by Corey St. Laurent
February 21, 2014, Regina, SK (ISN) – On Friday night, the Victoria Royals paid a visit to the Brandt Centre to face the Regina Pats carrying a seven-game win streak and a 14-game point streak. The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start in goal, while the Pats countered with Daniel Wapple.
Jack Palmer had the best Victoria chance early when he found the puck in front of the Regina net, but he was denied by the glove of Wapple. The Pats pushed back midway through the first period, but Vollrath made key saves to keep the game scoreless. The Royals had an opportunity to open the scoring with a five-on-three powerplay, but failed to capitalize and the two teams skated to a 0-0 draw after 20 minutes.
Chandler Stephenson opened the scoring for the home team 2:06 into the second period before Regina’s Colby Williams made it 2-0 for the Pats on a powerplay just 2:54 later. Dmitry Sinistyn increased Regina’s lead to three at the 9:31 mark of the middle frame. Victoria looked to respond with another two-man advantage, but once again were unable to solve Wapple. Tempers flared as the buzzer sounded and the Royals trailed by three at the second intermission.
Brandon Magee got the Royals on the board with a powerplay marker 4:55 into the third period. Austin Carroll circled behind the Pats’ net and found Magee in front where the Edmonton, AB native fired a shot through Wapple to cut the lead to 3-1. Victoria pressed to cut into the deficit as they threw a flurry of chances at the Regina netminder and eventually solved Wapple again when Carroll struck with 5:46 left in the third period. Steven Hodges won the offensive face-off back to Carroll who rolled out into the high slot and wristed a shot just under the crossbar to make it 3-2. Victoria pulled Vollrath for the extra attacker with just over one minute left in regulation, but were unable to force overtime as a seven-game win streak come to an end. Royals 2 Pats 3.
Victoria went 1/6 = 16.7% on the powerplay, while Regina went 1/4 = 25.0%. The Royals outshot the Pats 33-27.
The regulation loss marked the first in 15 games for the Royals after going on an impressive 12-0-1-1 run, a franchise record. Victoria also saw their franchise record-setting nine-game road win streak and franchise record-tying seven-game win streak come to a close on Friday night.
The Royals will wrap up an Eastern Conference road swing tomorrow night in Saskatoon when they take on the Blades. Puck drop is set for 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The Royals return to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on March 7th when they host the Kamloops Blazers for Save-On-Foods Night!
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