January 10, 2012, Kelowna, BC (ISN) – In a Wednesday night matchup, the Victoria Royals visited Prospera Place to take on the Kelowna Rockets. Victoria gave Patrik Polivka the start in net, while Kelowna countered with Jordan Cooke.
The long road trip may have taken a toll on the Royals as they fall behind 6-1 to the Kelowna Rockets.
The game opened with a torrid pace as there were no stoppages through the first 4:05 played. The physical play between the two B.C. Division rivals was introduced at the 13 minute mark as Victoria defenceman Jordan Fransoo and Rockets’ forward Tyrell Goulbourne squared off behind the Royals’ net. Victoria escaped a close call just after the 15 minute mark as a Kelowna point shot squeaked through the arm of Polivka, but the puck was cleared out of the crease by Taylor Crunk. The physical tone continued late in the first period as Crunk and Rockets’ forward Cody Fowlie dropped the gloves in the final minute. While Kelowna outshot Victoria 16-5 through the first 20 minutes, Patrik Polivka stood tall for the Royals and the game remained scoreless.
Kelowna’s fifth-ranked powerplay went to work 22 seconds into the second period. Myles Bell hammered a one-timer that whistled over the glove of Polivka at 1:07 of the middle frame. Kelowna increased their lead to two 37 seconds later when Carter Rigby accepted a Tyson Baillie pass and snapped a quick shot past the blocker of Polivka. Damon Severson, Mackenzie Johnston and Zack Franko added goals for Kelowna before the end of the frame. After two periods of play, the Rockets held a 5-0 lead.
Trent Lofthouse put the Royals on the score sheet 6:32 into the third period with his first goal in a Victoria uniform. After collecting a loose puck in the neutral zone, the new-comer entered the Kelowna zone and wristed a shot from the left face-off dot that beat Cooke to the glove side. Ryan Olsen added a final goal for the Rockets at the 10:35 mark to round out the scoring. Kelowna 6 Victoria 1.
Victoria went 0/3 = 0.0% on the powerplay while Kelowna was 2/4 = 50.0%. The Rockets outshot the Royals 38-18.
The Royals continue their three-game road trip when they drop the puck with the Everett Silvertips at 7:35 p.m. on Friday night. The Royals’ next home game is Tuesday, January 15th as they host the Kamloops Blazers for a two-game series at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre that concludes on Wednesday night. Puck drop for both games is set for 7:05 p.m.
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