Royals Blank Silvertips for First Ever Shut-Out Win

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Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN

November 16, 2012, Victoria, BC – Goaltender Patrick Polivka stopped 20 shots en route to the Victoria Royals’ first ever shutout win, as they blanked the Everett Silvertips 5-0 Friday at Save-on-Foods-Memorial Arena in Victoria.

In a Friday night contest at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals welcomed the Everett Silvertips. Victoria gave Patrik Polivka the start in net while the Silvertips countered with Austin Lotz.

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Patrik Polivka stood his ground between the pipes in posting the Victoria Royals first shut out. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Victoria opened the scoring at 6:53 of the first period courtesy Alex Gogolev’s ninth goal of the season. Ben Walker’s shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle was deflected before Gogolev batted the puck out of midair and past Lotz. The game took a physical turn as Silvertips’ forward Lucas Grayson squared off against the Royals’ Keegan Kanzig. Kanzig earned the decision after a lengthy bout and despite three Everett breakaway attempts, Polivka stood tall as he stopped all seven shots faced in the first period. After 20 minutes, Victoria held a 1-0 advantage.

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Victoria Royals hulking defenseman Keenan Kanzig puts Everett Silvertips Lucas Grayson in his place during 1st period of Friday nights WHL contest at Save On Foods Memorial Centre. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Jamie Crooks increased the Royals’ lead to 2-0 at the 7:19 mark of the middle frame. Brandon Magee won a puck battle behind the net before he found Crooks alone in the slot. The 20-year-old quickly snapped a shot over the glove of Lotz for his eighth of the campaign. Walker then added a third Victoria goal on the power play at the 13 minute mark of the second period. After he cycled the puck down low with Magee, Crooks fed Walker at the right face-off circle. The Royals’ forward rifled a shot inside the far post past the Everett netminder. Victoria took the 3-0 lead into the second intermission.

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Victoria Royals Tyler Stahl puts a halt to Everett Silvertips Carson Stadnyk’s plans during WHL regular season game at Save On Foods Memorial Centre on Friday night. (photo by Glenn ivens – ISN)

Brandon Fushimi furthered the Royals’ lead 5:49 into the final frame. Logan Nelson won the puck behind the Silvertips net and left it for rookie forward Logan Fisher. The 17-year-old forward spotted Fushimi alone in the slot and fed him with a quick pass before the Thornton, CO native buried a snap shot past Lotz for his second goal of the year. Daniel Cotton then relieved Austin Lotz in the Everett net, but Crooks would convert soon after to make it a 5-0 Royals lead. After a Silvertips turnover at the Victoria blueline, Crooks jumped on the loose puck and rushed down the ice on a breakaway. The 20-year-old showed patience with a forehand to backhand deke that he slid between Cotton’s legs for his second goal of the night. Polivka turned away nine shots in the final 20 minutes to seal his first WHL shutout and the first shutout win in team history. Victoria 5 Everett 0.

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Victoria’s Jamie Crooks watches as his 2nd goal of the night slides through the legs of Everett’s Daniel Cotton. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Victoria went 1/5 = 20.0% on the power play, while Everett was 0/3 = 0.0%. The Royals outshot the Silvertips 36-20.

The Royals’ next home game is tomorrow night, Saturday, November 17th when they host the Regina Pats at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals Holiday Combo is on sale now! Season tickets and mini-packs are still on sale. Guarantee yourself the best seats by visiting www.victoriaroyals.com, calling 250-220-7889, or emailing vrtickets@victoriaroyals.com before it’s too late!

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