Royals fight off Raiders


by Corey St. Laurent

February 15, 2014, Prince Albert, SK (ISN) – On Saturday night, the Victoria Royals faced off against the Prince Albert Raiders at the Art Hauser Centre. The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start in net, while the Raiders countered with Cole Cheveldave.

The Raiders struck first at the 6:56 mark when Josh Morrissey beat Vollrath on the powerplay. Victoria pressed to equalize midway through the first period but Cheveldave stood tall to preserve Prince Albert’s lead. Austin Carroll tied the game for Victoria at the 17:52 mark on his 29th goal of the season. From behind the net, Logan Nelson centered a pass to Carroll in the low slot where he placed a quick snap shot past the blocker of Cheveldave and the two teams headed into the first intermission in a 1-1 tie.

Victoria’s Taylor Crunk and Prince Albert’s Chance Braid dropped the gloves just eight seconds into the second frame for a tilt that spurred both benches. Sawyer Lange later put the Raiders back in front at the 10:40 mark on another powerplay marker. Less than two minutes later, Steven Hodges tied the game for the Royals. Axel Blomqvist skated around the Prince Albert zone and slid the puck into the slot while fighting off defenders before Hodges pounced on the opportunity and buried his 18th of the year.

Ben Walker then gave Victoria their first lead of the game at the 13:59 mark. Walker’s initial shot was denied by Cheveldave, but the Edina, MN native found his own rebound and beat Cheveldave between the pads. Calder Brooks picked up an equalizer for the Raiders at the 15:05 mark and after 40 minutes of play the game was tied 3-3.

Prince Albert regained the lead at the 5:21 mark of the third period on a goal by former Royal Dakota Conroy. Travis Brown struck for Victoria at 9:49 while on a powerplay. Brandon Magee outwaited Cheveldave in slot before he circled the net and found Brown alone at the left face-off dot. Cheveldave got a piece of Brown’s shot, but the puck sailed into back of the net. Jack Walker later put the Royals ahead at the 14:54 mark when he deflected in a hard point shot from Joe Hicketts to make it 5-4. Victoria was forced to kill off a late penalty, but the Raiders’ comeback bid was stymied and the Royals skated to their seventh consecutive road victory. VIC 5 PA 4.

Victoria went 1/3= 33.3% on the powerplay, while Prince Albert went 2/4= 50.0%. The Royals outshot the Raiders 35-26.

The Royals are now undefeated in regulation in their past 12 games, breaking a franchise record set in 2010-11, and will continue a five-game Eastern Conference road trip Monday in Moose Jaw. Puck drop on Monday is set for 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Victoria returns to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday, March 7th.

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