Royals clip Thunderbirds in overtime


Images by – Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

November 15, 2013, Victoria (ISN) – In a Friday night tilt at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals welcomed the Seattle Thunderbirds for the first of a two-game set. The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start in goal for the third straight game, while the Thunderbirds countered with Danny Mumaugh.

Branden Troock opened the scoring for Seattle just 1:32 into the game. Troock tipped Kevin Wolf’s point shot past the blocker of Vollrath to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Victoria pressed for an equalizer midway through the frame, but Mumaugh stood his ground to keep Seattle ahead. Taylor Crunk and Troock dropped the gloves as time expired in the first with the Thunderbirds holding a one-goal lead.

Royals Logan Nelson showed some trickey foot and puck work to work his way into the Thunderbirds end during game one Friday night. – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

The Royals continued to press in the opening minutes of the frame. Ben Walker had a good chance to even the score when he broke in on a partial break, but had the puck bounce off his stick. With 7:01 left in middle period, Brandon Magee solved Mumaugh to tie the game. Magee grabbed a loose puck along the left wing before he glided to the slot and snapped a shot high glove side to put Victoria on the board. The Royals headed to the powerplay late, but were unable to capitalize and the game headed into the second intermission in a 1-1 tie.

Victoria Royals Steven Hodges would literally “spilt” the T-Bird defense Friday night breaking into the Seattle end – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Victoria opened the third period strongly, but Mumaugh continued to stand tall in net for the Thunderbirds. The Royals had an opportunity to seize the lead with a powerplay chance at the 9:13 mark, but couldn’t beat the Seattle netminder. The two teams traded chances late in the frame as Brandon Fushimi and Magee each nearly connected for the Royals. Nothing would be solved, however, and overtime was needed to find a winner.

Seattle Thunderbird goalie Danny Mamaugh played well enough to keep his team even during regulation time, but would give up a Logan Nelson goal in OT to take the loss. – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

It took only 52 seconds until Logan Nelson put home the overtime winner for the home side. Ben Walker circled around the back of the net and found an open Nelson who fired a shot over the glove of Mumaugh to give the Royals the victory. Royals 2 Thunderbirds 1.

Royals #16 Jack Palmer narrowly misses the pass in front of goalie Mamaugh in the second period – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Victoria went 0/3 = 0.0% on the powerplay, while Seattle went 0/1 = 0.0%. The Royals outshot the Thunderbirds 34-22.

Brandon Magee gets a breather after scoring the tying goal to pull his Royals team even with a strong Seattle team. Magee as been a scoring machine lately, scoring five goals n the month of November – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

The Royals will host Mathew Barzal and the Thunderbirds for the second straight night tomorrow as it’s also Marty the Marmot’s birthday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre! Join Marty and his furry friends Saturday night when the puck drops at 7:05 p.m.!

Goalie Coleman Vollrath would get the game one OT win stopping 21 of 22 shots on the evening. Shown here clearing the puck away. – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

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Royals would start to use their bodies more in the second period to slow the Seattle Thunderbirds. Defenseman Jake Kohlhauser of the Royals knocks Mathew Barzal off his game. – Erich Eichhorn image ( )