February 3, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – In a Sunday morning clash at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals entertained the Kootenay Ice in the second game of a two game weekend set.
The Royals started Markus Daly in goal, while the Ice went with Harrison Whitlock.
The opening frame saw the teams exchange opportunities in the offensive zone as they looked to kick start the games scoring. The best chance came just over five minutes into the game when the puck found the stick of Kootenay forward Brandon Sookro in the left circle. The Ice player quickly released a shot, but Daly has able to react and turn the puck aside. Both teams headed into the second period scoreless.
Kootenay would break open the deadlock three minutes into the middle frame of a shot from Michal Viala. After a turnover behind the Royals’ cage, the puck found Viala left of the crease, who put a shot inside the far post past the blocker of Daly. The Ice would extend their lead a couple minutes later when Austin Tambellini unloaded a slap shot from the left point that beat the Royals’ keeper cleanly under the right pad. Sookro would then give the Ice a 3-0 lead on the man advantage just before the halfway mark of the period after he collected Tristan Pagura’s point shot in the crease and buried it into the net. South Island would grab their first only seconds later after Nick Guiney finished off Cole Pickup’s pass with a nice backhand deke over the outstretched glove of Whitlock.
Greyson Reitmeier would then nab two more goals for Kootenay before Nick Kean would pull one back for the Royals after he fired a shot through the legs of Whitlock on a 3-on-1 rush. After 40 minutes of play, the scoreboard read 5-2 in favor of the Ice.
South Island would make it a two goal game just minutes into the final frame on a powerplay tally from Jack Rachwalski. Defender Garrett Stankhoven burst down the left side into the Kootenay zone before he found Rachwalski all alone in the crease who capitalized on the easy tap-in. With two minutes remaining before the final whistle, the Royals pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker, but would be unable to convert as Kootenay held on for the win. Ice 5 Royals 3
Kootenay outshot South Island 22-15.
The Royals will now welcome the Okanagan Rockets to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for two games next weekend. Game One is scheduled for Saturday, February 9th at 5:00 p.m. with Game Two the following day at 9:45 a.m.