November 20, 2013, Kelowna, BC (ISN) – In a Wednesday night contest at Prospera Place, the Victoria Royals took on the Kelowna Rockets. The Royals gave Patrik Polivka the start in net, while the Rockets countered with Jordan Cooke.
Tyler Soy opened the scoring for the Royals 2:58 into the first period. After a Rockets’ shot hit the post, Mitch Skapski, who earned his first point as a Royal on the play, chipped the puck up to Soy. The rookie forward broke down the left wing and fired the puck through the pads of Cooke for the early lead. Kelowna had an opportunity to respond soon after with a five-on-three powerplay for 52 seconds, but Polivka and the penalty kill unit denied the chance. The Rockets had a flurry of chances late, but Polivka continued to make key saves to keep the Royals up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.
At the 7:47 mark of the second period, Tyson Baillie snapped a blocker side shot past Polivka to even the game at 1-1. The Rockets had another five-on-three powerplay chance with 7:30 left the second, but once again Victoria’s penalty kill unit came up big and kept the game tied. The Royals continued to play tough, defensive hockey and the score remained tied as the two teams headed into the second intermission.
Austin Carroll regained the lead for the Royals with a powerplay goal 6:44 into the third frame. From the right corner, a centering pass redirected off the skate of Carroll to give Victoria a 2-1 edge. Ben Walker later increased the Royals lead at the 12:09 mark. The Edina, MN native flew down the right wing and wristed a low shot far side past Cooke for a 3-1 lead. With 4:59 left in the frame, Brandon Fushimi added Victoria’s third goal of the period on the powerplay thanks to a Brandon Magee pass in front. The Royals held off the Rockets’ attack the rest of the way to end Kelowna’s nine-game winning streak and secure a franchise-record fifth consecutive road victory. Royals 4 Rockets 1.
Victoria went 2/5 = 40.0% on the powerplay, while Kelowna went 0/5 = 0.0%. The Rockets outshot the Royals 27-19.
The Royals will now return to Vancouver Island for a weekend doubleheader with the Kamloops Blazers that begins on Friday night. Puck drop on Friday is set for 7:05 p.m. at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
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