South Island Royals Tie Fraser Valley 2-2


September 30, 2012, Victoria, BC – Cole Pickup scored a third period goal to help the South Island Royals earn a 2-2 tie with the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in BC Hockey Major Midget League action Sunday morning at Bear Mountain Arena.

On a Sunday morning, the South Island Royals played host to the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in the second game of a two-game set. The Royals looked towards Markus Daly in goal, while the Thunderbirds went with Zach Dyment.

South Island looked to grab the game’s first goal early after being rewarded with a powerplay less than five minutes in. On the man advantage, forward Jordan Martin walked off the right half boards and snapped a low shot through the legs of Dyment for the 1-0 lead. The Royals’ looked to double their lead halfway through the frame off a shorthanded break when Haydn Hopkins fought his way through a couple of defenders and deked to his left, but the Thunderbirds’ netminder reacted to the play to make the blocker save. The stop proved timely as Fraser Valley found their tying marker with just over five minutes left in the period. Off the right side, forward Brice Sharp corralled a long pass off the boards before he put a quick shot over the glove of Daly from the right face-off dot. The teams took a 1-1 tie into the first intermission.

The Thunderbirds opened the second period with an early four minute powerplay, but could not find their second marker due to some key shot blocks and saves by the Royals’ players. However, Fraser Valley would grab their first lead of the game a couple minutes later at the 7:25 mark. Forward Kyle Westeringh jumped on a loose puck in the slot before he put it quickly past the outstretched blocker of Daly for the 2-1 lead. Cole Pickup looked to bring South Island back on level terms with five minutes remaining on a two man advantage, but found his shot from the right circle hit the post and bounce out of harm’s way. The Thunderbirds held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The Royals’ opened the final period on the powerplay and looked to capitalize after Nick Guiney fed Pickup cross crease, but the forward found his shot go off the side of the net. Minutes later on another powerplay Guiney would find Pickup again on a similar play and this time the forward would make no mistake putting a high shot over the glove of Dyment to knot the game up 2-2. The rest of the period saw the teams adapt into a defensive style of play as neither team could notch the game winning goal. South Island 2 Fraser Valley 2

The Royals outshot the Thunderbirds 44-35.

South Island will now welcome the Valley West Hawks for two games to conclude their six game home stand. Game one will take place on Saturday, October 6th at 4:30 p.m., while game two is scheduled for the following day at 10:00 a.m. Both games will take place at the Save-0n-Foods Memorial Centre.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.