ROYALS HAVE BAD START, BUT GREAT FINISH VERSUS BLAZERS
Keith Hamilton makes 33 saves in Victoria’s 4-2 comeback win over Kamloops.
For Immediate Release
Friday, January 27, 2012
Victoria, BC – In a Friday night matchup at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals returned home to square off with divisional rival the Kamloops Blazers in the first of a two game set. The Royals started Keith Hamilton in net, while the Blazers went with Cole Cheveldave.
Kamloops opened the scoring eight seconds into the game after a defensive miscue behind the net led to an open net for Tim Bozon. Kamloops doubled their lead seven seconds later after J.C. Lipon centered a pass to Bozon who tipped the puck past Hamilton. The Royals cut the lead in half just prior to the 10 minute mark off a face-off. Steven Hodges won the draw cleanly to Brandon Magee who fed Robin Soudek for a one-timer from the top of the right circle that beat Cheveldave. The Blazers’ enjoyed back-to-back powerplays halfway through the period, but couldn’t notch their third after several quality saves from the Hamilton, including two quick pad stops on Chase Schaber from in close. Kamloops took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Victoria tied the game up 2-2 off a powerplay five minutes into the middle frame. From a face-off, Hayden Rintoul fired a hard wrist shot from the right point that beat the blocker of a screened Cheveldave four seconds into the man advantage. The Royals continued to press after Robin Soudek found the puck to the side of the net and tried to wrap it around Cheveldave, but the Blazers’ netminder stretched out his leg to make a left toe save. Victoria completed the comeback with less than two minutes left in the period when a Logan Nelson shot deflected off Ben Walker into the net. The Royals held a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Kamloops opened the final period strong after Austin Madaisky fired a shot through a crowd and off the left post and into the corner. Before the 10 minute mark, Soudek burst down the left boards before he cut to the net for a shot, but the Blazers’ goaltender was able to make the save. Victoria found their fourth goal only minutes later on their second powerplay marker of the night. From behind the net Soudek centered a pass out to Brandon Magee who chipped the puck past Cheveldave. Royals 4 Blazers 2.
Victoria went 2/7 = 28.6% on the powerplay, while Kamloops was 0/5 = 0.00%. The Blazers and Royals tied for shots 35-35.
Victoria concludes its two game series with the Blazers tomorrow night when they host their inaugural Pink in the Rink night in support of the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Fans will have the chance to win several prizes as well as bid on the Royals’ game worn pink jerseys. For further details or to purchase your tickets today, visit the Victoria Royals Ticket Office, www.victoriaroyals.com, or call 250-220-7889.