ROYALS EDGE WINTERHAWKS IN SHOOTOUT
Victoria’s Coleman Vollrath makes 38 saves in 3-2 shootout victory over Portland.
For Immediate Release
Friday, January 10, 2014
Victoria, BC – In a Friday night matchup at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, two of the Western Conference’s top-three teams squared off as the Portland Winterhawks visited the Victoria Royals. The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start in goal, while the Winterhawks countered with Corbin Boes.
Portland’s Nic Petan opened the scoring at the 11:12 mark of the first, just before their powerplay was about to expire. Ben Walker later responded for Victoria with 5:10 left in the opening frame. The Edina, MN native received a pass from Austin Carroll on the right wing before he snapped a shot past the blocker of Boes to even the score at one apiece. On the scoring play, newly-acquired defenceman Travis Brown recorded his first point as a Royal with the second assist. After 20 minutes of play, the teams remained tied.
The two teams exchanged chances in the first five minutes of the second period, but both goaltenders made key saves to keep the game tied. The Royals’ penalty kill unit was put to the test in the period after the club was whistled for three consecutive minor penalties. Victoria was able to kill off the first two Portland opportunities, but Brendan Leipsic regained the lead for the Winterhawks on the third with 3:09 left in the middle frame. The Royals received a powerplay chance of their own late, but could not put one past Boes and trailed 2-1 as the teams entered the second intermission.
Steven Hodges notched his ninth goal of the season on a powerplay to even the score for the home side 6:42 into the third period. Brandon Magee threaded a cross-crease feed to Hodges who one-timed the pass into an open net from the bottom of the right face-off circle. Victoria looked to grab the lead midway through the third as they produced several scoring chances, but Boes was equal to the task. The remainder of regulation solved nothing and the two teams headed to overtime tied at 2-2 for the second time in three meetings this season.
After a scoreless overtime, the two teams headed to a shootout to determine a winner. The first round saw Victoria’s Ben Walker fail to score before Portland’s Leipsic was denied by a big, left pad save from Vollrath. In the second round, Jack Walker made a move to his backhand and placed a shot high over the glove of Boes to give the Royals an edge. The Winterhawks’ Oliver Bjorkstrand followed up with shot that went just wide. Hodges was unable to seal the win for Victoria in the third round, but Vollrath turned aside another attempt with a blocker save on Petan to secure two points for the home side. Royals 3 Winterhawks 2, in a shootout.
Victoria went 1/5 = 20.0% on the powerplay, while Portland went 2/5 = 40.0%. The Winterhawks outshot the Royals 40-33.
The two Western Conference rivals will go toe-to-toe at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre again tomorrow night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. as the Royals look for the four-game season sweep of the Winterhawks.
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