February 2, 2013, Victoria, BC – On a Saturday afternoon at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals welcomed the Kootenay Ice for the first game of a back-to-back weekend series.
The Royals looked towards Jesse Jenks between the pipes, while the Ice went with Harrison Whitlock.
The opening 10 minutes of the game saw the teams exchange powerplay opportunities as they looked for the games opening tally, but neither team would be able to convert. With three minutes left in the period, South Island looked to have broken the deadlock after the puck crossed the line from a goalmouth scuffle. The play was quickly called back as the net had been knocked off. The game remained scoreless after one period.
The second period saw similar play to the first 20 minutes, as neither team were able to generate a quality scoring opportunity to break the goalless draw. Both goaltenders entered the final frame having stopped all shots through 40 minutes of play.
South Island finally broke the deadlock eight minutes into the final period on a marker from Jack Rachwalski. From the left corner, forward Jordan Martin cut towards goal and put a puck on net that Whitlock stopped, but Rachwalski pounced on the rebound for his seventh goal of the season. With the goaltender pulled in the final minute, the Ice were awarded a powerplay as they looked to convert on the 6-on-4 man advantage. With eight seconds left on the clock, the puck came across the crease to the stick of Coy Prevost who quickly buried it past Jenks to knot the game back up. Royals 1 Ice 1
South Island outshot the Ice 34-13.
The Royals and the Ice will conclude their two-game weekend matchup tomorrow, February 3rd with puck-drop scheduled for 9:45 a.m. South Island will then welcome the Okanagan Rockets to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for two games next weekend. Game one will take place on Saturday, February 9th at 5:00 p.m.