Royals held off by Rebels

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Photos: Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

November 1, 2013, Victoria (ISN) – Friday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals welcomed the Red Deer Rebels for the first of back-to-back home games. The Royals gave Patrik Polivka the start, while the Rebels responded with Patrik Bartosak.

The Royals headed to the penalty kill 43 seconds into the period, but Ben Walker had the best chance for Victoria when he was sprung on a breakaway. Bartosak denied Walker on the chance while the Royals continued to apply pressure early in the game. At the 14:11 mark, Red Deer opened the scoring on a quick shot from the high slot by Dominik Volek that eluded Polivka. Victoria ended the first frame on the penalty kill and down by a 1-0 margin.

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Dominik Volek strikes first for the Rebels. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

The Royals appeared to have tied the game midway through the second period when Steven Hodges found Logan Nelson in front of the net, but a video review showed the puck rang off the crossbar. At the 16:54 mark, the Rebels added to their lead when Haydn Fleury found a loose puck off of a powerplay rush and tapped it into an open net. Victoria’s offence was persistent throughout the frame as they outshot Red Deer 19-6, but Bartosak continued to stymie the Royals who trailed 2-0 after 40 minutes of play.

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The puck rolls across the back of the Rebels goaltender Patrik Bartosak, but it was a no goal. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

Walker got the Royals on the board at the 6:04 mark of the third period. The Edina, MN native rushed the puck up the ice and let a snap shot go from just inside the blue line that beat Bartosak between the legs. Victoria continued to control the play and outshoot Red Deer, but still found themselves trailing late in regulation time. The Royals pulled Polivka for the extra attacker which produced multiple late chances to tie the game, but Bartosak preserved the victory for the visitors. Rebels 2 Victoria 1.

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Rebels goaltender, Patrik Bartosak covers the puck with his body and stays there until it’s safe to get up. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

Victoria went 0/4= 0.0% on the powerplay, while Red Deer went 1/5= 20.0%. The Royals outshot the Rebels 43-18.

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Royals Steven Hodges battles for an opportunity to fire the puck on net. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

The Royals will look to avenge Friday’s loss with another contest against Red Deer tomorrow night. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. and it will be Turn Back the Clock Night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre! The first 2,000 fans will receive a vintage team poster and all fans in attendance will receive a surprise ticket offer during the game!

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Dog pile in front of the Rebel’s net and all piled on top of Patrik Bartosak. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

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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Tempers flair near the end of the game. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

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Royals Austin Carroll finds himself flat on his back during a scuffle in front of the Rebel’s net. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

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Ben Walker scored the Royals’ only goal. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News) 

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