Royals Narrowly Dropped by Rockets

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March 6, 2013, Kelowna, BC (ISN)– In a Wednesday night matchup, the Victoria Royals travelled to Kelowna to take on the Rockets at Prospera Place. Victoria turned to Coleman Vollrath in net while Kelowna countered with Jordan Cooke.

The two teams exchanged chances to begin the game and established a quick pace to the contest. The Rockets opened the scoring late with a powerplay goal from Madison Bowey at the 17:18 mark of the first period. Kelowna’s Riley Stadel fed a pass to Bowey at the right point before the defenceman took two strides and hammered a shot over the shoulder of the Victoria netminder. After 20 minutes of play the Rockets carried the 1-0 lead.

Jamie Crooks netted his 32nd goal of the season 2:21 into the second period to even the score at 1-1. Steven Hodges picked up a rebound to the left of the Kelowna net and slapped a shot that deflected off the blocker of Cooke and bounced loose into the crease. Crooks was able to get free and shoveled the loose puck across the goal line. Kelowna regained the lead at the 14:11 mark. From the bottom of the left circle, Rourke Chartier centered a pass that Jesse Lees one-timed past Vollrath for the 2-1 lead. The Royals responded quickly with a Jack Walker goal at the 15:55 mark. Ben Walker entered the Kelowna zone along the right wing and threw a shot on goal that Cooke was unable to smother. Austin Carroll found the rebound and fed a pass through the slot to the younger Walker who buried it into an open net. The game remained tied headed into the second intermission.

Kelowna had the better scoring chances in the early stages of the final frame, but Vollrath made multiple big saves to keep the game tied. Victoria’s Austin Carroll later broke the deadlock with a beautiful goal at the 18:45 mark. The Scottsdale, AZ native broke into the Kelowna zone and made a toe drag move around a defenceman before he cut to the low slot and roofed a backhand shot over the blocker of Cooke for the 3-2 lead. Kelowna would not go away and responded 28 seconds later with their goaltender pulled for an extra attacker. From the Royals’ blue line, Bowey unleashed a shot that was deflected by forward Ryan Olsen and past the right pad of Vollrath to square the game at 3-3. There was no further scoring in regulation and the game headed to overtime.

Overtime solved nothing and after 65 minutes of play, the game headed to a shootout to determine the extra point. Tyson Baillie took to the ice first for Kelowna and snapped a quick shot that was stopped by the blocker of Vollrath. Victoria’s first shooter was Steven Hodges who made a forehand move but couldn’t beat the left pad of Cooke. Both Vollrath and Cooke stole the show as they each turned aside the next four shooters they faced. In the sixth round, the Rockets’ Chartier slipped a shot through the legs of the Royals’ goaltender which forced Crooks to score for Victoria to extend the shootout. Crooks was unable to respond with a five-hole attempt of his own and Kelowna secured the extra point. Kelowna 4 Victoria 3 in a shootout.

Victoria went 0/1 = 0.0% on the powerplay while Kelowna was 1/3 = 33.3%. The Rockets outshot the Royals 30-23.

The Royals now return home to host the Vancouver Giants on Friday, March 8th for the first game of a home-and-away weekend series. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m.

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