Royals fend off Tigers

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by Corey St. Laurent

January 22, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – In a Tuesday night tilt at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals took on the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start in net, while the Tigers countered with Marek Langhamer.

Austin Carroll came close to opening the scoring for the home team midway through the first period, but Langhamer made a big glove save to keep it scoreless. Moments later, Brandon Fushimi struck for the Royals at the 13:44 mark while on the powerplay. Travis Brown found Fushimi in the slot where he let a wrist shot go that found the top left corner of the net. Fushimi’s goal was initially missed by the official, but Brown scored seconds later to cause a stoppage and a review determined the Thornton, CO native had in fact scored. Vollrath and Langhamer traded late saves to keep the game 1-0 at the first intermission.

Brandon Magee posted his 16th goal of the season just 1:06 into the second period. Langhamer stopped Axel Blomqvist’s shot, but Magee dug the puck loose and buried the rebound to make it a two-goal game. Medicine Hat got on the board at the 5:46 mark when Curtis Valk’s shot beat Vollrath on the powerplay. Victoria spent the majority of the second period in Medicine Hat’s zone, but failed to capitalize. The Tigers finished the period on the powerplay, but Vollrath continued to play well and preserved a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Victoria’s penalty kill unit went to work early in the third period and thwarted a Medicine Hat equalizer. Midway through the frame, Jack Walker narrowly increased the Royals’ lead, but Langhamer made a diving save to keep it a one-goal game. Vollrath replied with a highlight reel glove save of his own to keep the Royals in front. With under two minutes remaining in regulation, Medicine Hat pulled Langhamer for an extra attacker, but time ran out on the visitors and Victoria skated away with the two points.

Victoria went 1/5= 20.0% on the powerplay, while Medicine Hat also went 1/5= 20.0%. The Royals outshot the Tigers 30-29.

The Royals will now embark on a brief two-game B.C. Division road swing that will see the team make stops in Kamloops and Vancouver on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Royals return to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday, January 31st to host the Vancouver Giants.

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. Kids Club memberships, for fans 12 years and younger, are also available for only $20 and include four child tickets, a t-shirt, newsletters from Marty the Marmot and much more!

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