By Matt Human, Victoria Royals
Photos by Erich Eichhorn ( )

The Victoria Royals went down to their second straight defeat at the hands of the Spokane Chiefs, losing 6-1 in WHL action Wednesday evening. 

Victoria, BC (ISN) – In a Wednesday night match-up at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals squared off against the Spokane Chiefs in the second game of a doubleheader. Jared Rathjen got the start in net for Victoria while Spokane went with Mac Engel.

The game began with a defensive tone as the first period was filled with numerous hits and solid play from both goaltenders. The Royals’ best chance came when Ben Walker tried to beat Engel with a one-timer from the slot, but was denied as the Chiefs’ goaltender found the puck before it trickled in. Rathjen also turned away all shots he faced including two quick saves in the final seconds of play as he shut the door on Spokane’s attack. The game remained scoreless heading into the first intermission.


Royals #11 Steven Hodges would be a bright light in a 6-1 loss to the Spokane Chiefs showing jump in his step regardless of the score. – Erich Eichhorn image ( )


The Chiefs’ opened the scoring at 6:32 of the second frame on a marker from Blake Gal. Rathjen stopped the initial shot, but Gal banged home a rebound off the right post to give Spokane a 1-0 lead. The Chiefs added another goal at 15:15 from Liam Stewart as he was able to shovel a loose puck into the Victoria net. Spokane extended their lead to three a minute later on a tally from Brenden Kitchton. The Chiefs’ forward picked up a pass from Gal in the high slot and wired a shot past Rathjen’s blocker to give Spokane a 3-0 lead heading into the final period.

Goalie Jared Rathjen would be the Royals scapegoat on the evening giving up 3 shorthanded goals on 36 shots by the Chiefs – Erich Eichhorn image ( ) 

Spokane continued the scoring in the third period as they add two more markers before the halfway mark on goals from Stewart and Mike Aviani. The Royals finally found a solution to the Chiefs’ netminder as they recorded their first of the game at 12:52. Steven Hodges put Victoria on the board when he wristed a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that beat Engel glove side. Spokane tallied one more goal before the final buzzer from Dominik Uher to round out the scoring. Chiefs 6 Royals 1.

Royals captain Hayden Rintoul looks to take away the cross-ice pass as Royals Rathjen looks on – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Victoria went 0/4 = 0.0% on the power play, while Spokane was 0/3 = 0.00%. The Chiefs outshot the Royals 36-25.

The Royals are back in action this weekend as they play host to the Vancouver Giants for a pair of games. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, March 4th. For further details or to purchase your tickets today, visit the Victoria Royals Ticket Office,, or call 250-220-7889.

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#11 Steven Hodges would score the lone goal for the Royals on a tough night on the ice dropping a 6-1 decision to the Spokane Chiefs – Erich Eichhorn image ( )