December 8, 2012, Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals held their annual Teddy Bear Toss night on Saturday against the visiting Swift Current Broncos. A strong game between the pipes by Patrik Polivka and a pair of goals :46 apart gave the Royals the result they were looking for, a 2-1 win.
The Royals came out firing in the first period but were unable to beat Broncos’ goaltender Eetu Laurikainen. The best chance came on a two man advantage when Jamie Crooks rang one off the goal post that fooled a few of the fans into tossing their Teddy Bears onto the ice.
Jamie Crooks (not in frame) shot rings off the goal post in the 1st period prompting to eager fans to prematurely toss Teddy Bears onto the ice. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Patrik Polivka was equally solid between the pipes for the Royals turning aside the 8 shots he faced.
The Teddy Bears would rain down early in the 2nd period when Austin Carroll took a pass in the neutral zone beat the defense and fired a shot that found its way into the back of the net to open the scoring.
Austin Carroll would opening the scoring for the Royals and initiate the Teddy Bear Toss for Charity. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Royals added to their lead 46 seconds later when Ben Walker fed a sweet little touch pass to Brandon Magee who sniped the top corner on Laurikainen.
Polivka again turned aside every thing he faced sending the teams into the 2nd intermission with the Royals up 2-0.
Patrik Polivka was stellar between the pipes for the Royals turing aside 32 of 33 shots faced. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Polivka would earn his team the victory in the 3rd period turning aside 16 of the 17 shots he faced. He made a key save on a breakaway by Winnipeg Jets draft pick Adam Lowry early in the period then came up with a pair of saves late in the period to preserve the win.
Patrik Polivka stops Swift Current’s Adam Lowry from point blank range in the Royals 2-1 victory on Saturday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Lowry did manage to bulge the twine with just under 4 minutes to play, taking a pass from Dillon Heatherington and beating Polivka high to the glove side while on the power play.
Head coach Dave Lowry was pleased with his teams performance, “I thought we played well tonight, thats the type of game we need to play. We need to minimize the quality chances against and you need your goalie to make a save every once and awhile. Patty made some big saves against those guys.”
Victoria’s Logan Nelson battles Swift Current’s Chance Lund for loose puck during Saturday nights WHL tilt at Save On Foods Memorial Centre. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Royals now head out on the road for games in Seattle, Red Deer and Edmonton before the Christmas break then head back home for a weekend set with the Prince George Cougars on Dec. 28 and 29 at Save On Foods Memorial Centre.