Schuurman and Peach Extend Point Streaks in Loss to Rockets

The Victoria Royals (12-16-4-0) were defeated 9-1 by the Kelowna Rockets (18-10-1-3) tonight during the second game of a weekend double header.

The Royals were still one skater short of a full line up with ten scratches but welcomed back Marcus Almquist who represented Denmark at the World Junior Championship.

Brayden Schuurman, Bailey Peach and Gannon Laroque continued to be the leaders on the ice for Victoria, each of whom collected a point in tonight’s loss.

The Rockets were first to get on board, taking an early lead with a goal from Colton Dach assisted by Adam Kydd and Jake Poole to make it 1-0 two minutes in. After Kelowna’s Rilen Kovacevic scored their second goal of the period two minutes later, the Royals replaced goaltender Tyler Palmer with affiliate goaltender Logan Cunningham. While Cunningham was settling into his crease, Rockets forward Pavel Novak scored on a nice pass from Noah Dorey and Tyson Feist to make it a 3-0 game.

Victoria took their second penalty of the night when Anthony Wilson was called for cross-checking at 11:14 to put Kelowna on the power play. With the extra attacker, Novak scored his second of the night from Poole and Dach to put the Rockets up 4-0. With one minute left to go in the first, Turner McMillen made a cross ice pass to Max Graham who scored to make it 5-0 at the end of the period.

Palmer was back in net for the Royals to start the second when Kydd scored on a two-on-one with Poole a minute in. The Royals were looking to turn the game around and as they were developing a two-on-one opportunity, Evan Patrician was hooked by Dorey which put the Royals on power play. A minute into the five-on-four and Feist was sent to the box for roughing to give the Royals the two-man advantage. Victoria set up nicely in the Rockets zone and Peach and Laroque found Schuurman who gave the Royals their first goal of the night.

The Rockets were quick to answer with another goal from the Kydd-Poole-Dach line to make it 7-1 with just over 12 to go. Tensions were flaring towards the end of the period when Reggie Newman and Jackson DeSouza took five-minute penalties for fighting. Peach was making his way toward the Rockets net when he was hit hard by Dorey, eliciting a response from Wyatt Wilson. While the Royals were fighting off Wilson’s penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, Laroque took a penalty for cross-checking to give the Rockets a five-on-three advantage for the final minutes of the period. With five seconds to go, Kelowna made it 8-1 on a shot from Marcus Pacheco assisted by Caden Price and Dach.

The third period began with multiple penalties to both teams for fighting at the end of the second. It looked like a different game for the first 10 minutes of play as the two teams were looking fatigued and were slow to generate offensive opportunities. With one minute to go, Poole made it 9-1 with assists from Novak and Gabriel Szturc. Despite having four power plays in the third, Victoria was unable to capitalize, and the game ended 9-1 for Kelowna.

Palmer made 26 saves on 32 shots while in net for Victoria and Cunningham made eight saves on 11 shots in his 14 minutes of play. Talyn Boyko was in the net for the Rockets again tonight and made 22 saves on 23 shots.

Victoria now heads to Prince George to face the Cougars on Tuesday and Wednesday for two rescheduled games from earlier this year.

The team is back on home ice January 21st against the Vancouver Giants for Bell Let’s Talk Night, a game that supports the annual “Bell Let’s Talk’ campaign designed to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and to support mental health across Canada. Then on Saturday the 22nd, the Everett Silvertips are in Victoria for the Royals Halfway to Summer Jam game presented by Molson Canadian.

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