December 14, 2012, Red Deer, AB – The Victoria Royals received a first-career goal from rookie Jack Walker, but it would not be enough as they lost 3-2 in a shoot-out to the Red Deer Rebels on Friday night in Red Deer.
Victoria gave Patrik Polivka the start in net while Red Deer countered with Bolton Pouliot.
Red Deer opened the scoring 1:12 into the first period. Forward Maxwell Brooks collected a loose puck behind the Victoria net before he circled out of the right corner and fired a backhand on net from the slot. Polivka made the initial save, but the rebound found the tape of Rhyse Dieno who snapped a shot over the right leg of the Victoria netminder. The Royals tied the game with a powerplay marker from Logan Nelson at the 13:45 mark. Defenceman Joe Hicketts fired a shot wide of the net from the high slot. Nelson picked up the puck as it caromed off the end boards and released a quick shot from below the right face-off circle that beat Pouliot inside the near post. Tim Traber and Devan Fafard dropped the mitts in a spirited tilt near the end of the period, but no further scoring would be found. After 20 minutes, the game was tied 1-1.
The Rebels restored their lead 7:37 into the middle frame. Matt Bellerive grabbed the puck at his own blue line and skated into the Royals’ zone along the left wing. The Red Deer forward cut to the middle of the ice and fired a wrist shot that beat Polivka to the blocker side. The Rebels held the 2-1 lead as the teams entered the second intermission.
Down a goal late in the third, Jack Walker recorded his first WHL goal to even the game at two goals apiece. Ben Walker, the older brother of Jack, picked up a loose puck and cycled out of the corner before he fed a cross-crease pass to his younger brother. Jack Walker took the feed to the right of Pouliot and snapped it home at the 15:28 mark. Neither team could find a game-winner in the final stages of the game and the contest headed to overtime. Overtime also solved nothing and a shootout was needed to determine a victor.
Victoria would shoot first and were able to score twice as Nelson and Steven Hodges put the puck past Pouliot. However, Red Deer counted all three of their attempts and Conner Bleackley’s goal sealed the win for the Rebels. Red Deer 3 Victoria 2, in a shootout.
Victoria went 1/6 = 16.7% on the powerplay while Red Deer was 0/3 = 0.0%. The Royals outshot the Rebels 34-32.
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