Sunday, 15 November 2015

Recap: SEA 3 - VIC 1

The Royals honoured Grant Fuhr and Tyler Stahl in a pregame ceremony
The Seattle Thunderbirds scored a pair of quick goals in the middle frame to break a 1-1 tie and go on to beat the host Victoria Royals 3-1 Saturday night.

“There’s a lot of lessons that you learn, shifts after goals…” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry, “That really took a lot of momentum out of our sails.”

The T-birds sweep the two game set on the Island after beating the Royals 4-2 Friday, and take a 3-0 season series lead.

“We have to keep it into perspective, we’re a young hockey team.  (Seattle) is a very good team, a good challenge for our group.  We’ll learn from this.” According to Lowry.

Seattle has won 3 in a row, while Victoria has dropped back to back games after winning 6 in a row.

“If we didn’t compete, I’d have concerns.  Our guys played hard and fought right until the end.” Said Lowry.

Saturday Matthew Barzal and Keegan Kolesar  had a goal and an assist each while outshooting Victoria 33-23.

Matthew Phillips opened the scoring for the Royals on a 5 on 3 power play, but Keegan Kolesar also on a two man advantage tied the game up at 1-1 after 20 minutes.

Barzal and Holowko struck :14 seconds apart in the middle frame and it was all the Thunderbirds needed.

“I don’t think we were hard enough on their guys…we chased them a lot, we didn’t finish, didn’t take away time and space and allowed them to attack with speed…”  according to Lowry,

We have to take a page out of their book.”

Logan Flodell made 22 saves for the win, while Griffen Outhouse suffered his first WHL loss kicking out 30 of 33.

It was a penalty filled affair, Victoria going 1 for 9 on the power play, while Seattle was 1 for 6.

Ryan Gagnon fought Turner Ottenbreit in the middle frame.

The Royals wrap up a 3 game homestand against the Oil Kings Wendesday.

- Marlon Martens

Seattle Thunderbirds 3 at Victoria Royals 1 - Status: Final
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Seattle 1 2 0 - 3
Victoria 1 0 0 - 1

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Phillips 9 (Hicketts, Walker), 6:10 (PP).
2, Seattle, Kolesar 14 (Barzal, Bear), 9:15 (PP).

Penalties-Forsberg Vic (checking from behind), 2:19; Osterman Sea (hooking), 4:30; Ottenbreit Sea (holding), 4:39; Peckford Vic (tripping), 7:38; Reddekopp Vic (delay of game), 7:44; Watson Sea (high sticking), 14:15; Hannoun Vic (interference), 14:33; Ottenbreit Sea (kneeing), 15:16; Kolesar Sea (boarding), 19:37.

2nd Period-
3, Seattle, Barzal 5 (Ottenbreit, Kolesar), 15:00.
4, Seattle, Holowko 3 (True), 15:14.

Penalties-Ottenbreit Sea (closing hand on puck), 8:39; Barzal Sea (inter. on goaltender), 12:34; Walker Vic (hooking), 12:55; Neuls Sea (interference), 15:58; Wharrie Vic (hooking), 15:58.

3rd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Ottenbreit Sea (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 1:31; Gagnon Vic (major-fighting), 1:31; Gropp Sea (hooking), 8:16; Peckford Vic (cross checking), 12:26; Reddekopp Vic (slashing), 13:02; Kolesar Sea (roughing), 15:09; Watson Sea (high sticking, roughing), 15:09; Hicketts Vic (roughing), 15:09; Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 15:09; Barzal Sea (slashing), 18:06; Hicketts Vic (slashing), 18:06.

Shots on Goal-
Seattle 6-12-15-33.
Victoria 10-7-6-23.

Power Play Opportunities-
Seattle 1 / 6;
Victoria 1 / 9.

Seattle, Flodell 8-3-1-0 (23 shots-22 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 2-1-0-0 (33 shots-30 saves).


Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Adam Byblow (23).
Linesmen-Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).