Royals Fall on Road to Blazers 5-2


October 10, 2012, Kamloops, BC (ISN) – The Kamloops Blazers (6-0-0-1) continued to win as they took down the Victoria Royals (6-3-0-0) 5-2 on home ice Wednesday night.

In a Wednesday night matchup the Victoria Royals travelled to Kamloops to take on the Blazers at Interior Savings Center. Kamloops gave Cole Cheveldave the start in net while Victoria gave the nod to Patrik Polivka.

The game got off to a physical start, highlighted by an open ice hit on JC Lipon by Royals’ defenceman Tyler Stahl. Kamloops would later open the scoring at the 17:51 mark of the first period. In the Royals’ zone, Brendan Ranford fed a pass to JC Lipon along the right boards before the Blazers’ forward cut hard to the middle of the net and beat Polivka to the far side. After 20 minutes, Kamloops held a 1-0 lead.

The physicality carried over into the second frame as Victoria’s Taylor Crunk and Kamloop’s forward Aaron Macklin squared off prior to the halfway point of the period. The Blazers would increase their lead to 2-0 at 15:24 off of a Colin Smith tally. Lipon gained the Victoria zone and fired a low shot on net from the top of the left circle. Polivka made the initial save, but the rebound found the stick of Smith who shoveled the puck past the Royals’ netminder. Ranford added another goal to increase the Kamloops lead to three before the end of the period. After collecting the loose puck in the low slot, the Blazers’ forward made a toe-drag move and snapped a shot that beat Polivka high to the blocker side. The Blazers owned a 3-0 lead through two periods.

The Royals made a goaltending change to start the third period as Coleman Vollrath saw his first WHL action in relief of Polivka. Victoria would get on the board 53 seconds into the period on a Jamie Crooks marker. With the puck behind the Kamloops net, Alex Gogolev centered a pass to Crooks at the top of the crease before the 20-year-old fired a shot inside the left post. Tim Bozon would then restore the three-goal lead for the Blazers at the 5:12 mark. From behind the net, the Kamloops forward banked the puck off of Vollrath’s skate and in as the Victoria netminder slid from post-to-post giving the Blazers a 4-1 advantage. Victoria cut the lead to two while on the powerplay at the 7:41 mark of the frame. After a goal-mouth scramble, Taylor Crunk was credited with the last touch as the Royals’ forward notched his first goal of the season and his first career regular season goal. Cole Ully added a fifth goal for Kamloops before the end of the period to seal the victory for the Blazers. Kamloops 5 Victoria 2.

Victoria went 1/6 = 16.7% on the powerplay while Kamloops was 0/3 = 00.0%. The Blazers outshot the Royals 31-27.

The Royals next home game is Friday October 12th as they welcome the Kelowna Rockets to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for the first of a two-game weekend set. Season tickets and mini-packs are now on sale. Guarantee yourself the best seats by visiting, calling 250-220-7889, or emailing before it’s too late!

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