Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
September 30,2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Royals were looking to complete a weekend sweep of the Kamloops Blazers at Save On Foods Memorial Center, but the Blazers showed why they are ranked #8 in the country coming away with a solid 3-0 win to earn the series split.
The 1st period saw both teams trade chances until Kamloops found the back of the net off a point shot from Brady Gaudet that found it’s way through a maze of players and beat Victoria goaltender Jared Rathjen, 15 minutes into the period. The Blazers outshot the Royals 16-13 and headed into the 1st intermission up 1-0.
Victoria’s Brett Cote breaks up ice during matinee game against the Kamloops Blazers at Save On Foods Memorial Center on Sunday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Kamloops would take a 2 goal lead early in the 2nd period when defenseman Aaron Macklin fed a pass to a streaking Rob Trzonkowski who went five hole on Rathjen.
The Blazers defense helped goaltender Cole Cheveldave, by limiting Victoria to just 6 shots in the period as the teams finished 40 minutes of play with the Blazers up 2-0.
Kamloops’ Dylan Willick spilts the Royals defense on Sunday at Save On Foods Memorial Center. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The 3rd period saw Kamloops continue to stymie the Victoria offense by clogging up both the passing and shooting lanes. The Royals continued to battle, but the experience of a veteran laden Blazers squad showed through, and they were only able to muster 3 shots in the 3rd period.
Logan Nelson of the Victoria Royals is tripped up by Kamloops Blazers Landon Cross during Sunday afternoon’s WHL contest at Save On Foods Memorial Center. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Victoria’s Taylor Crunk fires a shot on net past the outstretched stick of Kamloops’ Tyler Bell. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Kamloops scored their 3rd goal of the night when Colin Smith banged home a rebound from on the doorstep for his 2nd goal of the season.
Cheveldave, earned 1st star honors for his 22 save performance while Brady Gaudet was named 2nd star and Jared Rathjen took 3rd star for a solid game turning aside 36 of the 39 shots he faced.
The Royals have a couple of days off before hosting the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday night, 7:05 at Save On Foods Memorial Center.