Victoria outlasted by Kamloops 7-6 in back-and-forth contest; club begins three-game homestand on Wednesday.
For Immediate Release
Monday, February 17, 2020
Kamloops, BC – The Victoria Royals were edged 7-6 in overtime by the Kamloops Blazers at the Sandman Centre on Monday afternoon, in a game that saw the two teams combine for five goals in the third period.
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Royals – Mitch Prowse 1g-2a, Phillip Schultz 2g-0a, Brandon Cutler 1g-1a, Kaid Oliver 1g-1a, Gary Haden 0g-2a, Ty Ettinger 1g-0a, Will Warm 0g-1a.
Kamloops – Logan Stankoven 2g-2a, Kyrell Sopotyk 2g-0a, Quinn Schmiemann 1g-1a, Josh Pillar 0g-2a, Max Martin 0g-2a, Zane Franklin 0g-2a, Connor Zary 1g-0a, Orrin Centazzo 1g-0a (Game Winner), Inaki Baragano 0g-1a, Montana Onyebuchi 0g-1a, Matthew Seminoff 0g-1a, Brodi Stuart 0g-1a.
Royals – Adam Evanoff (OTL) – 60:49 mins, 33 saves on 40 shots.
Kamloops – Rayce Ramsay (W) – 60:49mins, 26 saves on 32 shots.
Royals – 1/2 = 50.0%.
Kamloops – 4/5 = 80.0%.
Series Conclusion: This afternoon’s contest marked the eighth and final regular season meeting between the Royals and Blazers. Victoria registered a 4-3-1-0 record against Kamloops this season. Those four wins are accountable for 25.0% of the Blazers total losses on the season. Kaid Oliver led the Royals in scoring against Kamloops with nine points (2g-7a).
Shorthanded Strikes: Brandon Cutler and Kaid Oliver scored Victoria’s fifth and sixth shorthanded goals of the year in today’s game. The last time the Royals tallied a pair of shorthanded goals in the same game was on February 1st against the Moose Jaw Warriors. In that contest, the goal scorers were also Cutler and Oliver. The duo’s pair of shorthanded goals leads the team, while Phillip Schultz and Will Warm have recorded the others.
Injury Report: In today’s game, the Royals were down seven regular roster players. Injured forwards Brayden Tracey, Sean Gulka, Tarun Fizer, Ty Yoder and Keanu Derungs, along with defenceman Jacob Herauf have combined for 162 of Victoria’s 393 total points. The Royals were also without starting goaltender Shane Farkas who has earned 18 of the club’s 29 wins this season.
Multi-Goal Games: For the second consecutive game, Victoria forward Phillip Schultz scored a pair of goals. This marked the second time this season that a Royals’ player has tallied multiple goals in back-to-back games. The first-time being Brandon Cutler’s three-game multi goal streak from January 31st to February 7th. This is now the 11th time in Royals’ history that a player has scored two or more goals in back-to-back games.
Royal First: Royals’ defenceman Ty Ettinger scored his first goal as a member of Victoria in today’s contest. Ettinger was recently recalled from Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. In 27 games with the Crusaders, he has posted 10 points (4g-6a). In his four games with Victoria this season, Ettinger has now earned a goal and an assist. The Ardrossan, AB product has recorded 12 points (3g-9a) in 92 career WHL games with the Royals, Winnipeg ICE, Vancouver Giants and Brandon Wheat Kings.
Returning Home: The Royals will home return home on Wednesday versus the Calgary Hitmen, for the first of three-games in four nights. Victoria will then battle the Kelowna Rockets on Friday and Saturday. The Royals’ annual Pink in the Rink Night in support of the BC Cancer Foundation is on Saturday. Puck drop for all three games is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.