Montgomery), 10:22.
3, Prince Albert, Lees 6 (Gardiner, Glover), 19:52.

Penalties-Glover P.a (cross checking), 0:36; Warner P.a (interference), 7:22; Ibragimov Vic (roughing), 15:03; Dmytriw Vic (roughing), 19:23; Warner P.a (roughing), 19:23.

3rd Period-
4, Victoria, Hicketts 1 (Soy, Forsberg), 11:49 (PP).

Penalties-Williamson P.a (delay of game), 9:55.

OT Period-
5, Victoria, Bobylev 7 (Hannoun, Reddekopp), 2:08.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 18-15-13-3-49.
Prince Albert 3-12-9-0-24.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 4;
Prince Albert 0 / 2.

Victoria, Vollrath 8-5-0-1 (24 shots-22 saves).
Prince Albert, Parenteau 6-1-1-1 (49 shots-46 saves).

Referees-Jason Bourdon (20), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Troy Semenchuk (65), Bob Schrader (126).