Story: Corey St. Laurent, Photos: Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
December 28, 2013, Victoria (ISN) – In a Friday night contest at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals hosted the Prince George Cougars for the first of a two-game weekend set.
The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start in the net, while the Cougars countered with Ty Edmonds.
Royals Jake Kohlhauser, strong on his skates, holds off Cougars Chase Witala – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Axel Blomqvist opened the scoring at the 2:14 mark of the first period and then netted his second of the game just 3:20 later to jump start the Royals’ offence. Steven Hodges and Brandon Magee were credited with the assists on each of Blomqvist’s early goals. Magee then made it a 3-0 Victoria lead at the 8:21 mark.
Cougars winger Klarc Wilson was unable to redirect the puck on Vollrath on this centering attempt – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Edmonton, AB native walked into the slot and fired a wrist shot past Edmonds’ glove as the line of Blomqvist, Hodges and Magee combined for eight points in the opening frame and the Royals took a three-goal advantage into the first intermission.
Prince George Cougar goalie Ty Edmonds would be stoned with eight Royals goals against Friday night. Seemingly, the only pucks that didn’t find the back of the net were those shot to the outside, as the Royals found their scoring touch – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Blomqvist completed the hat-trick 5:46 into the second period to give Victoria a 4-0 lead. Magee added his third assist of the game when he dished the puck to Blomqvist who was stationed to the left of Edmonds.
Victoria Royals Ben Walker backs up the Cougars defenseman Sam Ruopp with a burst of speed in game one Friday night a SOF Arena – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Jack Palmer became the first hometown product to score for Victoria when he increased the lead to 5-0 at the 7:21 mark. Jack Walker, in his first game back after missing the past 21, notched his first goal of the season when he banked the puck off Edmonds’ left pad to make it a 6-0 game at the 13:02 mark. Austin Carroll closed out the second period with his team-leading 19th goal of the season at 17:54 to make it 7-0 after 40 minutes of play.
Brandon Magee of the Victoria Royals looks cross ice for teammate Steven Hodges while on the power play – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Hodges made it 8-0 for Victoria 3:48 into the third period on a set-up from Jack Walker. With the goal on the play, the Yellowknife, NWT native tied the franchise record for most points in a game with five as he also notched four assists on the night.
Royals Steve Hodges brings the puck in onside looking cross ice for an open teammate. Hodges would tally 4 assists and one goal as his Royals team peppered a stunned Prince George team – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Prince George got the board at the 7:20 mark of the third as Jordan Tkatch spoiled Vollrath’s shutout bid, but the Royals skated away with the decisive victory in the club’s first game back after the WHL’s Christmas break. Royals 8 Cougars 1.
Recently acquired by the Calgary Flames on a entry level contract, Keegan Kanzig brings the puck out from behind his net at netminder Coleman Vollrath looks on – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Victoria went 0/3 = 0.0% on the powerplay, while Prince George went 1/3 = 33.3%. The Cougars outshot the Royals 37-36.
Victoria Royals goalie Coleman Vollrath stretches from post to post to try to stop this shot by Cougars Jordan Tkatch. The Cougars could only solve Vollrath once Friday night to drop the game 8-1 to the highflying Royals – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Royals will look for a repeat performance tomorrow night when the Cougars visit Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre once again. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m.
Royals defenseman Jake Kohlhauser and goalie Coleman Vollrath look on as Cougars Jordan Tkatch beats them both for the Cougars only goal on the evening in game one of the two game series at SOF Arena – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
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