The Victoria Royals ended their 2021-22 training camp yesterday with the annual intrasquad game.
Returning players and rookies alike joined training camp on Saturday for their chance to be a part of the club’s 11th season. Upon arrival, each hopeful participated in rigorous fitness testing and team practices followed by a scrimmage each afternoon. The 43 skaters were broken up into two teams for camp: Team Joe Hicketts and Team Matthew Phillips.
The intrasquad game was the final opportunity for players to earn a spot on the team this season and each team came out looking to win. Igor Zborovskiy scored the first goal for Team Hicketts in the first period. Zborovskiy has had a strong showing at both rookie and training camp scoring four goals and three assists. Late into the first at 18:29, Carter Massier of Team Matthew Phillips bested goaltender Nic Peters, tying the game.
The battle continued in the second period with a goal from Team Hicketts’ Tanner Scott which was quickly answered by Kalem Parker of Team Phillips. Spencer Rheaume put Team Hicketts back in the lead at 13:11, but that would be short lived with a goal scored by Ty Yoder of Team Phillips at 3:24 left in the second. Before heading into the final period, Alex Edwards put Team Hicketts back on top with just over two minutes left to play.
Coming into the third, Team Phillips was looking to even the score to push the game into overtime. With a penalty and two minutes left in the third, Team Phillips pulled goaltender Ryan Parker to put six players on the ice. Despite several close chances, Team Phillips could not beat netminder Logan Cunningham and Team Hicketts won the game 4-3.
The intrasquad game concluded the 2021-22 training camp for the Royals. The roster will be announced later this week. To stay up to date with team news, follow the Royals Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels and check in with the Royals website.