Regina, SK – In a Friday night match-up at the Brandt Center, the Victoria Royals squared off against the Regina Pats in the teams’ only meeting of the season.
In net for Victoria was Keith Hamilton while Regina countered with Adam Beukeboom.
The Royals got on the board early when a miscue behind the Regina net saw the puck slide through the crease to Logan Nelson who poked the loose puck into the open net. Just after the 10 minute mark, Victoria would make it 2-0 after they pinned the Pats inside their zone before Brandon Magee deposited a loose puck in front for his 12th of season. At 19:12 of the period, Regina’s Jordan Weal streaked into the Royals’ zone and fired a backhand shot on goal. Hamilton made the initial save but was unable to stop the rebound by Brandon Davidson who shoveled in the loose puck to cut the lead in half. After 20 minutes the Royals led the Pats 2-1.
Victoria notched an early marker at 1:20 of the middle frame on a shot by Jamie Crooks from behind the net, which banked off Regina’s Beukeboom and into the net. The goal was Crooks’ team-leading 22nd of the year. The Pats responded two minutes later on the power play when Weal moved to the high slot and wired a slap shot over the glove hand of Hamilton. At 13:51 Regina would tie the game at three after defenseman Martin Marincin stepped in off the left point past a Royals’ defender and sent a wrist shot under the left arm of Hamilton. The score would remain 3-3 after two periods of play.
Regina would take their first lead of the game at the halfway mark of the third period on a goal by Andrew Rieder who converted a rebound off a Matt Marantz shot. Rieder then added his second of night when he broke in alone on Hamilton and fired a shot over the glove hand. Rieder and Weal would each add a marker as the Pats secured the victory. Regina 7 Victoria 3.
Victoria went 0/3 = 0.0% on the power play, while Regina was 1/3 = 33.3%. The Pats outshot the Royals 39-27.
Victoria continues its road swing on Saturday, January 14th in Brandon as they take on the Wheat Kings. Puck drop is at 5:30 Pacific Time. For further details or to purchase your tickets today, visit the Victoria Royals Ticket Office, www.selectyourtickets.com/victoriaroyals, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 250-220-7889.