February 17, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – In a Sunday afternoon clash at Rexall Place, the Victoria Royals squared off against the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start in goal, while the Oil Kings responded with Laurent Brossoit.
The physical tone was set early as Tim Traber and Mitchell Moroz dropped the gloves just 10 seconds into the game. The two combatants fought to a draw as they tried to give their respective team a spark out of the gate. The Royals opened the scoring on a goal by Jamie Crooks at 7:09. The Vermilion, AB native gained possession of the puck in the high slot before he broke in alone and slid a quick backhand between Brossoit’s legs.
Steven Hodges added to the visiting team’s lead with a pretty breakaway goal at the 15:21 mark. After he received a pass from Brandon Magee in the neutral zone, the Florida Panthers’ draft choice gained the Edmonton zone on a breakaway and lifted a backhanded shot high over Brossoit’s glove. Vollrath stopped all 12 shots he faced in the first to keep the Victoria Royals ahead by a 2-0 score after 20 minutes of play.
The Oil Kings got on the board with a powerplay goal by Travis Ewanyk at 8:49 of the second period. Cody Corbett’s point shot was stopped by Vollrath, but Ewanyk was positioned in front of the net and knocked in the loose puck. The home side tied the game courtesy of a Michael St.Croix one-timer at 13:51. St. Croix accepted a Trevor Cheek pass in the slot and one-timed the puck high glove side on Vollrath. At the 14:28 mark, Edmonton grabbed the lead on a goal by David Musil. The Oil Kings’ defenceman capitalized on a three-on-two rush when he beat the Royals’ goaltender from the left face-off circle with a hard wrist shot short side. Victoria forward Taylor Crunk then attempted to gain some momentum for his team when he dropped the gloves with Keegan Lowe. The California native landed multiple heavy blows as he took the clear decision, but the Oil Kings took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.
The Oil Kings extended their lead on Curtis Lazar’s 30th goal of the season. Lazar was positioned to the left of the goal and tipped in a Martin Gernat pass from the point at the 5:35 mark. St.Croix made it a 5-2 game at 6:38 after he corralled a loose puck in the slot and chipped it past the blocker of the Royals’ goaltender. Michael Herringer then took over goaltending duties for Victoria in his first taste of WHL action. The goaltending switch would not changed the outcome of the game as the home side skated away with the win as time expired. Oil Kings 5 Royals 2.
Victoria went 0/3=0.0% on the powerplay, while Edmonton was 1/5=20.0%. The Oil Kings outshot the Royals 38-19.
The Royals, having now completed a six-game road trip, head home to host the Kelowna Rockets for a pair of games on Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd. Puck drop for both games is set for 7:05 p.m.
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