ROYALS SHUTOUT BLAZERS
Victoria’s Patrik Polivka stops all 26 shots in 5-0 victory over Kamloops.
For Immediate Release
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Victoria, BC – Saturday night at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals welcomed back the Kamloops Blazers to conclude a weekend doubleheader. The Royals gave Patrik Polivka the start in goal, while the Blazers countered with Bolton Pouliot.
The opening minutes of the first period featured back-and forth play as both teams had chances to open the scoring. The Royals earned two powerplay opportunities midway through the period, but were unable to convert despite quality chances from Logan Nelson and Chaz Reddekopp. Victoria pressed for the lead late, but Pouliot made a nice glove save off Brett Cote’s wrist shot to keep it scoreless after 20 minutes of play.
Keegan Kanzig opened the scoring for the Royals 2:41 into the second period. The Calgary Flames’ draft pick launched a slapshot from the point that sailed past the glove of Pouliot to give Victoria a 1-0 lead. Victoria’s penalty kill unit was tested in the second half of period, but killed off all three of the Blazers’ powerplay chances. Polivka continued his strong play as he stopped 21 shots through two periods to keep the Royals up 1-0 at the second intermission.
Taylor Crunk increased Victoria’s lead to two goals at the 2:18 mark of the third. After an offensive zone face-off win by Logan Fisher, Crunk snapped a shot through the pads of Pouliot to make it 2-0. Tyler Soy then notched a powerplay marker at the 5:21 mark to make it a three-goal game. Nelson carried the puck down the right wing and deked around two Kamloops’ defenders before he dished it off to Soy, who buried it into the open net. Later in the frame, second year defender Isaac Schacher recorded his first career WHL goal on the powerplay to make it 4-0 with 5:53 left in the game. Soy added his second of the night with 1:26 left and the Royals skated away with their fourth consecutive victory. Royals 5 Blazers 0.
Victoria went 2/5 = 40.0% on the powerplay, while Kamloops went 0/4 = 0.0%. The Royals outshot the Blazers 31-26.
The Royals will head out on a two-game U.S. Division road trip next weekend before returning to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Tuesday, December 3rd when they host projected first overall 2014 NHL Draft pick Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice.
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