Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN)
November 23,2013 Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals would wrap up their 2 game Western Hockey League British Columbia Division series with the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday night at Save On Foods Memorial Centre. Patrik Polivka would put in another 1st star performance backstopping the Royals to a 5-0 win.
Polivka would have and easier night between the pipes on Saturday as the stingy defence of the Royals limited the Blazers to few good scoring chances on their 26 shots. While Kamloops’ Bolton Pouliot wouldn’t fair as well allowing all 5 goals on 31 shots.
Victoria’s Logan Fisher leads the charge against the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Edson Harlacher of the Kamloops Blazers dumps the puck into the Victoria Royals zone during WHL action at Save On Foods Memorial Centre. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Blazers’ goaltender Bolton Pouliot has a shot from Victoria’s Keegan Kanzig elude his glove and find the back of the net during Saturday night’s WHL game at Save On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Calgary Flames draft pick Keegan Kanzig opened the scoring for the Royals with a laser from the point that beat Pouliot glove side for a 1-0 Royals lead. Victoria would then show why their penalty kill is rated tops in the league killing off 3 Kamploops power plays to head in to the 2nd intermission up 1-0.
Tyler Soy of the Victoria Royals carries the puck into the Kamloops Blazers zone on Saturday night. Soy would tally a pair of goals along with and assist to earn 2nd star honors. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Taylor Crunk attempts to direct the puck past Bolton Pouliot during 2nd period action at Save On Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Royals offence went to work in the 3rd period, Taylor Crunk added an insurance marker at 2:18, taking a face off win from Logan Fisher and firing a shot low through the pads of Pouliot. Rookie Tyler Soy would knotch his 7th goal of the season on the power play when he took a beautiful pass from Logan Nelson and deposited it in the back of the net. The power play clicked again when Isaac Schacher tallied his first WHL goal at 5:53. Soy would tally his 2nd of the night to round out the scoring and give the Royals a 5-0 win, their 4th in a row.
Kamloops’ Josh Connelly attempts to fire a shot through the screen of Victoria’s Keegan Kanzig during WHL action at Save On Foods Memorial Centre. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Kamloops’ Joe Kornelsen is unable to get his stick on the loose puck as Victoria’s Patrik Polivka looks to cover it. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Royal finished the night 2/4 on the power play while the Blazers went 0/4 and out shot Kamloops 31-26.
Next up for the Royals is a trip to Washington State to take on the Tri Cities Americans on November 29 and Seattle Thunderbirds on November 30 before heading back to Save On Foods Memorial Centre on December 3 to host the Kootenay Ice.