Rathjen, Dixon Released From Team Prior to Game

November 9, 2012, Calgary, AB – The Victoria Royals dropped their sixth straight game, losing 5-2 to the Calgary Hitmen in Calgary on Friday night.

In a Friday night match-up at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the Victoria Royals squared off against the Calgary Hitmen. The Royals started Coleman Vollrath in net, while the Hitmen countered with Chris Driedger.

The first period was a scoreless affair as both goaltenders turned away every shot they faced. The chance of the period came when Victoria’s Jamie Crooks broke in alone shorthanded on Driedger. Crooks fired a shot blocker-side, but the Calgary netminder made the save to send the teams into the first intermission tied 0-0.

The Hitmen opened the scoring on a marker from Pavlo Padakin at 1:15 of the second period. Padakin collected Darian Henry’s rebound on his backhand and beat Vollrath stick side. Victoria responded at 13:14 on the powerplay when Tyler Stahl netted his first goal as a Royal. Stahl blasted a slapshot from the left point that beat Driedger between the legs to draw the teams even. With less than a minute left in the frame, Victoria’s 6’5″, 238lb Keegan Kanzig squared off with Calgary’s Jaynen Rissling, who stands at 6’4″, 225lbs. It was a spirited scrap that saw the Royals’ defender earn the decision. The Hitmen would grab the lead eight seconds from the buzzer when Elliot Peterson corralled a rebound off the end boards and found the back of the net. Peterson’s goal gave the Hitmen a 2-1 lead after two periods of play.

Brady Brassart extended Calgary’s lead at 2:40 of the third period when he released a snapshot off the left wing that beat Vollrath over the glove. Alex Roach added two more goals for the Hitmen to extend their lead to 5-1. Steven Hodges then extended his point streak to six games when he found the back of the net with less than two seconds to play. Hitmen 5 Royals 2.

Victoria went 1/5 = 20.0% on the powerplay, while Calgary was 2/8 = 25.0%. The Royals outshot the Hitmen 29-26.

The Royals now head to Medicine Hat for the final game of their seven game road trip. Puck drop against the Tigers is set for 7:30 p.m. MST. Victoria’s next home game is slated for Friday, November 16th against the Everett Silvertips.

Royals Solidify Goaltender Situation

Prior to Friday night’s game, the Royals solidified their goaltending situation by announcing that Jared Rathjen was released to Whitecourt of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), leaving Patrick Polivka and Coleman Vollrath as the tandem to share the remainder of the season.  Rathjen had played in 4 games for the Royals this season, going 2-2 with a 2.92 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.  The Royals also announced that defenceman Kolton Dixon was released to Okotoks of the AJHL.  

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