November 10, 2012, Medicine Hat, AB – Logan Nelson recorded the hat trick as the Victoria Royals posted a 5-3 win over Medicine Hat in WHL action Saturday night.
In a Saturday night contest at the Medicine Hat Arena, the Victoria Royals went up against the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Royals started Patrik Polivka in net, while the Tigers sent Cam Lanigan in between the pipes.
Logan Nelson opened the scoring in the game for Victoria with his fourth goal of the season at 18:06 of the first period. Nelson picked up the puck at the Tigers’ blueline and went in alone after he broke away from two Medicine Hat defenders. Nelson made a quick move from his forehand to his backhand then slotted the puck top shelf on Lanigan. The period was filled with chances for both sides, but was highlighted by several key saves from Polivka and the Royals took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Tigers tied the game at 6:10 of the second frame on a powerplay goal by Elgin Pearce. Curtis Valk corralled the puck along the wall in the Royals’ zone and fed Pearce in the slot whose shot squeaked through the legs of Polivka. Victoria responded at 17:49 when Brandon Fushimi scored the first goal of his WHL career and regained the lead for the Royals. Logan Fisher found the puck behind the goal line after a face off in the Tigers’ zone before he spotted Fushimi alone in the slot. The 16-year-old Thornton, CO native rifled a quick shot off the post and in before Lanigan could get set. After 40 minutes of play, the Royals held a 2-1 advantage.
Victoria added to their lead when Jamie Crooks netted his seventh of the season at 5:48 of the final frame. Brandon Magee fought for a loose puck behind the Tigers’ net before he circled behind the goal and made a cross-crease pass to an open Crooks who sniped it past Lanigan glove side. Medicine Hat closed the gap at 8:02 when Miles Koules added his sixth of the season on the powerplay. Pearce had his shot from the slot blocked, but the puck bounced on to the tape of Koules who slid it under a sprawling Polivka. The Royals quickly responded on Nelsons’ second goal of the night at the 9:11 mark. Joe Hicketts lobbed the puck from his own end and found Nelson who was streaking and that sent him in alone on a breakaway. Nelson put on another forehand to backhand move and lifted it over the Tigers’ netminder. The goal was reviewed, but would stand as the Rogers, MN native’s fifth goal of the season. Hunter Shinkaruk scored for Medicine Hat at 13:09 to cut Victoria’s lead to one. Pearce delivered the puck to Shinkaruk at the left of the Royals’ goal before the Medicine Hat captain found the top corner. After Royals’ Head Coach Dave Lowry called a time out from the Royals’ bench, Nelson drew a penalty and completed the hat trick while on the man advantage at 16:23 of the third period. Brett Cote’s point shot was stopped by the right pad of Lanigan, but the rebound found the stick of Nelson who fired it blocker side past the Tigers’ goaltender. Medicine Hat would pull Lanigan for the extra attacker, but Victoria preserved the victory. Royals 5 Tigers 3.
Victoria went 1/2= 50.0% on the powerplay, while Medicine Hat went 2/4= 50.0%. The Royals and Tigers each had 32 shots on net.
Victoria will now head home to face the Everett Silvertips on Friday, November 16th and the Regina Pats on Saturday, November 17th at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. each night.
The 2012 Subway Super Series visits Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on November 15th as Team Russia takes on Team WHL! Tickets to the Subway Super Series are still available at the Select Your Tickets Box Office or by calling 250-220-7777.
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