Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
January 12, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – In a Saturday afternoon matchup at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals welcomed the Vancouver NE Chiefs for the first game of a two game weekend set. The Royals looked towards Jesse Jenks between the pipes, while the Chiefs went with Jeffrey Smith.
Vancouver got on the board less than a minute into the game off a shot from Matthew Barzal. The NE Chiefs’ forward received a puck in the neutral zone before he skated into the Royals zone and rifled a shot past the blocker of Jenks. Michael Willms would double Vancouver’s lead just over two minutes later after he buried his own rebound over an outstretched Jenks from in tight. Colton Kehler and Willms would add two more goals for the NE Chiefs before the end of the period as they took a 4-0 lead into the second frame. Markus Daly took to the Royals net after the fourth marker.
NE Chiefs Matthew Barzal keeps SI Royals Sean Buchanan from the puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
South Island looked to respond early into the middle frame after they received a four minute man advantage, but it was Vancouver that grabbed a shorthanded tally. Barzal burst into the zone all alone and found his shot stopped the Royals’ netminder, but Kehler followed up the play for the easy tap-in. The NE Chiefs would add one more goal in the frame as they lead 6-0 after 40 minutes.
The third period would see Vancouver score two more goals from Mathew Michie and Kehler to round out the games scoring. NE Chiefs 8 Royals 0
SI Royals Jack Rachwalski chases down Chiefs Boston Colley – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
South Island will conclude their two game series with Vancouver tomorrow, Sunday, January 13th at 9:45 a.m. The Royals next home game will come on Sunday, January 26th when they welcome the North Island Silvertips to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for the back-half of a home-and-home series. Game time is scheduled for 9:45 a.m.