Royals topple Wheat Kings


by Corey St. Laurent

February 19, 2014, Brandon (ISN) – On Wednesday night, the Victoria Royals visited the Brandon Wheat Kings at Westman Place in search of the club’s franchise record-tying seventh consecutive win. The Royals started Patrik Polivka between the pipes, while the Wheat Kings countered with Curtis Honey.

Brandon defenceman Ryan Pulock opened the scoring for the home team at the 4:42 mark of the first period. Victoria responded just 14 seconds later on Logan Nelson’s 20th tally of the season. Nelson fired a slap shot from the point that found its way through traffic and beat Honey glove side to tie the game.

The Royals continued to press as Tyler Soy gave Victoria the lead at 8:50. Jack Walker carried the puck into the offensive zone and fed a nice pass into the low slot where Soy wired a wrist shot past the Wheat Kings’ netminder. Steven Hodges made it a 3-1 Royals’ lead at the 14:04 mark when he converted a loose puck near the Brandon crease. The Royals would add their fourth goal of the period at 17:01 as Austin Carroll rifled a wrist shot over the glove of Honey for his team-leading 31st marker. After 20 minutes of play, Victoria led 4-1.

Tyler Coulter answered for Brandon at the 9:00 minute mark of the second stanza to make it a two-goal game, but the Royals responded just 2:26 later to restore their three-goal edge. Victoria forward Axel Blomqvust controlled the puck in the right corner before he saucered a pass to Keegan Kanzig who sniped a wrist shot off the left post and in from the high slot. The middle frame came to a close with the Royals up by a 5-2 score.

The Royals were dealt three minor penalties in the third period and killed two, but Brandon struck on the man advantage at 17:15 courtesy of Rihard Bukarts. That was as close as the Wheat Kings would come as the Royals tied a season high with 49 shots on goal en route to posting their seventh consecutive win and ninth straight road victory. Victoria 5 Brandon 3.

The Royals went 0/2 = 0.0% on the powerplay, while Brandon went 1/3 = 33.3%. The Royals outshot the Wheat Kings 49-26.

The Royals have now recorded points in a franchise-record 14 straight games and will continue their Eastern Conference road trip on Friday when they visit the Regina Pats. Puck is scheduled to drop at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Victoria will return to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday, March 7th to open up a two-game set with the Kamloops Blazers.

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