Royals hold off Thunderbirds

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November 8, 2013, Kent, WA (ISN) – In a Friday night match-up at the ShoWare Center, the Victoria Royals went up against the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start in goal, while the Thunderbirds responded with Justin Myles.

With 13:35 gone in the game, Tyler Soy opened the scoring for the Royals. The Cloverdale, BC native took advantage of a Seattle turnover at the blue line before he fired a shot through the legs of Myles from the left face-off dot. Seattle had a chance to even the score with a late powerplay, but Vollrath was strong in goal for Victoria and the Royals held a 1-0 advantage after 20 minutes of play.

Brandon Magee added to the Royals’ lead at the 2:07 mark of the second period when he sprung in alone on a breakaway. Magee made a quick move to his backhand before he slipped the puck through Myles’ pads. The Royals quickly added to their lead at the 3:27 mark to make it a 3-0 game. Soy picked off a pass at the right face-off circle and centered the puck to Brandon Fushimi who rifled the puck top corner on Myles. Danny Mumaugh then relieved Myles between the pipes for Seattle. At the 4:48 mark, Shea Theodore beat Vollrath to get Seattle on the board. Theodore later notched his second of the game at 14:50 to make it a one-goal game. Fushimi restored the Royals’ two-goal lead at the 18:10 mark when he took advantage of a face-off win in the Thunderbirds’ end and let a wrist shot fly past Mumaugh. The Royals headed into the second intermission with a 4-2 lead.

At the 3:09 mark of the third period, Theodore completed the hat-trick for Seattle with a shot through traffic that made it a 4-3 game. The Thunderbirds continued to attack the Royals, but Vollrath stood tall. Seattle looked to have tied the game at 13:09, but the goal was called off due to goaltender interference. The Thunderbirds pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker late, but Vollrath made two more of his 43 saves and Magee added an empty-netter to secure the win for the visitors.

Final score, Victoria 5 Spokane 3.

Victoria went 0/2= 0% on the powerplay, while Seattle went 0/3= 0%. The Thunderbirds outshot the Royals 46-20.

Victoria will now travel south to Portland to face the Winterhawks on Saturday night to complete a two-game road trip. The Royals return to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday, November 15th when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds for a 7:05 p.m. start.

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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