Kamloops, BC – In a Friday night matchup at the Interior Savings Centre the Victoria Royals took on the Kamloops Blazers in their second meeting of the season. The Royals gave Keith Hamilton the start in net, while the Blazers countered with Cole Cheveldave.
The Blazers opened the scoring at 5:16 of the first period off a 2-on-1 rush. Matt Needham fed the puck from the left side to Dylan Willick on the right who tapped it past Hamilton. Just prior to the ten minute mark, the Royals received their first man advantage as they looked for the tying marker. On the power play Kevin Sundher circled off the right boards and fired a shot on net, but Cheveldave snapped out the glove to make the save. With just over five minutes left in the frame, Blazers’ forward Colin Smith broke in on a breakaway. Smith looked to deke to his backhand, but Hamilton followed the puck to make a right pad save. Kamloops took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Blazers looked to extend their lead early in the middle frame after Logan McVeigh found himself alone in the slot. The Kamloops had three point blank chances, but Hamilton extended his left leg to make all three stops. The Royals’ goaltender continued his strong play after he stoned Blazers’ Captain Chase Schaber on another breakaway chance. As the play continued the puck came to the stick of Schaber on the right face-off dot and he beat Hamilton through the legs to double Kamloops’ lead at 5:26. Past the half way point of the period, Willick looked to get in alone on Hamilton, but a strong stick play by Royals’ defenseman Jesse Pauls at the hash marks negated the play. Victoria enjoyed a late power-play and created several opportunities, including a driving play by Logan Nelson past a Blazers’ defender that Cheveldave managed to keep out of his net. Kamloops held a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
The Blazers increased their lead 2:04 into the final period after Smith skated around the net and wrapped the puck through the legs of Victoria’s goaltender. The Royals ended Cheveldave’s shutout bid at 16:09 on the man-advantage. Brandon Magee hit Kevin Sundher in the neutral zone who skated around a Blazers’ defender and slid the puck through the legs of Cheveldave. The marker was Sundher’s 15th of the year. With just over a minute left in the game Victoria pulled Hamilton for the extra attacker, but Kamloops added an empty net marker to secure the win. Blazers 4 Royals 1
Victoria went 1/5 = 20.0% on the power play, while Kamloops was 0/4 = 0.00%. The Blazers outshot the Royals 40-18.
Victoria now travels to Kelowna for a matchup against the Rockets tomorrow night. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. The Royals will then return home for a two game set against the Blazers. Game one goes Tuesday, November 29th followed by game two the next night. Game time for both matchups is 7:05 p.m. For further details or to purchase your tickets today, visit the Victoria Royals Ticket Office, www.victoriaroyals.com, or call 250-220-7889.