Victoria-Royals-(1)

With Photos by David Bukach (ISN)

September 25, 2013, Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals received goals from Logan Nelson and Brandon Fushimi in a losing effort as they dropped a 6-2 decision to the Spokane Chiefs in WHL action Tuesday night in Victoria.

The Royals gave Patrik Polivka the start in net, while the Chiefs responded with Eric Williams.

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Royals defender Ryan Gagnon (#3) tries to hook Chiefs forward Dominic Zwerger (#22) of the puck during the WHL regular season game between the Victoria Royals and Spokane Chiefs at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena, Victoria, BC – photo David Bukach (ISN)

Spokane opened the scoring with a powerplay goal at the 9:22 mark when Mitch Holmberg one-timed a shot past Polivka from the left face-off circle. Chiefs’ forward Blair Oneschuk made it 2-0 at 15:06 when he banged in a loose puck from the top of crease. The Royals got on the board courtesy of a powerplay marker by Logan Nelson with less than one minute left in the first period. At the 19:15 mark, Brett Cote corralled a loose puck behind the Spokane net and fed a pass to Nelson in the slot where the Rogers, MN native wired a shot above the glove of Williams. Spokane answered just 33 seconds later to regain their two-goal lead off of a goal by Jeremy McIntosh. After 20 minutes of play, the Chiefs led 3-1.

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Royals winger Brandon Fushimi (#25) celebrates after scoring a goal during the WHL regular season game between the Victoria Royals and Spokane Chiefs at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena, Victoria, BC – photo David Bukach (ISN)

 

Spokane extended their lead on a shot from the slot by Carter Proft at 11:49 of the second frame. Coleman Vollrath then took over for Polivka in the Royals’ net. The goaltender change seemed to spark the home team and Brandon Fushimi struck at 12:34 for Victoria. Fushimi found a loose puck in the slot and wired a wrist shot through traffic that sailed high past Williams’ blocker. The goal sent the Royals into the second intermission trailing by a 4-2 score.

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Chiefs centre Michael Aviani (#16) and Royals forward Logan Nelson (#19) battle for a loose puck during the WHL regular season game between the Victoria Royals and Spokane Chiefs at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena, Victoria, BC – photo David Bukach (ISN)

Victoria was unable to draw closer early in the third period and goals by Holmberg and Adam Helewka at 8:38 and 13:02, respectively, rounded out the scoring in a Spokane victory. Chiefs 6 Royals 2.

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Chiefs goalie Eric Williams (#35) makes a dramatic leg save during the WHL regular season game between the Victoria Royals and Spokane Chiefs at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena, Victoria, BC – photo David Bukach (ISN)

Victoria went 1/5= 20.0% on the powerplay, while Spokane went 2/4= 50.0%. The Chiefs outshot the Royals 42-28.

The Royals will look for revenge tomorrow night when they face the Chiefs at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

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Royals relief goalie Coleman Vollrath (#35) goes down to make a save during the WHL regular season game between the Victoria Royals and Spokane Chiefs at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena, Victoria, BC – photo David Bukach (ISN)

We are Royal Blue, are you? 2013-14 season ticket packages starting from $414 are on sale now! To guarantee yourself the best seats at the best prices call 250-220-7889, visit www.victoriaroyals.com, or head down to the Victoria Royals Ticketing Office located at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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