Royals win battle with Hurricanes

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October 12, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – In a Saturday night matchup at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals hosted the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the second consecutive night. The Royals gave Patrik Polivka the start in goal, while the Hurricanes countered with Corbin Boes.

Ben Walker opened the scoring for Victoria just 1:46 into the game. The Royals’ forward sped down the right wing and snapped a quick shot past the blocker of Boes to give Victoria an early lead. Lethbridge answered five minutes later when Ryan Pilon’s point shot ricocheted through traffic and beat Polivka low blocker side. The Royals pressed for the lead as they outshot the Hurricanes 17-4 in the frame, but the game remained tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.

Lethbridge grabbed the lead 2:19 into the second period on a powerplay goal from Tyler Wong. Tempers flared soon after as Ryan Gagnon and Macoy Erkamps engaged in a spirited scrap. Momentum shifted back to the home side and Keegan Kanzig responded for the Royals at the 7:42 mark. From the left face-off dot, the Calgary Flames’ prospect fired a wrist shot past Boes’ blocker to record his first career WHL regular season goal. Victoria fired another 21 shots on goal in the period, but Boes kept the game tied 2-2 as the teams headed to the second intermission.

The Hurricanes broke the deadlock when Sam Mckechnie converted at the 9:52 mark of the third period to give the visitors a 3-2 lead. The back-and-forth action continued as Joe Hicketts tied the game on a powerplay with 5:43 left in the third when he let a blast go from the point. Victoria was then whistled for two minor penalties, but killed off the two-man disadvantage courtesy of key blocked shots by the penalty kill unit. With 1:17 left in regulation, the Royals broke through on a Logan Nelson strike. As time began to expire, Nelson picked up a loose puck on the goal line and banked the puck off Boes and into the back of the net. Lethbridge pulled their goalie for an extra attacker late, but Nelson’s goal would stand as the game-winner. Royals 4 Hurricanes 3.

Victoria went 1/5=20.0% on the powerplay, while Lethbridge went 1/4=25.0%. The Royals outshot the Hurricanes 49-28

The Royals return to action at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Thanksgiving Monday when they host the Prince George Cougars. Puck drop on Monday is scheduled for an afternoon start of 1:05 p.m. and fans can skate with the Royals following the game.

We are Royal Blue, are you? 2013-14 season ticket, mini-plan and group packages are now available! 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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