Edmonton, AB – In a Wednesday night matchup at Rexall Place, the Victoria Royals took on the Edmonton Oil Kings in their second of two meetings this season. The Royals gave Keith Hamilton the start in net, while the Oil Kings went with Laurent Brossoit.
The Royals controlled the play from the opening puck drop and were rewarded with the game’s first goal before the five minute mark. Victoria forward Kevin Sundher circled around the offensive zone before he sent a backhand pass to Jamie Crooks in the slot. Crooks quickly one-timed the puck past the outstretched pad from Brossoit for his 16th marker of season. The Oil Kings replied just prior to the 15 minute mark off a power play when Dylan Wruck snapped a low shot past Hamilton from the high slot. Just over a minute later the Royals regained their lead. Forward Austin Carroll skated around an Edmonton defender and snapped a shot over the left shoulder of Brossoit from the right circle for his third tally of the campaign. Before the end of the period, the Oil Kings added two goals from Martin Gernat and Wruck 1:01 apart to stake them to a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes.
The second period started with few whistles as the teams settled into a defensive style of play. Before the half way point of the frame, Zane Jones dropped the gloves with Keegan Lowe. Both players wrestled around to start before Jones landed a few blows as they fell to the ice. The Oil Kings added their second power play goal past Hamilton when Cody Corbett stepped into a slap shot from the point that beat the Royals’ netminder along the ice. With three minutes left in the period, Victoria narrowed the Edmonton lead to one. Royals’ centre Steven Hodges burst down the left wing on a 2-on-1 with Tim Traber, but held on to the puck as he fired a shot between the legs of the Oil Kings’ goaltender. Edmonton restored their two goal lead late in the middle frame as Michael St. Croix gave the Oil Kings a 5-3 lead going into the final period.
Edmonton looked to add to their lead early after they got several opportunities in close, but Hamilton was able to keep his team within two. The Royals found themselves on the man advantage for most of the first half of the period, but were unable to convert any of their scoring chances past Brossoit. The Oil Kings’ Tyler Maxwell added another goal late as Edmonton held on for the victory. Oil Kings 6 Royals 3.
Victoria went 0/4 = 0.0% on the power play, while Edmonton was 2/2 = 100.0%. The Oil Kings outshot the Royals 30-29.
The Royals will now travel down to Southern Alberta to play two games against the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Medicine Hat Tigers. The first game goes Friday, December 16th in Lethbridge at 7:00p.m. Victoria will return home after the Christmas break on Tuesday, January 3rd when they host the Calgary Hitmen at 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.