October 4, 2013, Victoria, BC – On a Friday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals welcomed the Valley West Hawks for the first game of a two game weekend set.
The Royals looked towards Chris Smith between the pipes, while the Hawks replied with Cole Forbes.
Valley West found themselves on a power play in the opening minutes of the game and capitalized to open the scoring. Off a shot from the right point, Hawks’ forward Mitch Newsome found a loose puck in the crease and shuffled it past Smith for a 1-0 lead. Matt Bradley grabbed Valley West’s second goal of the frame just after the 10 minute mark after he pounced on a loose rebound and threw it past the outstretched pad of the South Island netminder.
The Royals cut the lead in half with six minutes left in the first. Jacob Malloch stripped a Valley West defender in the offensive zone before he beat Forbes between the legs on a deke to this left. Within seconds though, the Hawks restored their two goal lead off a snipe from defender Paul Savage at the top of the right face-off circle. Malloch pulled the Royals back to within one before the end of the period as he roofed a shot over Forbes from in tight on the man advantage to make it a 3-2 game after 20 minutes.
Valley West found their fourth marker of the game 42 seconds into the middle stanza when Paul Smith slotted a second change opportunity past the Royals’ goalie. South Island would respond before the halfway point with their second power play goal to make it a 4-3 game. After some nice puck movement in the offensive zone, the puck landed on the stick of Duncan Cochrane in the slot, who converted a nice backhand deke past the Hawks’ goaltender.
The remainder of the period saw the teams exchange multiple power player opportunities, but neither team would be able to find the games next tally as they headed into the second intermission with Valley West leading 4-3.
The Hawks regained their two goal lead five minutes into the final frame when Jesse Lansdell picked the top left corner with a shot from the left face-off dot. Minutes later, Jordan Funk gave Valley West a 6-3 advantage off a similar shot that found room below the crossbar from the high slot. The scoring subsided for the remainder of the game as the Hawks went on to secure the win. Hawks 6 Royals 3.
South Island and Valley West will conclude their two game set tomorrow morning at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Puck-drop is slated for 11:15 a.m. The Royals next home series will come two weeks from now when they welcome the Vancouver NE Chiefs. Game one will go Saturday, October 19th at 4:30 p.m., with Game two the following day at 10:00 a.m.